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The Ghastly Love of Johnny X (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical | 3 March 2012 (USA)
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A truly mad concoction, blending 1950s juvenile delinquents, sci-fi melodrama, song-and-dance, and a touch of horror, everything in just the right combination to create an engaging big ... See full summary »

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Mickey O'Flynn
De Anna Joy Brooks ...
Bliss
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King Clayton
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Chip
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Sluggo
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Dandi Conners
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Cousin Quilty
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Lily Raquel (as Heather Provost)
Katherine Giaquinto ...
Bobbi Socks
David Slaughter ...
Marty
Morris Everett ...
Paul
Rebecca Burchett ...
Hope
Sara Grigsby ...
Annette
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A truly mad concoction, blending 1950s juvenile delinquents, sci-fi melodrama, song-and-dance, and a touch of horror, everything in just the right combination to create an engaging big screen spectacle! This curious and curiously entertaining story involves one Jonathan Xavier and his devoted misfit gang who, incidentally, have been exiled to Earth from the far reaches of outer space. Johnny's former girlfriend Bliss has left him and stolen his Resurrection Suit, a cosmic, mind-bending uniform that gives the owner power over others. Along the way, there will be several highly stylized musical numbers, lots of genuinely humorous dialogue, and a wacky plot-twist or two, all beautifully captured on the very last of Kodak's black-and-white Plus-X film stock. Written by Anthony Craig Gilbert

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Beware the Juvenile Delinquents from Outer Space! See more »


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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$86 (USA) (26 October 2012)

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$2,436 (USA) (24 May 2013)
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The Ghastly Love of Johnny X (2012) is notable for being the lowest grossing movie of 2012. According to Box Office Mojo it only made $117 during its one week theatrical run. See more »

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During end titles: "PHOTOGRAPHED ON THE LAST OF KODAK'S EASTMAN PLUS-X BLACK & WHITE NEGATIVE FILM 5231". See more »

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Music and Lyrics by Scott Martin
Performed by Will Keenan (uncredited), De Anna Joy Brooks (uncredited), Les Williams (uncredited), Katherine Giaquinto (uncredited), Sara Grigsby (uncredited), Rebecca Burchett (uncredited), Morris Everett (uncredited), David Slaughter (uncredited), Jed Rowen (uncredited), Lee Harris (uncredited), Christopher Metas (uncredited), Jim Newman (uncredited), Bruce Kimmel (uncredited)
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A throwback to those beatnik romps of yesteryear!
21 August 2013 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

A decade in-the-making, The Ghastly Love of Johnny X really comes together in the details. In order to make such a concept pop, this one needed as much research as guts and gumption to see it over the line, and filmmaker Paul Bunnell has obviously invested a significant amount of time and money into making sure his film rises to its many, many sources of inspiration. I can see John Waters in here; I can see alien invasion films; I can see the big monster movies of the atomic age; I can see West Wide Story; I can see James Dean's oeuvre; I can even see a bit of Frankenstein and Re-Animator. The fact that Bunnell has managed to rope all these influences together into one cohesive package is a feat that deserves 'high five' recognition. The songs by Ego Plum and lyricist Scott Martin aren't quite that of Bacharach or Leiber & Stoller, but they're tight, finger-snapping ditties that recall the show tunes of a bygone era and ornament the film perfectly without overwhelming it. Ultimately, The Ghastly Love of Johnny X is just too unique and beautiful not to recommend. You may like it, you may not. Either way, I guarantee it will be unlike anything you have seen before.


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