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The Ghastly Love of Johnny X 2012

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4.0 out of 5 stars (58) IMDb 5.7/10

Banished to Earth for intergalactic juvenile delinquency, Johnny X and his gang of Ghastly Ones set off in search of a piece of alien technology that could change the fate of the universe forever-- the so-called "resurrection suit." Soon, the extraterrestrial no-goodnicks are embroiled in a wacky scheme that nobody could have predicted.

Starring:
Will Keenan, Creed Bratton
Runtime:
1 hour, 45 minutes

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PAUL BUNNELL LOVES RETRO HORROR/SCI~FI. AND HIS MASTERWORK "THE GHASTLY LOVE OF JOHNNY X" PROVES IT. OTHERWISE KNOWN AS "JUVENILE DELINQUENTS FROM OUTER SPACE", THIS VISUAL ACHIEVEMENT IS A BLAST! IT IS A HORROR-SCIFI-POP CULTURE-MUSICAL ALL IN ONE. YOU GET ALIENS, WILD WOMEN, A "ZOMBIE ELVIS/ROY ORBISON MUTATION" AS I CALL IT, AND ENDLESS RETRO TRIBUTES TO THE GOLDEN AGE OF AMERICAN HORROR-SCIFI (1950'S-1960'S). NOT A CHEAP B-MOVIE, THIS IS AN ART FILM AND A LABOR OF LOVING OBSESSION WITH YESTERYEAR'S MOVIE CLASSICS OF THE CULT CINEMA.
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The cult oddity "The Ghastly Love of Johnny X" is one of those rare movies that I suspect will be a complete love-it or hate-it phenomenon. Some will say the movie is a masterpiece of originality while others will decry it one of the worst movies ever made. Just watch, I fully stand by this prediction! For my taste, the movie is neither extreme. This low budget endeavor is an obvious labor of love to its makers and cast, it has some genuinely memorable moments, but it never really comes together as strongly as you might hope. I was really looking forward to "The Ghastly Love of Johnny X" because the idea really appealed to my oddball sensibilities. I have been known to champion cult films of this type (Larry Blamire films, for example, come to mind, especially the sublimely silly The Trail of the Screaming Forehead). Mixing science fiction with musicals with sixties era juvenile delinquents, there is certainly no lack of imagination in director Paul Bunnell's vision. But the movie is wildly uneven and as much as I wanted to love it, it never fully connected with me.

The movie starts off on a distant planet as Johnny Xavier (Will Keenan) stands trial for a seemingly bad attitude and general non-conformity. Banished to Earth with his acolytes, we next see the group (the self-proclaimed Ghastlys) dolled up like extras in "West Side Story" and stomping through the desert in pursuit of Keenen's ex. On the run, she (De Anna Joy Brooks plays Bliss) enters a desolate diner where she meets up with a innocent soda jerk (Les Williams) and a ruthless music promoter (Reggie Bannister). When Johnny catches up with her, the movie kicks into a ambitious musical number that serves to introduce the characters more fully.
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Here's a great one that may have slid by your cinematic radar. This film is just the kind of cinematic lunacy that really strikes a chord with me, and I bet if you are in the mood for a slice of something off-kilter topped off with tons of b-movie reverence it will with you too! Picture if you will a film that is equal parts Broadway show and Ed Wood film and you are getting close to just what this film has in store for you! Intergalactic juvenile delinquent Johnny X (Will Keenan) is banished to earth with his gang of hoodlums, where his prized possession, The Resurrection Suit (a wardrobe that allows the wearer to control the bodies of others) is nixed by his girlfriend Bliss (De Anna Joy Brooks), and what follows is a madcap chase punctuated by zombie rock stars, UFOs, appearances by genre legends such as Reggie Bannister (Phantasm), Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) and musical genius Paul Williams (Phantom of the Paradise) and a ton of catchy tunes! Check this one out today folks, it could easily be the next Rocky Horror!
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There's simply no other movie quite like "The Ghastly Love of Johnny X." Is it sci-fi, a musical, a spoof, an homage, film noir, or a juvenile delinquent exploitation flick? Yes, yes, yes and all of the above. Genre purists may be put off at first because the movie is such an olio, but repeated viewings--now made possible with the DVD release--allow viewers to see how the film's varied references play off one another to create something new, totally original and certainly unique. Visually it's stunning, a worthy send-off to the last black-and-white film stock in existence. Ego Plum's score holds its own against the best of the 1950s sci-fi classics. Scott Martin's songs are a pastiche of rock-and-roll oldies, Broadway showstoppers, and MGM-style production numbers. With the exception of "These Lips That Never Lie," which is an out-and-out stunner, the songs' melodies may not be instantly accessible, but listeners will catch themselves humming stray melodic riffs from the tunes for weeks. (A CD of the score and songs is also available.) The tone of the film is arch, sometimes just on the edge of parody, but director Paul Bunnell (for whom this was clearly a labor of love) keeps his cast on the same page throughout. (Clearly the actors have been allowed to have fun with their roles. Check out the extras on the DVD, especially the tongue-in-cheek Featurette for "behind-the-scenes" footage.) The cast make themselves totally believable as 1950s-era oddballs and outcasts. Of special note, Will Kennan as interstellar juvenile delinquent Johnny X succeeds at creating a character that's simultaneously reprehensible and completely charismatic.Read more ›
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