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The Ghastly Love of Johnny X (2012)

 -  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 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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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$86 (USA) (26 October 2012)


$2,436 (USA) (24 May 2013)

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Production was abruptly halted after director Paul Bunnell ran out of money during the initial shooting of this film. Six years later Bunnell managed to amass the necessary money and got the cast back together to complete the shooting of this picture. See more »

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A True MASTERWORK of Art! This is Sci-Fi, Musical Comedy at it's finest!!
30 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

Now THIS is a FILM!! A REAL FILM, from top to bottom, inside and out. It was made for people who love film. If you have seen the trailer for this film and are wondering if the actual movie lives up to the trailer, well that trailer doesn't even scratch the surface. Even though the trailer too is awesome, this movie itself is a million times better than you think it will even be after watching the trailer.

I'm sure you have read the synopsis, so I will spare you going over the plot points here and just tell you why you should see this film. From the very first frame to the vast last, even after the ending credits have rolled, The Ghastly Love of Johnny X is a true MASTERWORK of Art and Wizardry, through and through. Such fine care and attention went into every last detail and frame of this film, that I feel blessed to be able to sit back and witness the final vision and you should too. What I respect about it most is that it has such an extraordinarily strong sense of self identity, that it does not falter from it's unique and strange personality for even a second. This film lives in its own universe. It does not care to please the masses. It only cares to be live and breathe in the universe that it is.

Both Quintin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez could learn more than just a thing or two from watching this film. This film reaches a point of greatness that those two have been TRYING to reach their whole careers but nearly always seem to just fall short of; here comes Paul Bunnell seemingly out of nowhere to show them how it's really done. The Johnny X film does not attempt greatness, it IS greatness! Everything from the directing, cinematography, slick camera work, lighting, editing, set designs, musical numbers, and the writing are all exceptionally on point. The whimsically rhythmical pacing of scenes and shots plus the purposeful overly theatrical acting also make this extremely fun to watch. Then there is the dialog... there is no shortage when it comes to ingeniously witty comedic dialog that will have you literally laughing out loud throughout the length of the film. The unbelievably brilliant wit and perfect comedic timing of the dialog makes this film absolutely HILARIOUS and worthy of multiple viewings! I've seen this movie twice now, and it's even better the 2nd time around. If this particular B&W Kodak Film Stock had to go out, then I'm glad it went down in a blaze of Johnny X glory.

It's better than Sin City in every single way. Not since Road Racers has Rodriguez even come close to touching Johnny X.

If you were able to take and combine Robert Rodriguez and Quintin Tarantino, bring them back to their glory days and make them way better at what they do and took away the extreme violence and mean spirited nature of their films and replaced it with superior quick wit and musical numbers, you would still only be looking at mere surface of The Ghastly Love of Johnny X. It's time put on your specks and watch this film for yourself and see what I'm talking about!! This movie is better than any hype I could give it. It is destined to become a cult classic.

The Ghastly Love of Johnny X is a film that is more than deserving of the Criterion treatment. Not only does this film stand up tall along side the best movies ever made, it is also historically significant being the last feature to ever be shot on the B&W Kodak Plus-X film. I wouldn't be at all surprised if at some point soon we see a Johnny X blu-ray as part of The Criterion Collection.

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