5.7/10
375
25 user 95 critic

The Ghastly Love of Johnny X (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical | 3 March 2012 (USA)
Trailer
1:55 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

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 »

Director:

Paul Bunnell
Reviews
4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Keenan ... Johnny X
Creed Bratton ... Mickey O'Flynn
De Anna Joy Brooks De Anna Joy Brooks ... Bliss
Reggie Bannister ... King Clayton
Les Williams ... Chip
Jed Rowen ... Sluggo
Kate Maberly ... Dandi Conners
Paul Williams ... Cousin Quilty
Kevin McCarthy ... The Grand Inquisitor
Heather R. Provost ... Lily Raquel (as Heather Provost)
Katherine Giaquinto ... Bobbi Socks
David Slaughter David Slaughter ... Marty
Morris Everett Morris Everett ... Paul
Rebecca Burchett Rebecca Burchett ... Hope
Sara Grigsby Sara Grigsby ... Annette
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A Truly Mad Concoction! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Barstow, California, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$86, 28 October 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,436, 26 May 2013
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the tuxedos Reggie Bannister wears belonged to Jerry Lewis. See more »

Crazy Credits

End Credits: "Any unauthorized duplication, copying, distribution, exhibition or use may result in civil liability, and/or criminal prosecution and the wrath of Sluggo." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rage of Innocence (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

That's For Me
Music and Lyrics by Scott Martin
Performed by Creed Bratton
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A real mixed bag

There are a lot of issues with this oddball movie, but the first thing that should be mentioned in any review of it is the wonderful performance of De Anna Joy Brooks, who pretty much single-handedly makes this movie kind of worth watching. In a film with a serious identity crisis, she is the one person involved who seems to understand how the movie should be played, a knowledge apparently not even possessed by the director.

It's hard to know exactly what this movie is aiming for. There are elements of 50s B-movie biker flicks, Ed Wood-style train wrecks, and Broadway musicals, but there's not a sense that the director knows how to mix these together. While it has cheesy sci-fi elements, it doesn't appear to want to be a send-up of bad movies, like the brilliant The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra. The musical numbers contain some pretty good songs (notably What's Up With Johnny) but are undercut by a lack of performers who actually know how to dance (only the guy with glasses looks like he's had any training). The biker elements are neither extreme enough to be parody nor effective enough to generate much drama. The movie also suffers severe pacing problems; scenes or individual shots just go on too long, and I'd trim a half hour from the hour and 45-minute movie.

Also, the "b" movie effect they seem to be going for is undercut by really nice choreography. Yes, it's strange to fault a low-budget movie for well-framed shots and beautiful lighting, but it just underscores the sense that there is no real vision for what this movie should be.

Or I should say there would be no vision if not for Brooks. Giving a funny, sexy performance, she offers a stream of snappy patter and knowing glances that makes every moment with her on screen work. Every time she is gone, the movie turns into a muddle.

There are a few other good performances in the movie, mostly from the older, more experienced actors (I love Paul Williams' bit as a kooky talk show host). But many of the bit actors have limited acting chops, and the guy playing Johnny lacks the bigger-than-life presence needed for the role.

I hope Brooks and the cinematographer have a chance to put their talents towards a worthier project.


5 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 25 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed