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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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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
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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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Katherine Giaquinto choreographed her fight with De Anna Joy Brooks. 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 »

Alternate Versions

A director approved 91 minute version was shown on The Schlocky Horror Picture Show: The Schlocky Horror Picture Show: The Ghastly Love of Johnny X in 2015. See more »


That's For Me
Music and Lyrics by Scott Martin
Performed by Creed Bratton
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Campy Throwback Fun!
14 September 2013 | by SB-FilmsSee all my reviews

I had first head about Johnny X a couple of years ago and had been wanting to see it, as I have been a fan of Will Keenan since TERROR FIRMER. I didn't know too much about the movie going in other than it was a sci-fi, and it was supposed to be the last movie ever, ever, shot on real black and white FILM. Not digital, but true film stock, lots of little pictures in a row, film. I had been meaning to look it up but had kind of forgotten about it until I actually came across it at my local library - which, I have to say, has an awesome taste in movie selections - and immediately grabbed it. Popping it in, we are treated with Kevin McCarthy (aka The Bad Guy from UHF...) sentencing Will Keenan to a horrible punishment for his crimes... Earth! *this is not a spoiler, this is the first minute of the film* I was also super excited to see that JX starred Reggie PHANTASM Banister and Creed THE OFFICE Bratton in juicy roles as well. Overall this is a really fun homage to 50's sci-fi that gets just about everything right, from the costumes to the cars to the sets to the songs. It updates a few things here and there (mostly the effects), but keeps that camp feel that makes watching old films so much fun. If you "got" and enjoyed THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA, JX will be right up your alley. If you like watching MST3K, but sometimes more for the 50's movies themselves, you'll love this. Highly recommended.

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Release Date:

3 March 2012 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Barstow, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$86, 28 October 2012

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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