The Ghastly Love of Johnny X

The Ghastly Love of Johnny X

Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by Paul Bunnell
Produced by Paul Bunnell
John Duffy
Mark Willoughby
Kristina West
Written by Steve Bingen
Paul Bunnell
Mark D. Murphy
George Wagner
Starring Will Keenan
Creed Bratton
De Anna Joy Brooks
Reggie Bannister
Les Williams
Jed Rowen
Kate Maberly
Paul Williams
Kevin McCarthy
Music by Ego Plum
Cinematography Francisco Bulgarelli
Edited by Russell Harnden III
Ottermole Moving Picture Company
Distributed by Strand Releasing
Release dates
  • March 6, 2012 (2012-03-06)
Running time
106 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2 million
Box office $2,436[1]

The Ghastly Love of Johnny X is a 2012 American musical science fiction comedy film written, produced, and directed by Paul Bunnell. It stars Will Keenan, Creed Bratton, and De Anna Joy Brooks, Reggie Bannister, Les Williams, Jed Rowen and features, in supporting roles, Kate Maberly, Paul Williams and Kevin McCarthy. It was the last feature film shot in Kodak Plus-X.[2]

The film is an homage to 1950's sci-fi, teen and the rock and roll of the era. It follows the adventures of Johnny X, an alien on Earth who is chasing his ex-girlfriend after she steals his powerful invention: the resurrection suit.


Johnny X (Will Keenan) is an alien banished to Earth with his loyal followers. They take up the guise of a greaser gang and drive through the desert. Meanwhile, at a diner, a woman named Bliss (De Anna Joy Brooks) - who is Johnny's ex-girlfriend - asks an employee named Chip (Les Williams) to runaway with her. Johnny and his gang show up and Johnny uses a glove with mysterious powers to control Bliss. Chip manages to back a car up over the glove, breaking it and freeing Bliss.

Chip and Bliss escape to an empty drive-in movie theater. She explains that Johnny invented a "resurrection suit" that could give him control over anyone with special metal implants. Though Johnny had the right hand glove, she stole the rest of the suit and that is why Johnny is chasing her.

A concert promoter named King Clayton (Reggie Bannister) comes to Johnny and reveals where Bliss is heading. Clayton then asks for a favor in return for the information. He explains that Johnny's long-lost father and rock star Mickey O'Flynn (Creed Bratton) died suddenly and he wants Johnny to use the resurrection suit to control the musician's corpse for a concert. Johnny agrees to do so because doing an unselfish act will allow him and his gang to return to their home planet.

Gang member Sluggo (Jed Rowen), however, overloads the resurrection suit during the show and this causes O'Flynn to become a zombie. Sluggo and O'Flynn then leave the concert hall together. They track down Bliss, whom Sluggo drugs and kidnaps.

Sluggo demands Johnny bring him the resurrection suit so he can fulfill a plan to create a whole army of zombies. Johnny complies and reunites with O'Flynn. As his zombie father dies for a second time, he tells Johnny not to fail Bliss like he failed Johnny. The gang puts up a fight and defeats Sluggo. This is just the selfless act they need to be allowed to return to their home planet.

Johnny and Bliss, however, decide to stay on Earth and drive away together.



The film opened in a single theater on October 26, 2012 and grossed $86 in the first weekend. At the end of its run (of merely two theaters), the film had grossed $2,436.[1]


  1. 1 2 "The Ghastly Love of Johnny X (2012)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. May 31, 2013. Retrieved October 3, 2014.
  2. Scott Jordan Harris. "The Ghastly Joys of "Johnny X"". Retrieved November 9, 2015.
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