Our week of low-budget monster movie premieres kicks off with this mélange of ’50s sci-fi tropes: juvenile delinquents, aliens, flying saucers and, of course, musical numbers.
Ok, that last one is a bit of curveball but Johnny X makes it all look gorgeous with the last batch of Kodak’s Eastman Plus-X black and white film stock.
In the same vein as The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra and the films of local filmmaker Christopher R. Mihm, Johnny X should fit right in in the town that birthed Mystery Science Theater 3000.
The Ghastly Love of Johnny X
Monday and Tuesday, June 3rd and 4th — 7pm and 9pm
Low-budget monster movie workhorses Joe Estevez (star of 60% of straight-to-vhs horror films) and director Gary Jones (who worked himself up from an effects guy on Evil Dead to a director/writer of similar fare) team up to deliver an American take on the Finnish film Rare Exports. Instead of a bloodthirsty Santa, Axe Giant twists the tall tale of Paul Bunyan into one of vengeance as the outsized lumberjack goes to murderous town on a bunch of jerkoff kids who desecrated the grave of Babe (the ox, not the pig).
Estevez looks to be in high, crazy-eyed form as a weird dude in the woods. And Dan Haggerty (TV’s Grizzly Adams) appears as well — probably because he’s upset over Bunyan’s tendency to murder bears. Looks to be great fare for lovers of low-budget moster fun.
At The Trylon microcinema
Wednesday, June 5th — 7pm