It could only come from Paul Bunnell- a world in which aliens and juvenile delinquents sing and dance, where characters are named Bliss and Chip, where a trip to Earth is punishment, and where every car but one is a Thunderbird. Years ago, when I was living in LA, I bought a cool aqua 1960 Thunderbird from Paul. After a few seasons I sold it to another friend and Paul tracked it down and bought it back. He lived and breathed Thunderbird.
So while it may have been news that he's finally created "The Ghastly Love of Johnny X," billed as the ultimate Outer Space Teenage Delinquent Musical, it wasn't a surprising to me in the least that the film also stands as a love letter to the T-Bird. Three different Thunderbirds, including the aqua coupe which we've both owned, grace the big screen.
And while the film itself is notable for being the last movie to be filmed on Kodak's iconic black and white Plus-X film stock, the stills and production photos are in living color. Paul recently sent me a batch of photos to share with you- you can clearly see the loving way in which the three Thunderbirds (1960 coupe, 1960 convertible and bad boy Johnny X's black 1964 convertible) are presented.
Take a look at the photos- now really, doesn't it look like Thunderbird should get screen credit?
And here's the trailer- presented in GhastlyScope, of course!
Congratulations, Paul Bunnell on your wonderful new film.
Photos by Sara Ross-Samko and David Keeler and presented courtesy of Ottermole Moving Picture Company- all rights reserved.