PRODUCTION COMPANY: First Team Productions
PRODUCER / DIRECTOR: Stanley Livingston
WRITER: Stanley Livingston
LOCATIONS: Los Angeles, CA; Beaver Falls, PA
STATUS: In Development
JOHNNY-NO-FACE - SYNOPSIS
Johnny-No-Face is fast paced and unique horror film and is based on a real-life character that lived in and terrorized the residents of a small rural town just outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The story, which opens in the mid 1920's, literally begins with a "jolt" as we witness Johnny's face deforming electrical accident as a young teenager. Johnny and a friend are flying a kite that becomes tangled the wires of a high-voltage power pole. Johnny struggles to disentangle his friend’s kite and comes into contact with a patch of un-insulated wiring. He survives the fall and the electrocution – but is horribly disfigured.
We flash forward to late 1950s and the story continues "American Graffiti" like to the beat of the early days of Rock and Roll. A group of hell-raising teenagers are out partying and looking for a good time… or trouble. We learn that Johnny, now a man in his early forties, has become a bit of "local eerie legend " and a constant topic of conversation among the teenagers!
To avoid contact with the townspeople, who scorn and are repulsed by him, Johnny has taken to concealing his grotesque hideousness in public by wearing a tattered and eerie looking burlap hood. Johnny ventures forth, apparition-like, from the refuge and alienation of his wooden shack deep in the bowels of the nearby forest… but only after dark! Johnny has become the perfect scapegoat and is blamed for every misdeed that happens in the town… from missing property, to missing people!
The audience soon discovers that despite his hideous disfigurement, Johnny is not a "creature-of –the-night", but merely a misunderstood and lonely soul (ala "The Elephant Man"). He is withering away internally from lack of human companionship, compassion and kindness. In fact, we discover that Johnny is a man full of redeeming qualities and incredible artistic abilities!
The "twist" to the story is the slow realization that it is the teens and the adults of this town who are the true "monsters", as they find increasingly cruel and malicious ways to tease, humiliate and terrorize poor defenseless Johnny.
Their twisted games continue until one night, one of their pranks goes to far. A gun discharges and Johnny collapses. Thinking that they have mortally wounded Johnny, the group of teens swears an oath of silence and then conspires to bury him in a shallow grave in the forest. But… Johnny is not dead! The gunshot wound has left him not only in agony, but also completely out of his mind.
Johnny rises up from near death to enact a horrible revenge on the guilty as well as the innocent who "just went along for the ride". The "good times" of the first half of the film fade away and are replaced by a chilling and suspenseful action that builds to our climax as the group of perpetrators try to escape Johnny's mindless wrath and vengeance.
Several twists and surprises in the film's second half culminate with a "mind blowing" revelation!