Destroy All Movies!!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film

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The most dazzlingly insane film reference book of all time, Destroy All Movies!!! is an informative, hilarious and impossibly complete guide to every appearance of a punk (or new waver!) to hit the screen in the 20th Century. This wildly comprehensive release contains A-to-Z coverage of over 1100 feature films from around the world, as well as dozens of exclusive interviews with the cast/creators of crucial titles like Repo Man, Return of the Living Dead, The Decline of Western Civilization and Valley Girl. Also examined are several hundred prime examples of straight-to-VHS slasher trash, Brooklyn skid row masterpieces, Filipino breakdancing fairytales, no-budget apocalyptic epics and movies that shouldn't even have been released, many of which have never been written about. Plus hundreds of eyeball-smashing stills and posters, many in full color!

Interviewees include screen veteran punk musicians Richard Hell, Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat, Lee Ving of Fear, Exene Cervenka and John Doe of X, Keith Morris of Black Flag and Circle Jerks, Chris D. of The Flesh Eaters, Youth Brigade's Shawn Stern, Sickie Wifebeater of The Mentors, Ivan Kral of the Patti Smith Group and many others. Also featured are conversations with filmmakers Penelope Spheeris (the Decline of Western Civilization documentaries, Suburbia), Mark Lester (Class of 1984), Martha Coolidge (Valley Girl), Alex Cox (Repo Man), Lech Kowalski (D.O.A.), Allan Arkush (Rock 'n' Roll High School), Amos Poe (The Blank Generation), Susan Seidelman (Smithereens), Slava Tsukerman (Liquid Sky), Alan Sacks (Du-beat-e-o), Eric Mitchell (Underground USA), Brian Trenchard-Smith (Dead End Drive-In), Dave Markey (Desperate Teenage Lovedolls), Bruce LaBruce, and NYC transgressor Nick Zedd. Performers like Mary Woronov, Eddie Deezen, Clint Howard, Jon Gries, P.J. Soles and Dick Rude speak out, plus countless other actors and creators from the frontlines of punk's big-screen explosion.

Destroy All Movies!!! nails down decades of insanity with superhuman research, vicious precision and electrically charged stills and images, and is the first and final definitive armchair roadmap to punk and new wave on celluloid. Five years in the making, this pulse-bursting monument to lowbrow cultural obsession is a must for all film fanatics, music maniacs, anti-fashion mutants, '80s nostalgists, sleazoids, cop-killers and spazzmatics!

Product Details

  • Flexibound: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; 1st edition (December 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606993631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606993637
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 0.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds

Customer Reviews


 on October 11, 2011
By Layla McCann
Great book! My sister gave a copy for christmas and I loved it. A friend of mine was getting married and I knew that she and her husband would love it so I bought one for a wedding present. Zack should rule the earth!


 on June 15, 2011
By stylesfurie
This book is exhaustive in its scope and perfect for those of you who want to see every movie involving punk be they real or fake.

The Maddest Book Ever Written!!!

16 people found this helpful.
 on November 16, 2010
By S. Messerer
I love film and I love film reference books. I own hundreds of books on film but, unfortunately, most film reference books are rushed, slipshod tomes that are intended to capitalize on a current popular craze. More often than not, their content is limited, and it is painfully obvious that the author has never seen many of the films he or she has written about. Their shelf-life lasts only as long as the current trend and then they are rapidly relegated to the remainder rack.

Destroy Your Mind

7 people found this helpful.
 on November 19, 2010
By Terry from Lac du Flambeau
When I heard about this book I knew I had to order it for the fun of it and for the endless possibilities of trashy movies I could impress my rural America friends with. When things are dull in the middle of winter and you’re tired of “Dancing with the Stars” this is the source book for the movie that may not destroy your mind, but will give it a severe bending.

I’ve been waiting for a book like this for YEARS!

2 people found this helpful.
 on January 21, 2011
By Jason S. Gelt
Exhaustive, detailed, well-designed, profusely illustrated — a must for any obsessive compulsive lover of the intersection of punk rock and popular culture.

Destroy is the BOMB of all punk movies!

One person found this helpful.
 on January 12, 2011
By Lyn
There is not much you will want to know about punks in movies that you won’t find here. If there is…you need a life, seriously. This brings new mening to the word compendium and it will launch you into watching B movies with a renewed sense of purpose. What a relief for procrastionators everywhere. Go to your nearest classic video store and rent, rent, rent. (Vulcan Video in Austin, TX is the best!) If you’re confined to bed to recover from anything dire, this willl definately keep you from going crazy.

The Essential Guide to Celluloid Safety-Pinned Neon Puke-oids

 on April 19, 2015
By Margaret Kenny
Truly essential. Punk Rock. Film. The 1980s. If you are interested in any or all of the above, you will be hopelessly smitten with this marvellous book. The writing is witty and intelligent. Plenty of giggles, but equally enough genuine insight to satisfy the cineaste. The book is compulsively readable, as a good film guide should be, and will have you scurrying off to locate desperately rare VHS titles. It is fascinating to view the unfolding of the punk phenomenon through film – in both earnest documentaries and via the distorted lens of Hollywood (Punks quickly became lazy graphic shorthand for slavering hooligans – because of the anti-establishment bent of the movement and also simply because they looked so exciting and outrageous). Additionally, the book is designed to perfection, simply one of the best I have seen and is a thing of beauty all by itself. In this age of IMDB, this book demonstrates that there is most certainly life in the published reference work. It is sure to become a valuable collectors item in the near future. I hope the authors and Fantagraphics will release an updated edition at some point, because you DO need it and will not want to trade up. If the authors choose to write on another subject, I’m sure that will be great too. (They must be heartily sick of Punk after taking years to write this book). At the end of ‘The Time Machine’, the anonymous traveller goes back to the future equipped with three books, the titles of which are left up to the audience to speculate upon. I am certain that this comprehensive volume would be one of those books (I know he was in Victorian times, but he’s a Time Traveller, right?). have I made my point yet? I like it.

Punks and the Punks Who Love Them

5 people found this helpful.
 on February 6, 2011
By Rodney Meek
There will be many who pick this book up and go “Ho-hum, another encyclopedic listing of the appearances of punks in movies from 1974 through 1999–like the world needed another of these.” Yes, but this one is written by Zack Carlson and his cronies. Too often, Western culture enters periods of stasis and stagnation, and progress can only resume when someone comes along and kicks it in the pants. Mr. Carlson is just such a pants-kicker.

Quite an extensive overview of punk culture on film.

One person found this helpful.
 on July 15, 2011
By Daniel Lobo
Entertaining volume with a long range of movies reflecting not only milestones in the punk culture, but also plenty of snippets where punks are represented or rather misrepresented. Peppered with interviews with some directors and actors regarding their work in these movies, it makes for a fine read.

Poseurs beware!

3 people found this helpful.
 on December 2, 2010
By oldcore
The sheer volume of documentaries, books, and college classes covering the role of various ill-represented groups in the cinema (be they people of color, women, homosexual or other)is vast and insurmountable. Yet surprisingly all the left wing intellectual dishrags spouting half-heart vitriol about some poor oppressed “minority” while basking in the opulence that comes with being born into the bourgeoisie have missed the continuing besmirchment of arguably the world’s greatest rebellious art form, punk. Destroy All Movies rectifies the situation with a vengeance. The book not only contains reviews of every movie that has featured a punk, that it is humanly possible to find anyway, it also contains interviews with some major punk heavy hitters and the film makers behind some of history’s most famous/infamous punk films. The fact that this book exists is a triumph, the fact that it is executed so well is a miracle.

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