Edited by Alamo Drafthouse Cinema programmer Zack Carlson and filmmaker Bryan Connolly (with the help of some trusty cult cinema fiends), DESTROY ALL MOVIES!!! is an absolutely essential film reference book for which the contributors spent six years combing through literally five hundred million movies looking for any sign of a purple Mohawk or studded collar. Featuring reviews of over 1100 movies, interviews with every seminal punk who ever graced the silver screen, and filled to the max with rare colour stills and posters, this book is stunningly good and the eye-popping design by Fantagraphics mainstay Jacob Covey ain’t too shabby either. They even interviewed the guy who played ‘punk on bus’ in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home! Now, that gets my vote for comprehensive.

Classic punk films like The Decline of Western Civilization, Ladies and Gentlemen the Fabulous Stains, Repo Man, Times Square, Class of 1984 and the back-catalogues of such luminary punksploiteers as Amos Poe, Lech Kowalski and Wolfgang Büld are reviewed alongside zany trash comedies like Crocodile Dundee and Far Out Man that you would never think to include in a punk book, except for the fact that they feature cameos by punks – or at least some Hollywood exec’s idea of what a punk is. Zack’s review for the latter even contained my favourite line in the whole book: “Fictional punk band The Farts (not to be confused with actual Seattle combo The Fartz) flip off the camera while stereo salesmen in denim jackets do some low-impact slamming. As the false Farts flub punk mayhem, an audience member  states that they’re the loudest band in the world, but even a goddamn Eskimo knows that Manowar holds that title. So fuck this movie.”

Read more about the book on the official website HERE, which contains an ongoing blog, weekly trailer uploads, info about book launch events and more! And most importantly, go to your local bookstore and pick it up right now! (for Montrealers, the amazing Drawn + Quarterly store at 211 Bernard Ouest is bound to have it!)


About the author:

Kier-La Janisse

Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, Owner/Artistic Director of Spectacular Optical Publications and founder of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, co-founded Montreal microcinema Blue Sunshine, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival (1999-2005) in Vancouver, was the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012) and contributed to Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), Recovering 1940s Horror: Traces of a Lost Decade (Lexington, 2014) The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul (University of Toronto Press, 2015) and We Are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale (PS Press, 2017). She co-edited and published the anthology books KID POWER! (Spectacular Optical, 2014), Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s (Spectacular Optical, 2015) and Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin (2017), and is co-editing Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television for release in late 2017. She is currently writing A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time: Children’s Programming and the Counterculture, 1965-1985, monographs about Monte Hellman’s Cockfighter and Patricia Birch’s Grease 2, and is in development on a TV series based on her book House of Psychotic Women with Rook Films.


  1. When I think punk on film, the first thing that comes up in my mind is Jewel Shepard in “Return of the living dead”.

    8 yearss ago
  2. Tanya Reply

    This book is beyond comprehensive and documents a wide variety of punk rock characters. It’s also well designed with a great layout.

    8 yearss ago

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