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HEAVY METAL MOVIES, by Mike “McBeardo” McPadden

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Guitar Barbarians, Mutant Bimbos & Cult Zombies Amok in the 666 Most Ear- and Eye-Ripping Big-Scream Films Ever!

The ultimate guidebook to the complete molten musical cinema experience. Lavishly illustrated and featuring more than 666 of the most metallic movie moments of all time. 

Positively the most horrifying book ever written!!

ISBN 978-19359500-6-6
High-quality trade paperback
576 eye-blasting pages including color section
Original cover painting by Andrei Bouzikov
Dimensions: 6.75″ x 9.5″ x 1.5″ (170mm x 240mm x 40mm); 4 lbs. (1.5 kg)

“Your Netflix queue just got way more devil-horned with this handy compendium of 666 horror movies, grind-house sci-fi flicks, tawdry thrillers, and extra-loud docs. Now you’ll know which Dario Argento bleeder or Rob Zombie creeper will provide the most headbanging fun.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Outta sight! My eyes are still ringing.”—Jeff Krulik, director, Heavy Metal Parking Lot

“Heavy metal and movies go together perfectly—it’s about damn time somebody dedicated a book to the two! Thank you, Mike McPadden, for answering our headbanging, metal horns-raising, VHS-watching, prayers!”—Richard Christy (Death, Howard Stern, Decibel)

Keep reminding yourself: IT’S ONLY A BOOK…

Heavy metal and high-thrill cinema have been joined together like mutant twins since before Black Sabbath took the name of a chilling Italian horror film in 1970. The unadulterated journey of Heavy Metal Movies spans concert movies and trippy midnight flicks, inspirational depictions of ancient times and future apocalypses, and raw hand-held digital video obsessions. As brash, irreverent, and visceral as both the music and the movies themselves, Heavy Metal Movies is the ultimate guidebook to the complete molten musical cinema experience.

Exploding with far over 666 of the most intense movies of all-time, featuring:

Headbanger classics: This Is Spinal Tap, Heavy Metal Parking Lot, Trick or Treat, Black Roses, Black Sabbath, The Decline and Fall of Western Civilization 2: The Metal Years, Rock ‘N Roll Nightmare, The Dungeonmaster, River’s Edge, Gummo, Lord of the Rings, Over the Edge, RoboCop, Saw, Savage Streets, The Toxic Avenger, Hard Rock Zombies, The Phantom of Paradise, Airheads, Evilspeak, Evil Dead, The Devil’s Rejects, Monster Dog, The Wicker Man

Disturbing documentaries: Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, Some Kind of Monster, Paradise Lost, Faces of Death

Bulging barbarians: Conan the Destroyer, Clash of the Titans, The Sword and The Sorcerer

Satanic shockers: The Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby, The Devils, House of 1000 Corpses

Splattery slashers: Maniac, Halloween, My Bloody Valentine, Sleepaway Camp

Post-nuke dystopias: Mad Max, Blade Runner, The Road Warrior, Megaforce, Zardoz, Land of Doom, Death Race 2000, Planet of the Apes

Carnivorous chunk-blowers: Cannibal Holocaust, Cannibal Ferox, Bloodsucking Freaks

Undead gut-munchers: Zombie, Dawn of the Dead, Burial Ground, Dead/Alive

Midnight mind-benders: Eraserhead, The Holy Mountain, Caligula, The Warriors, Repo: The Genetic Opera

Concert films and killer cameos by Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Napalm Death, Godflesh, White Zombie, Alice Cooper, Helmet, Cannibal Corpse, Kiss, Powermad, and countless fake hair metal bands who end up getting killed onscreen…

Plus witches, werewolves, bikers, aliens, lesbian vampires, and vengeful vikings galore, over 1300 sin-ematic sensations in all.

Brooklyn-born powerhouse Mike “McBeardo” McPadden has written prolifically about high art and low culture for the likes of Esquire, Black Book, and New York Press. He worked for more than a decade as head writer for the online phenomenon Mr. Skin, and has also done time as a B-movie screenwriter. McPadden lives in Chicago with his wife, editor Rachel McPadden.

“Your Netflix queue just got way more devil-horned with this handy compendium of 666 horror movies, grind-house sci-fi flicks, tawdry thrillers, and extra-loud docs. Now you’ll know which Dario Argento bleeder or Rob Zombie creeper will provide the most headbanging fun.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Ties together the many shared bonds between extreme music and extreme cinema with as much authority as a Slayer riff and more eye-popping graphics than a stack of Iron Maiden LPs.”—VH1

“McPadden’s exhaustive and highly entertaining book revels in the blood, boobs, and beasts of the most lurid flicks in the history of forever.”—VICE/Noisey

“Heavy metal is a genre about attitude, riffs and style. This book has all that and more.”—The Seattle Times

“Crosses the line from ‘informative,’ tramples well past ‘definitive,’ and hammers happily into the realm that we shall dub ‘leviathan…’ an homage to the golden era of film books, when it was basically impossible to see these features, and so lovingly curated tomes like this were maps to a foreign land.”—The Austin Chronicle

“Even the most extreme movie enthusiast will find something in this book to learn from, and more importantly, a cultural definition of the ‘heavy metal movie’ has been permanently hatched from the bowels of hell… this is the last word on its subject, and will remain so.”—Fangoria (3.5/4 review)

“With Heavy Metal Movies, [Bazillion Points] have hit the bullseye once more.”—Classic Rock

“Pure poetry.”—Decibel

“Fantastic fun”—Terrorizer

“Relentlessly entertaining.”—Music Connection

“”Just kick back and enjoy.”—Goldmine Magazine

“Heavy Metal Movies will forever be the final word in its field.”—Metal Injection

“Crucially, the reader doesn’t even have to be into metal to get a kick out of McPadden’s love of heart-in-mouth, tongue-in-cheek and guts-on-the-wall gems… this is exactly what you should be doing with your time.”—RTÉ (5/5 review)

“Despite the alpha-numeric organization of McPadden’s book, a story emerges. There’s a hunger in his writing, and reading each entry is like following a trail of breadcrumbs, all of it leading toward something weirder, wilder, and more fun than what came before. If metal is music’s loudest voice against oppression, then surely McPadden is the loudest for obsession.”—Popmatters (9/10 review)

“Both groundbreaking and energetically written, it is one of the most important publications on the reciprocity between popular culture and cinema written in recent years, and inarguably solidifies as McPadden as the authority on the subject.”—Film International

“Outta sight! My eyes are still ringing. The coolest. What a rockin’ guide for seeking out new movies, and to rediscover old favorites. This book is a culture vulture’s dream. Essential reading for every fan of movies, heavy metal, and pop culture. After poring over every page from A to Z, I’m sorry there aren’t more letters in the alphabet.”—Jeff Krulik, director, Heavy Metal Parking Lot

“McPadden has struck gold with Heavy Metal Movies! Putting film reviews through a hard rock filter, he brings to the fore how genre film and metal are so tightly bound and interwoven—and in ways that might not even be immediately obvious. A must-read!”—Robin Bougie, Cinema Sewer/Graphic Thrills

“Heavy metal and movies go together perfectly—it’s about damn time somebody dedicated a book to the two! Thank you, Mike McPadden, for answering our headbanging, metal horns-raising, VHS-watching, prayers!”—Richard Christy, Death/Howard Stern/Decibel

“A mammoth work of vein-bulging devotion to power, rage, darkness, sweat, and M E T A L on screen!”
—Zack Carlson, author, Destroy All Movies: The Complete Guide to Punks on Film

“Times Square to Big Hair, from one who was there. McBeardo knows his movies and his metal. Adroit, exhaustive and very entertaining.”—Jimmy McDonough, author, The Ghastly One, Tammy Wynette: Tragic Country Queen and Shakey: Neil Young’s Biography

“An essential reference guide to metal movies, written with equal doses of smart assed-ness and pop-cultural acuity. McPadden plumbs deeper than fashion and stereotypes to excavate the power of heavy metal in both its purest and most metaphoric forms.”-Kier-La Janisse, author, House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films

“This entertaining book makes me want to see ALL of these movies — and I’m not even a Metal fan!”—Peter Bagge, cartoonist, Hate/Apocalypse Nerd

Heavy Metal Movies is the head banging-est, ear bleeding-est tribute to the world’s two finest inventions: heavy metal and the movies!”—John Fasano, director, Zombie Nightmare/Black Roses/Rock ‘N Roll Nightmare

“An encyclopedic compendium of all things filmic and rocking that will be equally useful for settling bar bets and starting bar fights.”—Allan MacDonell, author, Prisoner of X: Twenty Years in the Hole at Hustler Magazine

Heavy Metal Movies is very funny, legitimately weird, occasionally disturbing and oftentimes breathtaking, a lot like heavy metal itself. When a film guide sends you scrambling to watch a movie every five to ten pages, it is a very, very good film guide. Heavy Metal Movies did that for me on almost every other page. This is the Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film for all movies heavy metal and metal in spirit. It should have a permanent place on your bookshelf.”—Dan Budnik, co-author, Bleeding Skull!: A 1980s Trash Horror Odyssey

“Mike McPadden is like Pauline Kael with a dick, Roger Ebert with a jaw, and James Agee with a mohawk—all rolled in one.”—Josh Alan Friedman, author, Tales of Times Square; I, Goldstein; and Black Cracker

“The only way this book could be any more hard hitting, is if I took it and slapped you in the face with it. This divine sacrifice is carved up for your enjoyment as tribute to the rock ‘n roll filmmakers that inspired it.”—BJ Colangelo, Day of the Woman/Icons of Fright

“McPadden’s scope and intellect in HMM is part Rhodes Scholar, part cinema nerd, and full on metalhead. The care and passion put into each entry shows an abiding love of the subject matter. If only there was a word that trumps ‘definitive,’ this book is most certainly that!” -Kristy Jett, HorrorHound Magazine

“Oh Lord and Master SATAN! Tonight we sacrifice this baby in your name to thank you for bringing us Mike McPadden’s Heavy Metal Movies! For it is a mighty beacon of darkness in a weak and pathetic cinematic world filled with repugnant rom-coms and loathsome feel-good-movies and PG-13 phony horror remakes. Hail Satan, and hail Mike McPadden!”-Johnny Ryan, Prison Pit


  1. (verified owner):

    A real motherfucker of an awesome read. Something tells me this will be the biblical tome of the headbanging movie experience. So glad I got this in the mail today. Highly recommended

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