Destroy All Movies!!!: The Complete Guide to Punks on Film acts as a guide to depictions of punk rockers in movies from the late ‘70s to the late ‘90s. It is an excellent piece of research compiled over seven years. Through interviews with leading actors and filmmakers and thoughtful scene descriptions, the book establishes a body of work including over a thousand films where punk rockers are either depicted or misinterpreted.
The more prominent films are given the full treatment, including interviews and summaries establishing a hierarchy of punk rock movies. Pages are dedicated to some of the more renowned classics like Penelope Spheeris’s seminal documentary The Decline of Western Civilization, Alan Arkush’s Ramones vehicle Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, and Dan O’Bannon’s punk zombie classic The Return of the Living Dead. Carlson and Connolly have compiled an astounding array of interviews with the major and peripheral players in these films.
More than just a guide to the best and the worst, the book distinguishes the performers and characterizations that inserted a bit of anarchy into cinema and embodies how fans perceived those films.