Some Kind of Monster (film)

Some Kind of Monster
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Directed byJoe Berlinger
Bruce Sinofsky
Produced byJoe Berlinger
Bruce Sinofsky
Music byMetallica
CinematographyRobert Richman
Distributed byIFC Films
Release date
  • January 24, 2004 (2004-01-24) (Sundance Film Festival)
  • January 25, 2005 (2005-01-25) (Re-release)[1]
  • November 28, 2014 (2014-11-28)
Running time
141 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2,009,087[2]

Some Kind of Monster is a 2004 American documentary film featuring the American thrash metal band Metallica. It shares its name with the song "Some Kind of Monster" from Metallica's 2003 album St. Anger. The film shows many studio rehearsals and fragments of concert footage. It won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature. The DVD release was handled by Paramount Home Entertainment. Metallica re-released the film, including a bonus documentary, in 2014 to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Origins and production

Directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky filmed a 1994 documentary called Paradise Lost on the West Memphis Three, about three teenagers convicted of murder. Metallica allowed their music to be used in the movie, which was the first time Metallica let any film use their music and the band drew attention to the cases.[3] Following success, the directors eventually were interested in a no-holds-barred look at Metallica, which the band later agreed to and became Some Kind of Monster.[4]