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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, xoJane.com editor Rachel McPadden.
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"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"
"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"
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"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"
"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"
"Fantastic fun"--"Terrorizer"
"Heavy Metal Movies will forever be the final word in its field."--"Metal Injection"
"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"
"All of the big, obvious choices are covered here but where the book really wins is in its reviews of relative obscurities. McPadden includes a wealth of under-seen exploitation and concert flicks, stretching from forgotten, foreign sci-fi films of the VHS era to recent low-budget indies that flew under the radar. McPadden writes about these films not only with a sense of humor but with authority, almost ensuring that you'll come away from reading his entries on cannibal features and lesbian vampire flicks having learned something."--"Under the Radar"
"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
"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, an encyclopedic, irreverent and hugely entertaining compendium of guitar barbarians, mutant bimbos and cult zombies amok in the 666 most ear and eye-ripping big-scream films ever!, [Bazillion Points] have hit the bullseye once more. "Classic Rock"
Entertaining A book for metal heads and film buffs alike. Joel McIver, "Record Collector Magazine" (4/5 review)
"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.""RTE" (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"
"All of the big, obvious choices are covered here but where the book really wins is in its reviews of relative obscurities. McPadden includes a wealth of under-seen exploitation and concert flicks, stretching from forgotten, foreign sci-fi films of the VHS era to recent low-budget indies that flew under the radar. McPadden writes about these films not only with a sense of humor but with authority, almost ensuring that you ll come away from reading his entries on cannibal features and lesbian vampire flicks having learned something.""Under the Radar"
"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 interwovenand in ways that might not even be immediately obvious. A must-read!"Robin Bougie, "Cinema Sewer"/"Graphic Thrills"
Heavy metal and movies go together perfectlyit 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 mohawkall 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"
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