7.5/10
15,787
99 user 102 critic

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 30 July 2004 (USA)
Trailer
2:28 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

A documentary crew followed Metallica for the better part of 2001-2003, a time of tension and release for the rock band, as they recorded their album St. Anger, fought bitterly, and sought the counsel of their on-call shrink.
5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

10 years later, Metallica explains how important was in their career the documental "Some kind of monster".

Director: Joe Berlinger
Stars: Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Robert Trujillo
Metallica: S&M (TV Special 2000)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

A live Metallica concert backed by a 80 piece symphony orchestra, conducted by Michael Kamen. Two songs are debuted, "- Human" and "No Leaf Clover". A documentary is included. It also was released on audio CD.

Director: Wayne Isham
Stars: Metallica, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Trip, a young roadie for Metallica, is sent on an urgent mission during the band's show. But what seems like a simple assignment turns into a surreal adventure.

Director: Nimród Antal
Stars: Dane DeHaan, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The Metallica boys' trip to Texas is long and heavy, jam packed with thrash hits and a never before (at the time) heard song, Fuel.

Directors: Wayne Isham, Adam Dubin
Stars: James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich
Documentary | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

This documentary by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky details the murder trial of Delbert Ward. Delbert's of a family of 4 brothers (the other 3 being Roscoe, Lyman and William - Bill, for ... See full summary »

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Stars: Delbert Ward, Roscoe Ward, Lyman Ward
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The video contains old footage of Metallica concerts as well as a performance of the song in Metallica's San Francisco headquarters which is included in its entirety on the St. Anger DVD.

Director: Bruce Sinofsky
Stars: Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Metallica
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

Metallica performs live during their Black Album tour. This concert was recorded in San Diego 1993, near the end of the tour.

Director: Wayne Isham
Stars: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

Metallica plays a live show in Seattle in 1989

Director: Michael Salomon
Stars: Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Jason Newsted
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

In 2010, for the first time ever, four giants of metal shared one stage for seven European shows. "Big Four," Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, the final night, at the Sonisphere ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Wickham
Stars: Tom Araya, Joey Belladonna, Frank Bello
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Filmmaker Joe Berlinger meets with historians and scholars to discuss the Armenian Genocide and the continuing denial by the Turkish government of it ever happening.

Director: Joe Berlinger
Stars: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Taner Akçam, Hagop Asadourian
Documentary | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams.

Director: Sacha Gervasi
Stars: Robb Reiner, Steve 'Lips' Kudlow, Tiziana Arrigoni
Comedy | Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Cliff 'Em All, Metallica's first video, is a tribute to late original bassist Cliff Burton. James Hetfield describes it as "a compilation of bootleg footage shot by sneaky Metallifux, stuff... See full summary »

Directors: Doug Freel, Jean Pellerin
Stars: Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
James Hetfield ... Himself
Lars Ulrich ... Himself
Kirk Hammett ... Himself
Robert Trujillo ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Avery Eric Avery ... Himself
Cliff Burnstein Cliff Burnstein ... Himself
Cliff Burton ... Himself (archive footage)
Crazy Cabbie Crazy Cabbie ... Himself
Stefan Chirazi Stefan Chirazi ... Himself
Dylan Donkin Dylan Donkin ... Himself
Erica Forstadt Erica Forstadt ... Herself
Gio Gasparetti Gio Gasparetti ... Himself
Mike Gillies Mike Gillies ... Himself
Lani Hammett Lani Hammett ... Herself
Zach Harmon Zach Harmon ... Himself
Edit

Storyline

Some Kind of Monster is a music documentary about Metallica's making of their album St. Anger and the difficulties they had to go through in the process. The directors shot over 1200 hours and followed the band around night and day for over a year to create this documentary. Written by Mathias Nielsen

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

From The Makers Of Brother's Keeper And Paradise Lost See more »

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Metallica See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,359, 11 July 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,222,708, 24 October 2004
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

All the footage for the film was comprised of 1600 hours of footage and was cut down to 2 Hours and 20 minutes. See more »

Quotes

Kirk Hammett: [in the "Tough Riff" scene from the Additional Scenes] Yeah, yeah. I got that. It's the notes in between that are fucking with me.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #18.2 (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Invisible Kid
Performed by Metallica
Written by James Hetfield (as Hetfield), Lars Ulrich (as Ulrich), Kirk Hammett (as Hammett),
Bob Rock (as Rock)
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
Published by Creeping Death Music (ASCAP) and EMI Blackwood Music (Canada) Ltd./Mahina Hoku Publishing (SOCAN),
© 2003
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Great documentary - but it hurts
6 April 2005 | by JeddiaSee all my reviews

This is probably the first documentary about Metallica that didn't make you feel good. All of the older documentaries show a band that was personable and fun-loving, rocking like no one else can. They showed us the Metallica we were proud to call ourselves fans of. But with Some Kind of Monster , we see a band full of weather-beaten rock stars, burned out (an understatement), tired, desperate, and aggravated. It broke my heart to watch this, but it was a damn fine documentary.

Frankly, I'm glad this was released. Because the average semi-informed fan of Metallica (like myself), has only seen the headlines over the past ten years - which served to make the band look like they were becoming complete pricks. I love Metallica. But the wall of negative stuff that was thrown at us in the past decade has tainted our view of the band. This documentary straightens some of it out. While I don't believe that was the goal of the film, it is a fortunate side-effect.

I know the Metallica of the 80's is gone - beer flying, 9-minute epic metal songs, and the long hair - but hopefully, our favorite rockers still have the fire within to bring us a few more great albums. Metallica showed the world that heavy metal (and I mean *heavy*) didn't have to use gimmicks and make-up to be mainstream. All it needed was the right attitude and talented musicians to play it. I've seen them live nearly 20 times. Nobody can do it like Metallica. Nobody.


69 of 79 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 99 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed