Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)

Three years in the making, Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster from acclaimed filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky (Brother’s Keeper, Paradise Lost) provides a fascinating, in-depth portrait of the most successful heavy metal band of all time. In the tradition of such seminal music documentaries as Don’t Look Back and Gimme Shelter, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster transcends the conventions of the “rock ‘n’ roll movie” genre, trading rock-star posing for truthful introspection. We follow Metallica as they record their Grammy-winning album St. Anger, their first album in in over five years. The filmmakers take us inside both the studio and the psyches of the band as they battle their way through communication breakdowns, addiction, a band member’s defection, fatherhood, domestic chaos, and near-total disintegration during the most turbulent period of their 20-year history. What begins as the documenting of the making of an album becomes an unexpected voyage into the complexities of human relationships, and the power of the creative process to exact emotional tolls and, ultimately, to heal the soul.


Best Documentary
Independent Sprit Awards
Best Documentary Feature
Broadcast Film Critics Association
Best Feature Documentary
International Documentary Association Awards


Directed and Produced by
Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky
Director of Photography 
Bob Richman
Supervising Editor
David Zieff
Executive Producers 
Joe Berlinger
Jon Kamen
Frank Scherma
Additional Cinematography
Wolfgang Held
Doug Abel
M Watanabe Milmore 
Consulting Producer
Robert Fernandez
Production Manager 
Cheryll Stone
Associate Editor
Kristine Smith
Associate Producers
Michael Bonfiglio
Rachel Dawson
Sound Recordist 
Michael Emery