The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Main Details

  • Released in 1988
  • Color
  • Running Time: 93 Min
  • Distributed by New Line Cinema
  • Directed by Penelope Spheeris
  • Produced by Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, Guy J. Louthan
  • Starring Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Poison, Aerosmith, Kiss, Motörhead, Megadeth, Faster Pussycat, Lizzy Bordon, London, Odin, Seduce
  • Cinematography by Jeff Zimmerman
  • Edited by Earl Ghaffari


In this follow-up to the 1981 punk rock documentary "The Decline of Western Civilization," filmmaker Penelope Spheeris dissects the world of heavy metal. Through live performance footage and interviews that feature popular hard rock musicians, Spheeris examines the metal genre and the opulent Los Angeles music scene of the late 1980s; highlights include Ozzy Osbourne discussing the tedium of sobriety over breakfast and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler claiming to have spent a small fortune on drugs.

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