The Killing of America

Made over 30 years ago, The Killing of America is a documentary examining violence in the United States.  It contains a fair amount of graphic footage and could be considering shocking to a number of people.

We start with a montage of urban life set to a score co-composed by the guy behind Shogun Assassin’s groovy tunes, so it is very ‘synth 80’s’.  This soon changes and the first real detailed part of the doc, concerns the assassination of JFK in Dallas.  The film shows us the actual assassination as well as Lee Harvey Oswald’s murder by Jack Ruby.  This is the first of many on screen deaths who will experience.

The film contains many profiles on famous serial killers such as Ted Bundy and it goes into more detail on what Bundy and his killing peers got up to than any other doc I’ve seen.  I’m a real fan of true crime stuff and an avid watcher of channels such as CI but The KIlling of America goes into a lot more than detail than Fred Dineage ever did.  A large part of the doc is given over to gun   crime in particular snipers.  I hadn’t heard of a majority of these and I was truly alarmed the amount of nutters there are roaming America with easy access to firearms.

One particular crime which is played out completely is where a disgruntled chap who was turned down for a loan marches the mortgage broker through the streets and holds him hostage all in front of the TV cameras.  If it wasn’t true, you’d think it was straight out of a movie.

All these years later, nothing has really changed.  Narrator Chuck Riley (Mr. Movie Trailer Voice) tells you facts and figures regarding all kinds of violence related deaths and the sad thing if anything the world has gotten worse.  I’m not getting political or preachy, but we saw it getting bad then and now particularly with all the wars and unpleasantness going on we still haven’t learned from our past mistakes.

A really moving documentary (and disturbing and creepy especially with some of the serial killer stuff) and it’s nice to see it’s getting a wide release from Severin with lots of special features and the extra long Japanese version included.

  • Narrated by Chuck Riley
  • Director Sheldon Renan
  • Distributor Severin Films