In the early 1980’s, a small group of dedicated Bay Area headbangers shunned the hard rock of MTV and Hollywood hairspray bands in favor of a more dangerous brand of metal that became known as thrash!

From the tape trading network to the clubs to the record stores and fanzines, director Adam Dubin reveals how the scene nurtured the music and the music spawned a movement.

Murder In The Front Row is told through powerful first person testimony and stunning animation and photography. The film is a social study of a group of young people defying the odds and building something essential for themselves.

Featuring interviews with some of the biggest acts of the time including Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, Death Angel, Possessed and many more!

Narrated by Brian Posehn (The Big Bang Theory).

28 Bonus segments are included on the DVD for a total of 73 extra minutes. Include are:

  • More Megadeth
  • Selling Thrash Metal
  • Ruthie’s Inn Bonus
  • Cliff Loves Death Angel
  • Ruthie’s Inn Bathroom
  • Death Angel Loves Metallica
  • Selvin Remembers Metallica
  • Battle Jacket
  • Brian and Harald Photography
  • Blood Brother
  • Brian’s 19th Birthday
  • Making An Exodus Demo
  • Gary Holt’s 1st Job
  • Kerry King’s Spikes
  • Music Influences
  • Tribute to Wes Robinson
  • Rock Stars Part 1
  • Rock Stars Part 2
  • Brian and Harald Photo Memories
  • Metal Memorabilia
  • Phil Demmel Year Book
  • Metal Director
  • Gary Holt on Cliff
  • Baloff Logo
  • Exodus Early Years
  • Tom Araya ‘Day in the Dirt’
  • What European People Do
  • First Public Screening – by Lil Mike SF

“MitFR is an unorthodox music documentary. Rather than focus on their globetrotting musical subjects, director Adam Dublin chose to focus on a small pocket of diehard fans who had been around since the birth of thrash metal.” – Downtown Magazine NYC

“This is a fun history of a tight-knit scene that birthed scads of followers.” – Rolling Stone

2019 / 92 minutes / English w/ French, German, Spanish, Greek and Portuguese sub-titles (DVD version). A film by Adam Dubin.


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