The Killing of America is a 1981 documentary about violence in America. It is part of the “Mondo” genre, exploitative documentaries that usually focused on something sensational, like violence or sex.
This doc focuses on the violence in America starting with the assassination of president Kennedy. It contains footage of numerous murders, riots and other acts of violence which can be hard viewing for some, even in today’s world where footage like this has become commonplace due to the internet. It also features interviews with the likes of Edmund Kemper and Sirhan Sirhan.
It paints a grim picture of the U.S., but you can take comfort knowing that since this documentary came out violence in the U.S. has dropped drastically, even if the constant barrage of horrible news stories seems like the opposite.
This documentary is definitely not for everyone, but if you can handle the violence shown, you should watch it. There is a copy on Youtube and Severin Films has recently put out a restored version. This will be the first time the film is commercially available in the U.S.
View the trailer here:
And view the full documentary here: