Punk's Dead

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Punk's Dead
Punk's Dead Poster.jpg
Directed by James Merendino
Produced by Andrea Kreuzhage
Written by James Merendino
Cinematography Thomas L. Callaway
Edited by James Merendino
Liberty Spikes Productions
Distributed by Cinedigm
Release date
  • February 11, 2016 (2016-02-11)
Running time
75 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Punk's Dead (also known as Punk's Dead: SLC Punk 2) is an American comedy-drama film written and directed by James Merendino. It is a sequel to the 1998 film SLC Punk! and was released on iTunes February 11, 2016.


Ross, Penny and Crash, young outsiders from different tribes, embark on a road trip to a punk show. Ross, 19, is the love child of Trish and Heroin Bob, who died before Ross was born. During their odyssey, and with the help of a healthy dose of drugs, alcohol and punk music, Ross shreds his darkly Gothic outlook. His mother Trish, who raised Ross alone in her steam punk shop, discovers that he is in a crisis and recruits two vaguely familiar characters to help find him. When all collide outside the concert, they are forced to deal with their unresolved relationships with Bob.[1]




In April 2013, director James Merendino announced that a sequel to SLC Punk! titled Punk's Dead would begin filming later in the year and would be released in 2014 with most of the original cast reprising their roles. One scene of the film was successfully funded by an Indiegogo campaign for publicity launched on October 27, 2013, and completed on January 15, 2014.[1] Merendino said of the sequel, "I made SLC Punk! when I was a kid, and accordingly, the story is naive, and, as just a coming of age story, not finished. The characters are facing big questions, 18 years later, as outsiders, punk rockers… What relevance do they have in a world where all statements have already been made? In the years since I made SLC Punk!, it has found a rather large and supportive following who have been very kind to me. So in making a sequel, I feel I owe it to those people to really do it right."[6] Also in April, Jenny Jaffe confirmed she was cast in the film as Shelly.[3]


In May 2014, the film was announced to be shooting in June, with its cast officially announced to include Devon Sawa, Michael A. Goorjian, Adam Pascal and James Duval returning as Sean, Heroin Bob, Eddie and John the Mod, respectively, with Ben Schnetzer appearing as Heroin Bob's son, Ross, Machine Gun Kelly as Crash, and Hannah Marks and Sarah Clarke will portray the female leads.[2] Also in May, Matthew Lillard, who starred in the original film announced that he would not be reprising his role from the first film through social media.[7][8]


Filming commenced in June 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah and concluded on June 21, 2014.[8][9][10] A trailer for the film was released in July 2014.[11] In May 2015, the film distribution rights were sold at the Cannes Film Market.[12][13]


The film was released in one theater on February 11, 2016 in Salt Lake City. The film is available for digital download on February 16, 2016 and was released on home media on March 8, 2016.[14] The film had commenced streaming on Netflix on August 5, 2016.


  1. ^ a b Trish, Gabby. "SLC PUNK 2 : PUNK'S DEAD". IndieGoGo.com. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Sneider, Jeff (6 May 2014). "'SLC Punk!' Sequel Shooting This Summer With Heroin Bob Set to Return". TheWrap. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Jaffe, Jenny (11 April 2014). "I'm excited to announce that I've been cast as Shelly in the upcoming feature Punk's Dead: SLC Punk! 2 !!! I can't wait to work with the fantastic cast and crew- see you in SLC". JennyJaffe.com. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Pace, Emma. "Damn, that's a ferocious pack". Facebook. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d Punk 2 Punk's Dead, SLC (August 23, 2015). "A sneak peek at our rad end credits". Facebook. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  6. ^ Giroux, Jesse. "Exclusive interview with director James Merendino! New details on SLC Punk 2". Joblo. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  7. ^ Lillard, Matthew. "I'm officially not involved with SLC PUNK sequel. I know, I think it's weird too. But... There you go. Good luck to all involved". Twitter. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Mendyuk, Bridjet (7 May 2014). "SLC Punk! 2: Punk's Dead to be released by the end of 2014, details". AlternativePress. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Wolf, Collin. "Exclusive: SLC Punk 2 Will Film In Utah". City Weekly. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  10. ^ Baker, Richard (21 June 2014). "they just yelled "picture wrap!!" -- that means we officially have finished filming Punk's Dead. i don't want it to be over...SLC was crazy". Twitter. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  11. ^ Sneider, Jeff (24 July 2014). "'SLC Punk 2' Trailer Features Heroin Bob's Return From the Grave". TheWrap. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  12. ^ Lee, Ashley (5 May 2015). "Watch Heroin Bob's Son Seize the Stage in New 'Punk's Dead' Clip (Exclusive Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  13. ^ Howard, Annie. "Watch a Preview of James Merendino's 'SLC Punk' Sequel, 'Punk's Dead' (Exclusive Video)". The Hollywood Reporterdate=5 May 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  14. ^ Gettell, Oliver (December 15, 2015). "Punk's Dead: SLC Punk 2 gets February release, plus an exclusive clip". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 

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