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CKY - A History Lesson

Updated: Jan 31, 2020

CKY the movies to be precise. This will be a re-telling of the story of what may very well be the best home movies ever shot and publicized. A feat that will most likely never be repeated in this day and age of YouTube and social media.

CKY (also known as Camp Kill Yourself) was a string of movies produced by Bam Margera. Bam also did a majority of the filming with help from Joe Frantz. The CKY crew consists of a group of misfits from West Chester, Pennsylvania including Bam's brother Jess, Brandon DiCamillo, Ryan Dunn, Chris Raab (aka Raab Himself) and Rake Yohn.

The idea for CKY started when Bam and his friends were in the same graphics arts class at school. During class they would go out and film skits together. The videos feature Bam and the gang performing various stunts, plenty of skating, pranks, and you guessed it - skits.

The first CKY movie, also known as Landspeed Presents: CKY was released March 1, 1999. The name Landspeed comes from Landspeed Wheels, a skateboard and clothing brand. Landspeed originally produced the video allowing Bam to distribute it in the public domain. Due to legal issues and withheld finances, Bam later fought to have the rights to the original CKY movie and re-released it as just CKY.

The movie was released without any advertising. It was sold to skate shops and spread by word of mouth, growing some what of a cult like following. It wasn't all about skating, and it wasn't all about stunts and pranks. It was a blend of the best of both and drew in a wide audience of fans and viewers.

The second film in the series, CKY2K was released on May 22, 2000. Bam had help directing the second installment from Ryan Gee, photographer and videographer. Due to a scene in which a minor exposes himself in front of a public restaurant, and the resulting lawsuit by said minor's parents - CKY2K was eventually discontinued (a copyright issue from Bjork is another reason for the movie being discontinued).

CKY 3 was released in 2001. Soon after its release Bam and Brandon DiCamillo were sued over a fight scene involving Mike Vallely. CKY 3 was the first of the CKY movies to be taken off the market due to copyright restrictions. Some of the musicians and their labels were unhappy with Bam using their music without their permission. CKY2K was to follow soon after with being discontinued.

On November 10, 2002 CKY 4: The Latest & Greatest was released. The movie is noticeably better in terms of quality and editing due in part to Bam's investment in legitimate motion picture cameras and advanced post production facilities.

In a 2002 interview with Bam he was quoted as saying that the CKY series have sold more than 400,000 copies worldwide since their initial release. Not bad for a group of misfits having fun and filming their antics.

There have been rumors over the past few years that Joe Frantz is working on remastering and releasing the CKY movies in High Definition on Blu-ray DVD. Fingers crossed!