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Dream Deceivers: The Story Behind James Vance vs. Judas Priest (1992)

Two young men shoot themselves in a churchyard. Ray Belknap dies; James Vance - severely disfigured - survives. Their parents take heavy-metal icons Judas Priest to court, claiming the band... See full summary »

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Two young men shoot themselves in a churchyard. Ray Belknap dies; James Vance - severely disfigured - survives. Their parents take heavy-metal icons Judas Priest to court, claiming the band "mesmerized" their sons. The unprecedented trial is the framework for this one-of-a-kind, Emmy-nominated documentary.

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James Vance: I come to visit this place every so often and I talk to Ray - like a dead person - I don't expect an answer and I do tell him what's on my heart, still. I would like to call certain people murderers. I feel that they murdered Ray. I just wish it never happened.
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Great documentary
10 November 2004 | by (Texas, USA) – See all my reviews

Dream Deceivers is only an hour long but it packs a lot into that hour.

The film follows the trial and accounts of events when two troubled teens in Reno decided to commit suicide. One succeeded, the other failed and was horribly disfigured. The family of the disfigured boy decide to sue Judas Priest but their case doesn't hold together. It amazes me that the case even went to trial. A sad story of the breakdown of family life. This film raises many questions about life in the modern age. Every youth interviewed seemed to come from a similar type of family with religious working-class parents who have been through a divorce or two.

Highly recommended.


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