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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: People don't know what it's like to have to open your whole life after you've had a horrible experience like this. I lost... I'm an only child and Ray was like a brother. We weren't looking for an easy way out. We obviously thought there was something better.
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I saw this documentary when I was in 10th grade in this class that I had about law and government. I found this documentary very interesting because Judas Priest happens to be my favorite band of all time, and also because of the interviews with the kid who survived and with the band. It is also pretty disturbing because the boy's face was seriously disfigured after the suicide attempt. I do not believe that the band was in any way responsible for the two teens deaths. Although I do listen to my old Priest records when I am depressed, I have never tried to do anything like that. Anyway, I recommend this documentary because it is very interesting and thought provoking


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