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The Film That Will Take You Into the Heart of the Beast.
Sam Dunn is a 30-year old anthropologist who wrote his graduate thesis on the plight of Guatemalan refugees... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order)
Tom Araya ... Himself
Gavin Baddeley ... Himself
Blasphemer ... Himself

Randy Blythe ... Himself
Joe Bottiglieri ... Himself
Eric Bryan ... Himself
Jackie Chambers ... Herself
Monte Conner ... Himself

Alice Cooper ... Himself
Denis 'Piggy' D'Amour ... Himself
Pamela Des Barres ... Herself

Bruce Dickinson ... Himself

Ronnie James Dio ... Himself
Malcolm Dome ... Himself
Rose Dyson ... Herself
Robert Ezrin ... Himself (as Bob Ezrin)
George Fisher ... Himself (as George 'Corpsegrinder' Fisher)
Gaahl ... Himself
Donna Gaines ... Herself
Angela Gossow ... Herself
Sam Guitor ... Himself
Ihsahn ... Himself
Tony Iommi ... Himself
Thomas Jensen ... Himself
Rob Jones ... Himself
Joey Jordison ... Himself
Keith Kahn-Harris ... Himself
Robert Kampf ... Himself
John Kay ... Himself

Lemmy ... Himself (as Lemmy Kilmister)
Kerry King ... Himself
Grutle Kjellson ... Himself
Chuck Klosterman ... Himself
Mercedes Lander ... Herself
Morgan Lander ... Herself
Michel Langevin ... Himself
Geddy Lee ... Himself
Kim McAuliffe

Tom Morello ... Himself
Mark Morton ... Himself
Necrobutcher ... Himself

Vince Neil ... Himself
Ivar Peersen ... Himself

Doro Pesch ... Herself
Martin Popoff ... Himself
Rolf Rasmussen ... Himself
Samoth ... Himself
Joey Severance ... Himself
James 'Munky' Shaffer ... Himself
Brian Slagel ... Himself

Dee Snider ... Himself
Corey Taylor ... Himself
Eddie Trunk ... Himself
Jørn Tunsberg ... Himself
Robert Walser ... Himself
Alex Webster ... Himself
Deena Weinstein ... Herself

Rob Zombie ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Al Gore ... Himself (archive footage)

Tipper Gore ... Herself (archive footage)
Ernest F. Hollings ... Himself (archive footage)
Barry Pinto ... Himself
Chris Adler ... Himself (uncredited)
Einar Darri ... Himself (uncredited)

Sam Dunn ... Himself (uncredited)
Kristian Espedal ... Himself (uncredited)
Hellhammer ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ingo ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Dunn 
Scot McFadyen 
Jessica Joy Wise 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sam Dunn 
Scot McFadyen 
Jessica Joy Wise 

Produced by
Erin Berry .... line producer
Sam Dunn .... producer
Sam Feldman .... executive producer
John Hamilton .... executive producer
Scot McFadyen .... producer
David Reckziegel .... executive producer
Noah Segal .... executive producer
Robert Wilson .... line producer
Cinematography by
Brendan Steacy 
Film Editing by
Mike Munn 
Production Design by
Kenneth Mak 
Production Management
Erin Sharp .... production manager
Douglas Wilkinson .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Fred Brennan .... dialogue and adr editor
Fred Brennan .... sound
Fred Brennan .... supervising sound editor
Louis DiFlorio .... adr recordist
Nelson Ferreira .... dialogue editor
David K. Grant .... production sound recordist mixer
Kirk Lynds .... sound re-recording mixer
Sean Munavish .... sound recordist
Nathan Robitaille .... sound effects editor
Lou Solakofski .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
John Choi .... additional cinematographer
David K. Grant .... cinematographer: opening scene
Martin Hawkes .... additional photographer
Frank Shortt .... first assistant camera
Editorial Department
Louis Casado .... film timer
Jim Fleming .... digital film colorist
Rob Gyorgy .... DI editor
Andrew Kowalchuk .... on-line editor
Marcia Leeder .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Yuri Gorbachow .... music editor
Andrew Wright .... music editor
Other crew
Lisa Clapperton .... production coordinator
Samir Rehem .... additional director
Erin Sharp .... archival researcher
Frank Shortt .... additional footage
David Steinberg .... legal
Chris Stiles .... production assistant (uncredited)
Bob Tarantino .... production legal
Rik Walters .... researcher (uncredited)
Jordan Clark .... special thanks
Amy Fritz .... special thanks
Denis McGrath .... special thanks
Lan Tran .... special thanks

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Rated R for language, violent images, some nudity and sexual content
USA:96 min | Canada:96 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | Canada:96 min | Australia:98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:18A | Canada:18A (Ontario) (original rating: 2005) | Canada:14A (Ontario) (re-rating) (2006) | Finland:K-11 | Germany:12 | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:M18 | USA:R
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Did You Know?

Varg Vikernes was released from prison the week of May 13 2009 after serving nearly 16 years.See more »
Factual errors: Dunn also mentions the "Filthy 15", a list of artists with lyrics considered obscene in one of a number of ways. Sam mentions that, of the 15, 8 are metal bands- he has miscounted. Upon reviewing the list, Danish black metal band Mercyful Fate make the list but bump the count to 9 bands. They are also not highlighted like the other metal bands sharing spots on the list.See more »
Ronnie James Dio:In my mind, we live in Heaven and we live in Hell. God and the Devil are inherent in each of us, and it's our choice to make. You can take the road to good, or you can take the road to bad.See more »
Movie Connections:
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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
And what a journey!, 9 November 2006
Author: Paul Martin from Melbourne, Australia

I don't like heavy metal music; in fact I hate most heavy metal music. I loved Metal: A Headbanger's Journey. It had all the best components of a good documentary, one of the best released in a long time and a good companion piece on a par with Metallica – Some Kind of Monster.

Co-director Sam Dunn is both a metal aficionado and a student of anthropology. He knew how and where to delve into the culture with a healthy reverence for his subject matter, but with the objectivity to examine in a way that outsiders could glean appreciation. I found it fascinating.

In a systematic, well-structured manner, heavy metal's origins and history were examined, as was the disparity between its followers and detractors. Fans, band members and industry experts were interviewed. The questions and answers were intelligent. Historic file footage was used. The culture and its many sub-genres was analysed. The relationships between heavy metal and gender, sex, religion, Satanism and violence were all covered in a most interesting and enlightening manner.

It was shot on location, including at various concerts, across North America, UK and Europe. I found Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath and Ronnie James Dio of Dio (accredited as the inventor of the devil horn sign) the most compelling interviewees, though there were many others too numerous to mention. The sum of the whole turned out a rich result.

Unlike many documentaries of late, where the primary goal appears to be light entertainment using celebrity heads, this film is truly insightful, intelligent, balanced, educational, funny and entertaining! Whatever your taste in music, I highly recommend it.

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