Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview, buy, or rent movies, get iTunes now.

Already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

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

  Unrated Closed Captioning

David Van Taylor

Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download this movie.

About the Movie

Just before Christmas 1985, 19-year-old James Vance watched his best friend Ray Belknap shoot himself to death with a .12 gauge shotgun in a churchyard outside Reno, Nevada. Then Vance pulled the trigger on himself. He survived but was severely disfigured. Vance later claimed his actions had been influenced by the heavy metal music of Judas Priest, prompting his family to sue the band. The drama of the ensuing trial provides the framework for David Van Taylor's disturbing look at teenagers today.


Customer Reviews

"Behind the Music" For Reals

The demonization of music (in particular heavy metal music) finds some kind of strange apotheosis when two depressed teenagers shoot themselves and the survivor blames Judas Priest. Backwards messages, societal fingerpointing, troubled lives, and rock stars suddenly feeling vulnerable, make for a fascinating and compelling tale of woe. Later a famous Mr. Show sketch too.

Fascinating documentary, very well done

That a family would blame Judas Priest’s music for a suicide and attempted suicide is such a bizarre occurrence and Van Taylor has made a fascinating film about this actual case. It is a very well balanced documentary with all sides being presented fairly and without sensationalism and one is left to draw one’s own conclusions. The film really captures a time and place and lifestyle with many characters very well drawn.

I'm biased, but

I directed this film--my first in a career that now spans over 25 years. Lots of people still think it's my best.

It's a thrill to finally have the remastered version available in home video.

Dream Deceivers: The Story Behind James Vance vs. Judas Priest
View in iTunes

Customer Ratings

More by this Director