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On December 23, 1985, two young men in Reno, Nevada put shotguns to their own heads after drinking and smoking marijuana as they listened to a record by the English rock group Judas Priest. Raymond Belknap shot himself fatally, while the other, James Vance, was grossly disfigured.
Their parents, claiming that subliminal messages in the heavy metal band’s songs mesmerized the boys into their bizarre suicide pact, filed suit against CBS Records. Centered around this non jurored trial, DREAM DECEIVERS looks at this tragedy through interviews with Vance – who later died in 1988 from a medication overdose -, his and Belknap’s parents, other Reno “metalheads”, and members of Judas Priest.