Metal: A Headbanger's Journey Poster

Release Date: January 16th, 2006

DVD Release Date: May 23rd, 2006

R|1 hr 36 min

Plot Summary
Filmmaker and anthropologist Sam Dunn investigates the origins and subculture surrounding heavy metal, tracing the genre's roots from 1970s post-industrial England to its 1980s pop crossover to its modern-day variants in Norwegian black metal. Told from the perspective of a devoted fan, Dunn balances his insider's view with interviews with some of metal's most influential artists -- including Alice Cooper, Bruce Dickinson and Rob Zombie -- as well as enthusiastic acolytes.

Director: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Wise

Genres: Documentary

Keywords: Rise, Fascinating, Creative, Transformation, Los Angeles, 2000s

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  • It'll make you want to dig out your Whitesnake T-shirt. It might even convince Tipper Gore that heavy metal thunder is all in good fun. show more

  • As charming as Dunn's kid-in-a-candy-store exploration is at times, it's apparent that his ''anthropological" take on the scene isn't much more than the love letter he always dreamed of writing to his headbanging pals. show more

  • Sam Dunn's unabashed wet kiss to his favorite genre of music, heavy metal, a.k.a. devil's music. show more

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