Dave's Rating:

4.5

… almost too sweet …

Who's in It: Lemmy from Motörhead, Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper, Dio, Geddy Lee from Rush, Rob Zombie, Mayhem, Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath and that guy from Rage Against the Machine

The Basics: It's all about the music that Tipper Gore opportunistically used to make a name for herself in Washington, D.C.

What's the Deal? Sam Dunn is this Canadian metal-head with a master's degree in anthropology. He's also really, really, really into Iron Maiden and Slayer. So he picked up his camera and decided to construct an incomplete primer on his favorite music. It's so in love with metal's evil power chords that it's almost too sweet a movie on the subject.

Who Invented the Heavy Metal Use of the Devil Horns Hand Sign? Ronnie James Dio claims that he did (he appears to be even shorter than Glenn Danzig, if you can believe that). But Gene Simmons also makes the same claim. Then Dio comes up with the best quote of the movie, "Gene also invented air, shoes, etc."

Best Interview: Norwegian black metal band Mayhem, whose lead singer committed suicide. Then his surviving bandmates, dudes named Necrobutcher and Blasphemer, made necklaces out of his skull fragments. They're drunk on camera and say stuff like, "We're Mayhem. We rule."

Bonus: The movie opens with footage from the incredible '80s short film Heavy Metal Parking Lot. If you haven't seen it yet, you're neither a metal fan nor a true movie fan. No lie.

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