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Heavy Metal

=== Soft Landing === The film's title sequence story (based on the original story by Dan O'Bannon and art by Thomas Warkentin) opens with a space shuttle flying in orbit over Earth. The bay doors (on the belly of the shuttle) open, releasing a 1958 Corvette. An astronaut seated in the Corvet...

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The thing I like most about 'Heavy Metal' is its quirky originality that I have yet to see anywhere else. Presented as an anthology of various stories written and animated by various Canadian filmmakers, 'Heavy Metal' is thematically based off of Heavy Metal Magazine, a popular adult fantasy literature/art periodical.

It follows the Loc-Nar, a glowing green sphere that calls itself “the sum of all evil in the universe”. The different stories that comprise the film are presented as stories the Loc-Nar is showing to a young girl, culminating in a final scene that wraps up the rest of the film nicely.

Not only is this film original, the animation is unlike any american animated film I've seen. Gratuitous nudity, blood & gore, and violence can be seen throughout, but it is done in such a way that it doesn't detract from the story. I would even go so far as to call it “artistic excess”. Some of the stories were even downright scary, especially a particular one concerning downed B-17 bombers and zombies. The animation for the undead creatures reminded me so much of Sam Raimi's 'Evil Dead' claymation decomposition sequence that I couldn't help but love it.

Another shining aspect of 'Heavy Metal' is the soundtrack. Classic rock tunes are abound, from Journey to Riggs and even Blue Oyster Cult. What's better is that the songs are worked into the various stories and scenes so perfectly. That would make sense, considering the film is called 'Heavy Metal', and it would be safe to assume that the creators built the film around the songs rather than the other way around. This is, in my personal experience, very hard to do, especially for the writing, but 'Heavy Metal' matches a rather arbitrary thing like the “mood” of a song to something exact like the plot progression of the film extremely well.

Overall, 'Heavy Metal' is a film hard to categorize. So hard, in fact, that I am forced to make up a genre specifically for it. I shall call it: scifantaseroticdramaventure. I promise, it'll make much more sense once you've watched the movie.

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