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Heavy Metal (1981)

aka Heavy Metal

"A Step Beyond Science Fiction"

Directed By:  ,
Details: 91 mins · English · R (USA)

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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 ...(more)

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. (less)

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Cast:

No_movie_poster Various
Small Various
Small Various
Small Various
Small Various
Small Lawyer
Small Dr. Anrak
Small General
No_movie_poster Henchman
Small Lawyer
No_movie_poster Ard
No_movie_poster Harry Canyon
Small Hanover Fiste
No_movie_poster Queen
Small Male Reporter
Small Captain Sternn
Small Robot
Small Den
No_movie_poster Alien
Small Katherine
Small Desk Sergeant
Small Edsel
Small Zeke
No_movie_poster Whore
No_movie_poster Gloria
No_movie_poster Boy

Crew:

Small Dan O'Bannon Writer
No_movie_poster Richard Corben Writer
No_movie_poster Juan Gimenez Writer
No_movie_poster Angus McKie Writer
No_movie_poster Thomas Warkentin Writer
No_movie_poster Bernie Wrightson Writer
Small Ivan Reitman Production
No_movie_poster Len Blum Story Contributor
Small Dan O'Bannon Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Daniel Goldberg Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Bernie Wrightson Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Richard Corben Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Angus McKie Story Contributor
No_movie_poster John Bruno Director
No_movie_poster John Halas Director
No_movie_poster Julian Harris Director
No_movie_poster Jimmy T. Murakami Director
No_movie_poster Barrie Nelson Director
No_movie_poster Paul Sabella Director
No_movie_poster Jack Stokes Director
No_movie_poster Pino Van Lamsweerde Director
No_movie_poster Harold Whitaker Director
No_movie_poster Gerald Potterton Director

Taglines:

"A Step Beyond Science Fiction"

"Louder And Nastier Than Ever"

"Columbia Pictures takes you beyond the future into a universe you've never seen before...... A universe of mystery. A universe of magic. A universe of sexual fantasies. A universe of awesome good. A universe of terrifying evil."

Plot:






=== 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 Corvette then begins descending through Earth's atmosphere, landing in a desert canyon.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1981-08-07 : United States of America

DVD : 1999-11-23