Movies that are slightly off.
A Step Beyond Science Fiction
A glowing orb terrorizes a young girl with a collection of stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror.
Even though this is the first time I've ever seen Heavy Metal, I have great memories associated with it.
Back when my Uncle (through marriage) still had a mullet and rocked satin bomber jackets with dad jeans, I remember him watching this movie and my cousin and I wanting to watch it with him. We got denied by my Aunt, probably because they wanted to smoke pot while they watched it. They're my cool Aunt and Uncle, the first time I met my Uncle was when they showed up on a school night and convinced my parents to let me go to the movie theater to see Wayne's World. My Aunt MADE me watch Psycho when I was 10, despite…
Unfolding like the product of a 13-year-old boy's overstimulated imagination, 1981's "Heavy Metal" is a loosely linked collection of animated science fiction and fantasy vignettes. Violence, comedy, and buxom beauties fill out the anthology that strives to entertain and thrill but manages few compelling moments.
A green orb from the reaches of outer space ties the anthology together, but the separate tales are unrelated for the most part. A future-New York cabbie, World War II bombers, and bird-riding heroines drive a few of the chapters. The stories are short and tonally distinct, but they are not necessarily interesting. Some drag on too long, trying the patience of the audience, though the voice talents of John Candy and Eugene Levy add…
All these years I thought Heavy Metal was an animated movie about a badass warrior woman who travelled through fantasy landscapes slaying monsters while heavy metal music played. Oh how I wish it were true. The sequel Heavy Metal 2000 seems to be closer to that synopsis. Also, I know it's based on a magazine, but for a movie called Heavy Metal it mainly only uses classic rock.
Heavy Metal is an animated adult anthology film with several segments all connected by a mysterious green orb known as the Loc-Nar.
This actually has some real talents involved in it, which is all the more reason to be disappointed. Ivan Reitman produced it, Dan O'Bannon and Bernie Wrightson were involved in…
I implore you to stop whatever it is you're doing, turn on Netflix, and watch this movie. I can guarantee, you've never seen anything like this before. If you can find a lady friend to watch it with you, and if she likes it by the time it's over. That's your que to marry her. This movie is literally insane, to the tenth degree.
Film #11 of the May Scavenger Hunt
Task #23 A non-horror anthology film
As a big fan of metal, mostly Sludge, Stoner, and Prog, I found this incredibly disappointing. The soundtrack is rather good, but it's most definitely not metal aside from a few songs. I like Stevie Nicks as much as the next flamboyant straight dude, but it was really surprising hearing her in this. The stories are all every stereotypical sci-fi schlock except with no interesting themes discussed beyond "TITS". Sad that the film is so bland because the animation is fuckin stellar.
Finally, a movie that seems tailor made for me. A fusion of eighties animation, cheesy science fiction, and a heaping helping of good old heavy metal music. With a cast including such names as John Candy (Uncle Buck), Harold Ramis (Ghostbusters), and John Vernon (Animal House). Not impressed yet? How about music by Ronnie James Dio, Blue Oyster Cult, Devo, Nazareth, Sammy Hagar, Black Sabbath, and many more. Still not impressed yet? How about boobs?
Heavy Metal is based off the Heavy Metal magazine published from the late seventies all the way up to modern day, having been co-produced by the founder of the magazine, Leonard Mogel. It's a strange anthology film made with the main draw being the brutal…
What better film to watch high with friends on a Saturday night? Despite not being good in any traditional sense, it's very entertaining and fun to watch.
Haha, this movie is everything I expected it to be and more. Just stoner, metal bro excess at its finest.
It's juvenile nonsense. But entertaining juvenile nonsense.
The pinnacle of sci-fi male pornographic fantasy, both sexually and creatively. Sure, there's more T&A in here than in any episode of GAME OF THRONES, but where HEAVY METAL really teases the senses is in its imagery.
A female warrior riding a dragon. A B-52 bomber filled with zombies. A taxi driver melting a backseat carjacker. A spaceship floating over the Pentagon.
These images are iconic, pulled straight out of comic books that have littered pop culture for decades. They inspired the filmmakers and in turn they inspire us as the audience, setting our imaginations on fire as we envision what kind of world and stories these could inhabit.
And yet, like most pornography, the reality rarely lives up to the expectations. HEAVY METAL is crudely animated, its stories haphazardly connected... But there's just enough there to get your rocks off, creatively or otherwise.
One of the weirdest films i've ever seen but still highly enjoyable.
Just for cult-followers and Sci-Fi fans.
The structure of the history also was weird, the narrator and protagonist it's a green radioactive-ish conscious ancient and powerful rock. Wich goal it's to rule the universe and corrupts everything and everyone.
Once the film was finished the timeline doesn't make any sense.
But the value lies in the original approach to the Sci-Fi genre with shameless characters and satirical comments to the society. The film isn't afraid of nothing, mixing fantasy, drama, comedy and horror.
Every history have a purpose and every character delivers a message. Also the soundtrack it's pretty awesome.
As a fan of Sci-fi and sucker of qwirky settings I'm glad that Heavy Metal exists.
Heavy Metal is essentially the animated version of a horny 12 year old boy' disjointed imagination. It is in this respect that I find Heavy Metal to be enjoyable at times, it's just super dumb.
Unfortunately, the film is not dumb or cool enough, and just feels straight up bad most of the time. I'm not even going to get into all the misogyny in the film, because it's rampant, but in the way that seems totally sweet for a dumb kid. Much of the film was rather boring, but the parts that suceeded were great. The artwork and animation in the film is truly delightful, there is a lot of care and imagination put into this film.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
In France in the seventies and eighties, glossy comic anthology “Metal Hurlant” featured sci-fi, fantasy, and horror stories brought to life with mind-bending artwork and always featuring lots of sex and violence. When the comics were brought to the States as “Heavy Metal,” comic fans not only got an eye full of stuff that would never fly in American comics but were also introduced to phenomenal artists like Mobieus and Giger. The magazine’s cult following was such that an animated adaptation rolled into production. Produced by Ivan Reitman and featuring the vocal talents of many “SCTV” cast members, the film version of “Heavy Metal” gained its own cult following. Unavailable for many years due to copyright issues, “Heavy Metal” has…
A great soundtrack is squandered on this cheap and not that cheerful 80s animation piece. The standard of animation varies wildly from one short to the next and none of them really impress. The script is poor and most of the stories ware out their welcome a good 10 minutes before the end. Heavy Metal is a bland and more often than not boring anthology film that really does not deserve it's reputation.
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