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.
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…
This is my second time watching HEAVY METAL, and while I appreciated it a bit more this time, I just can't quite feel the love for it.
I think my biggest problem with it is this contradiction: visually, it's imaginative and colorful, but narratively, it's crude and simple-minded. The stories simply aren't very good. Several of them could not even really be considered stories, because stuff just happens and then it moves on somewhere else.
So, while I appreciate its commitment to ridiculousness and enormous animated boobs, I wish it had aspired to be a little more than wet-dream-fodder and wish fulfillment for the stoned suburban teen of 1981.
P.S. The story "B-17," however, about the zombie fighter pilots, is pretty awesome (even though it also barely qualifies as a "story"). Cool that it was conceived by Dan O'Bannon, too.
I am sure for 1981 this was cutting edge. This is my first viewing in a long time. I hear this one was better than Heavy Metal 2000, I will see.
What a great-looking/sounding DCP!
Meh. Uncle Buck and the naked cartoon sci-fi ladies.
Beautiful animation and nice story makes it a sure bet for a nice entertaiment
If you don't think this is one of the greatest movies of all time, then you have probably gotten laid recently.
A Very Adult Animation
This animation is rated R for a reason - it is catered to adults that were (and maybe still are) fans of Heavy Metal Magazine. A fair warning for parents: this movie really is not for kids.
I was 9 years old when this film came but I did not get to see it until I was 13 or 14 years old (maybe I was 15) anyway, the movie's story is not all that bad - but it's not that grand either. I am not a fan of the soundtrack either although some of the songs are ok. It's worth watching for the artwork (animation) and pure nostalgia factor.
This movie is OK. And it most definitely is a cult classic film - it's not a film for everyone.
Juvenile and boring, the product of bedroom-bound fantasy-addled sexually-frustrated adolescents, a dull parade of poorly drawn boobs, leaden one-liners and dull fantasy tropes. The animation and design is little better than a Saturday morning cartoon.
I first saw part of this on TV late one Friday. It was, and is certainly a trip, for sure satirical, and absolutely a 14 year old boy's wet dream. The animation is fairly lackluster, but the look, and design is imaginative. The story about the WW II bomber has always stayed with me for some reason.
1. Any film featuring a character named 'May'
2. A Scandinavian teen/coming of age film
3. A film you saw…