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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 don't know why I keep watching this...
The animation is great. It's really colourful and exciting and the music goes well with the style. The stories are all misogynistic, juvenile fantasy type things but the worlds they are set in are all so incredibly unique and fun that it really makes the film very entertaining.
Some of the highlights are 'B-17', a genuinely tense thrilling story set in WWII with a quite horrifying ending; 'Harry Canyon' is such a cool guy and although his story is simple it's very funny and gets some social criticism in there too.
This doesn't have much of a continuous narrative, rather, this is a collection of episodes revolving around the "Loc-Nar," an evil glowing green ball hellbent on destroying humanity throughout the time and space. Each segment has a differing tone from sexual to violent to silly and cartoonish. Each segment also boasts it's own art style and quality of animation ranging from "Beavis and Butthead", to well done rotoscoping. The best part of the film would be the last half hour- what you see on the film's poster. It has the closest thing to an interesting storyline and the animation is amazing (when compared to the rest of the film). Overall, this film is a mess of unrelated ideas. If you find yourself watching this film, just try to enjoy the bizarre/trippy visuals, I guess.
It is a cool adult-themed animated movie.
I think... you're coming in a little high, man.
It plays like a sci-fi, fantasy, heavy metal porno with a crazy good soundtrack, except for that one vignette, B-17, that feels like an old 70s horror comic book.
It still boggles my mind that this Canadian Fantasy Heavy Metal production had NO MUSIC from Rush! They could have made a vignette around the song 2112 all by itself!
Thumbs Up: Awesome animation style that gleefully plays with titillating male fantasy and classic sci-fi imagery, the Loch-Nar as a fun framing device tying all the stories together, killer soundtrack, decent voice work.
Thumbs Down: Most of the stories are pretty lazy and uninteresting for someone who has no nostalgic connection to the source material, the ending feels like a total afterthought.
If I had a time machine, I'd fill it up with heavy doobies and go back to opening night for this movie.
Elmer Bernstein's symphonic score, rather than the threatened Black Sabbath, Journey, and Blue Oyster Cult, actually dominates this 1981 animated film—which is a serious commercial mistake but thank God for it. The seven sections, each based on a comic strip from Heavy Metal magazine, have been farmed out to various animation studios, including England's Halas and Bachelor and LA's Jimmy Murakami, and the contrasts in styles of drawing and direction give the picture real texture and liveliness. Some of the animation is first-rate, particularly in the more modest comedy segments, and even the heavy set pieces have greater flash and dazzle than anything Ralph Bakshi mustered around the same period. The film never transcends the racist, sexist, neofascist implications of its base material, but it works entertainingly within them, and even manages a bit of auto-analysis in John Candy's ironic, adolescent narration of the "Den" episode. Better than it had to be, for which some honor is due.
This animated feature is made up of a collection of short stories connected by a mysterious entity called the Loch-nar. This sphere spreads evil wherever it goes, and it's loosely behind the various dark stories collected here. In all honesty, it's a very vague connection at best; the vignettes here essentially are all stand-alone. The universe of Heavy Metal is one of science-fiction, fantasy, occasional horror and an abundant procession of large breasted women. Its erotic content is perhaps its chief selling point, and certainly what gives it its memorable imagery. Even though I know I should know better, I still have to confess to really enjoying the voluptuous vixens that populate this film; I'm such a sucker for the…
A big 80's music video with LOTS of gratuitous nudity. For nostalgia's sake, its hilariously funny. If you're looking for something cool, you could enjoy it. If you're looking for something serious to watch, stay away.
Here is a list taken from the very funny book of the same list title these films span from 1970's…