Heavy Metal (1981)

DailyView: Day 59, Movie 102

Over at Starz, I chose an animated movie to continue the DailyView this afternoon. It is a cult classic film from 1981 called Heavy Metal. The movie is an anthology movie based on short stories published in Heavy Metal magazines. The film is an adult animation directed by Gerald Potterton.

The framing device that crosses through the different stories is a small, glowing green orb that has significant evil power, leading to the deaths of many that come in contact with it. The voice cast is extensive, including John Candy, Don Francks, Richard Romanus, Harvey Atkin, Eugene Levy, Joe Flaherty, Rodger Bumpass, Harold Ramis, and Percy Rodrigues.

The animation was groundbreaking at the time. Now it looks choppy and a bit underwhelming. However, many of the images standout and definitely have a flavor to them that makes you know the movie you are in.

Of course, the soundtrack is one of the film’s most celebrated trait. There are songs from Black Sabbath, Journey, Sammy Hagar, Stevie Nicks, Blue Öyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Devo, Riggs, Grand Funk Railroad, Don Felder, Donald Fagan, Nazareth, and Trust.

As for the film, I have to say that I probably would have liked this more when I was in high school. The graphic violence and nudity among these animated stories are meant to target the young and horny males and their adolescent fantasies much more than someone my age. It does not age well either as there is a ton of misogamy toward every woman character in the movie.

There are some interesting parts of Heavy Metal, but the negative outweigh the rest for me.

2 thoughts on “Heavy Metal (1981)

  1. Yeah this one hasn’t aged well. I remember when it came out at the cinema it was quite an experience, from what I read in reviews at the time, but I only caught it on VHS years later and it seemed poor even then. I recently watched it again in HD and oh boy it wasn’t good.

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