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Worth A Look: 18.37%
Average: 32.65%
Pretty Bad: 4.08%
Total Crap: 8.16%

3 reviews, 31 user ratings

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Heavy Metal
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by Ryan Arthur

"It's a one way ticket to midnight..."
3 stars

A great soundtrack outshines a mediocre movie.

Heavy Metal's a mishmash of sci-fi and fantasy cliches, based on stories that appeared in the magazine of the same name, complete with amazon goddesses with impossibly huge breasts, strange creatures and characters and weird sci-fi stuff like glowing orbs (not another reference to the impossibly huge breasts).

Oh, and it's animated.

It's a series of somewhat related vignettes, all tied together by a mystical force called the Loc-nar, an evil, green-glowing orb (aren't all green-glowing orbs evil?) that tells its story (yes, it talks) to a terrified little girl. The Loc-nar talks about the havok it's caused throughout the universe, and we get to see a handful of vignettes involving the orb, and a few that don't.

That's where the "somewhat related" portion of this review comes in.

Some of the vignettes are entertaining, and some are animated well. But they don't all flow together, and it's obvious that the story is nowhere near as cohesive as it could be. There are some good parts, and you can see the influence of some of the writers (notably Berni Wrightson on the "Captain Sternn" segment, and Dan O'Bannon on the "B-17" segment), but the entre film is hampered by the fact that multiple stories (with multiple directors) seemingly have little or nothing to do with each other. The plot, and therefore the movie, suffers. The voice work is unimpressive, as it reads more like a SCTV reunion (John Candy? Eugene Levy?).

The movie has a few good segments (the first one, "Harry Canyon" probably being the best), but the real star is the soundtrack, a blend of late 70's/early 80's rock that is probably one of the better soundtracks. Does it fit the film? Not entirely. But it's pretty good, nonetheless.

It's not animation for kids, obviously, unless you want your son to ogle animated breasts. Nostalgia buffs may get a kick from it (originally released in 1982, it enjoyed success as it was released to video for the first time in 1996), but most may find it a little light, entertainment-wise.

Very hit and miss, but you might dig it.

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User Comments

2/13/17 morris campbell a bit uneven but still fun and imaginitive 4 stars
12/21/15 Dr. Lao Story quality is very uneven, but the music is good. Oh yeah, and tits 4 stars
10/26/15 mr.mike Animated sci-fi goings on become tiresome halfway through. 3 stars
8/09/10 John Aster Habig creative but mindless fun dont fret nudity and video game plot great animation and music 5 stars
8/12/08 Shaun Wallner This movie is so funny! 5 stars
8/20/07 Sci I so love this movie 5 stars
7/28/07 Wee Todd Didd Nice collection of inter twined animations with mainly unhappy endings 4 stars
11/03/06 David Pollastrini great music 3 stars
1/16/06 Angela i loved it 5 stars
8/19/05 ES A movie with fans more geeky than Star Trek and D&D combined= love it and be a loser 1 stars
6/22/05 Regis 9/10 5 stars
11/19/04 Zeus one of a kind. Very strange. very cool 4 stars
10/20/04 ralph this movie is one of a kind.not for the prudish,but if you have a open mind you will enjoy 4 stars
10/11/03 JimmyC Not worth the time 1 stars
3/12/03 Butterball Cenobite aimed solely at adolescents and adolescent-type minds -- a guilty pleasure, I confess 4 stars
9/27/02 Tom Fleeman When they made this film, they broke the fucking mold man!!! 5 stars
9/19/02 Donovan Beard I thoought the movie brought the full feel of the heavy metal mag to the screen. 5 stars
9/11/02 Zefram Mann Far ahead of its time. An excellent look at different styles of music and animation. 4 stars
9/02/02 y2mckay Best enjoyed while high. Animated titties and spandex-rock soundtrack good. Rest is eh 3 stars
11/30/01 jason a wild ride 5 stars
9/01/01 Butterbean My mom took me to see this when I was 5 and I'll never forget those cartoon titties and ass 4 stars
2/14/01 LOOBER not very good animation and the movie is kinda silly. 2 stars
2/06/01 mister char this was a great movie, lots of nudity 5 stars
12/04/00 Justin This Movie Seriously Sucked! 1 stars
11/17/00 robin cliched & poorly animated. like being inside a 15-yr old's mind 1 stars
10/27/00 Paul Brutscher If you are into smarmy american animation, watch! like a sci-fi Beavis and Butt head! 5 stars
10/20/00 Fishsticks Very cool, and the animation rocks. Very silly- great fun, a must see! 5 stars
6/24/00 Aaron White Old saturday morning cartoons, plus tits and gore! Woof. 2 stars
2/08/00 Wolfmoon I grew up on this watching this film and I Turned out fine....I must go take my pills film 5 stars
1/20/99 Vick Di Brecci It's no Fantasia but it was interesting at the time 4 stars
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  07-Aug-1981 (R)
  DVD: 23-Nov-1999



Directed by
  Gerald Potterton

Written by
  Len Blum
  Daniel Goldberg

  John Candy
  Harold Ramis
  Rodger Bumpass
  Don Francks
  Eugene Levy
  Susan Roman

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