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Heavy Metal (1981)

August. 07,1981
| Adventure Fantasy Animation Science Fiction

A glowing orb terrorizes a young girl with a collection of stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror.


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You won't be disappointed!


This movie is magnificent!


A Masterpiece!


The story, direction, characters, and writing/dialogue is akin to taking a tranquilizer shot to the neck, but everything else was so well done.

Smoreni Zmaj

This adult animated sci-fi/fantasy movie is an anthology of stories adapted from the magazine of the same name and original stories in the same spirit. It's full of violence and nudity and accompanied by the music of great rock and metal names of its time, including Sammy Hagar, Blue Öyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Don Felder, Nazareth, Journey, Stevie Nicks and legendary Black Sabbath. I think it gained cult status more because of its name, awesome music and naked women, than its objective quality, but although it's now outdated, those who grew up in eighties and nineties will understand its greatness, even if they're watching it now for the first time.8/10


It's interesting to see Moebius art in a feature film. That said... it's nothing compared to his comic books, the visuals are mostly rough and stuff is flickering a lot. The animation is roto-like, meaning lifeless, no contrasts, the motion of everything is even and slow-ish. But hey, it's animated in 1981. The story... I don't know, it's probably interesting if you're high. Very, very high. This film was probably made by people who understand comics, not film, and it's not a good adaptation of comics to motion pictures. I think the film does have merit though, for being a feature that looks like a comic book, not like the usual 2D animation stuff: the line is more complicated, lots more details in the drawings. Some of the backgrounds are quite interesting, and they use line art, so the whole picture is colored line art.. as opposed to the usual animation look which has painted backgrounds and colored line art for animated elements (and it doesn't look cohesive). Anyway, overall... this film is more or less a creative mess. It has some remarkable bits of eroticism, not normally found in animation. Personally I would love to see more comic-book-like feature animation. But made today, with modern tools and animation and film knowledge, and with better character design and better overall visual style.


EVERYTHING about this movie is A+EXCELLENT -1,) the story; 2.) the characters; 3.) the animation; 4.) the settings; 5.) the sexuality; 6.) the music; and, all else!This is a perfect animated movie for a teen of the 1980s, like me! And...now that I'm 49, it's become a memorable part of my childhood, and, a happy part of my memories...as "Woodstock" has been for people of the generation before me!This, I believe, came from the 1968 short "Neverwhere." That was primitive, but, also, innovative and great, too!This is an awesome animated movie, EPIC CARTOON, that I loved in my teens, and, still do, now!I give this TEN STARS...IT'S HEAVY! :)


First realization is surprising by its precarious and quirky side but quickly mesmerizes (hypnotized), then the type of design with big features, of dubious (doubtful) entertainment and a little trash of the first story is not to all tastes. But we quickly forget this prejudice as the history and background captivates us. We must put this cartoon U.S. in its time (1981 release) and suddenly found some quality and undeniable artistic cachet; Japanese animation , in the same period was to Goldorak and Harlock 78 when its design. This achievement is even amazing on certain sequences like the B 17 which is turned around, or even more than during the flight of the Taarna's bird.The film is completely shifted (quirky) but the story, at least the storieS are exciting and captivating. Indeed, the history includes several stories, like the "Tales from the Crypt" or "Creepshow" or "quicksilver highway" (1997, by Mick Garris),…, here with a common factor: "the evil" incarnate by a green ball. This representation of evil reminds us of the movie "The Fifth Element" by Luc Besson (1997) with the taxi and unexpected girl passenger in distress. As heavy metal music and atmosphere and the presence of John Candy reminds us some scenes of "Spaceballs" by Mel Brooks (1987).The soundtrack is a reference here, as the heavy metal parts and the high quality philharmonic.This is a high quality film! It is true that there are already talents in this production as Ivan Reitman or Harold Ramis, John Candy , ...