Directed by Gerald Potterton
Screenplay By Daniel Goldberg and Len Blum
Starring Harvey Atkin, John Candy, Eugene Levy
Marilyn Lightstone, Harold Ramis, Alice Playten
and many more
Music by Sammy Haggar, Devo, Blue Oyster Cult, Journey,
Stevie Knicks, Grand Funk Railroad, Black Sabbath,
Nazareth and many more
Running time 91 minutes
Heavy Metal is more than a movie its a mind bending animated experience, that I believe should be enjoyed by all! This is one of those films that was almost a right of passage growing up, and you weren't really cool until you were old enough to watch this one. Its sexy, horror sci fi based animation that melds many genre into one with tons of gore, action, sex, humor and eventually even some really heartfelt moments in adult animation. I'm not so proud that I will try to deny the film makes me cheer, laugh and even cry every time.
This Canadian masterpiece was born of the magazine of the same name and is a retelling of some of the previously published stories from it. Its an anthology piece that as mentioned blends multiple genres ranging from sci fi, horror, to comedy, action, fantasy and more. Several different animation houses worked on the film simultaneously to ensure the film could get out in a timely schedule. It has some of the best animation of the time represented in it with as many various styles as there are pieces in the anthology.
I think you all can see where I stand on this one, it is an absolute MUST watch. Its a piece that screams of the time but in a grand and fun way. The entire film is like a who's who list of actors and bands of the time, many of whom have gone on to great careers, and are still today highly esteemed. It is a film with a very classic story line of good versus evil done in a very twisted unique way. This is a movie that screams for a party to go along with, cause this one is just even more fun with friends. Its got a soundtrack that rocks, and some very very adult animation (aka lots of sex, nudity, violence with little left to the imagination), so make sure the kiddies are in bed for this one or better yet over at Grandmas!