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Heavy Metal (1981)
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08.17.09

Heavy Metal (1981) An astronaut brings home a glowing green orb for his daughter. However, the orb kills him and corners the girl for its purposes. Claiming to the embodiment of all evil, the malevolent sphere, known as the Loc-Nar, terrorizes the little girl by showing a series of bizarre and fantastic tales it has influenced. The first is "Harry Canyon," a cynical taxi driver in a squalid futuristic New york who finds himself involved with a damsel in distress who is relentlessly pursued by murderous thugs who desire the Loc-Nar her archaeologist father found. The second is "Den" which chronicles the adventures of a nerdish boy who is thrown into the fantasy world of Neverwhere, where he is transformed into a studly naked muscle-man, desired by beautiful women, who must get involved in a conflict revolving around possession of the Loc-Nar. The third is "Captain Sternn" where the title character is a handsome but irredeemable scoundrel who stands accused in a trial that Loc-Nar throws into chaos. The fourth is "B-17", where a World War II bomber plane limps home after a bombing run, only to have the Loc-Nar ram into it and revive the dead crew members as murderous zombies. The next is "So Beautiful, So Dangerous" where a buxom secretary at the Pentagon is abducted by stoned alien wastrels and a oversexed robot. The final story is "Taarna", where the Loc-Nar has to come to a future Earth and changes a peaceful people into a horde of murderous barbarians who rampage with genocidal zeal. Only the last Tarackian, a silent swords-woman known as Taarna, can avenge the victims and stop the Loc-Nar.

Movie Tagline:
A Step Beyond Science Fiction

Title: Heavy Metal
Release Date: July 29, 1981
Runtime: 86 mins
Genre: Animation
All Genres: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Languages: English
Country: Canada
Colors: Color
Sound: Dolby
IMDB Rating: 6.3
Brimstone Pit Rating: 7.3 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With H

MPAA Rating: R

Director(s):
Gerald Potterton

Cast:
Rodger Bumpass ...Hanover Fiste (segment Captain Sternn) / Dr....
John Candy ...Desk Sergeant (segment Harry Canyon) / Dan (segment...
Jackie Burroughs ...Katherine (segment Den) (voice)
Joe Flaherty ...Lawyer (segment Captain Sternn) / General (segment...
Don Francks ...Grimaldi (segment Grimaldi) / Co-Pilot (segment...
Martin Lavut ...Ard (segment Den) (voice)
Marilyn Lightstone ...Whore (segment Harry Canyon) / Queen (segment...
Eugene Levy ...Sternn (segment Captain Sternn) / Male Reporter...
Alice Playten ...Gloria (segment So Beautiful and So Dangerous)...
Harold Ramis ...Zeke (segment So Beautiful and So Dangerous)...
Susan Roman ...Girl (segment Harry Canyon) / Satellite (segment...
August Schellenberg ...Nort (segment Den) / Taarak (segment Taarna)...
Richard Romanus ...Harry Canyon (segment Harry Canyon) (voice)
John Vernon ...Prosecutor (segment Captain Sternn) (voice)
Zal yanovsky ...Navigator (segment B-17) / Barbarian (segment...
Caroline Semple ...Girl (segment Grimaldi) (voice)
Al Waxman ...Rudnick (segment Harry Canyon) (voice)
Harvey Atkin ...Alien (segment Harry Canyon) / Henchman (segment...
Glenis Wootton Gross ...Whore (segment Harry Canyon) (voice)
Douglas Kenney ...Regolian (segment Captain Sternn) (voice)
George Touliatos ...Pilot (segment B-17) / Barbarian (segment Taarna)...
Patty Dworkin ...Woman Reporter (segment So Beautiful and So Dangerous)...
Warren Munson ...Senator (segment So Beautiful and So Dangerous)...
Vlasta Vrana ...Barbarian Leader (segment Taarna) (voice)
Mavor Moore ...Elder (segment Taarna) (voice)
Thor Bishopric ...Boy (segment Taarna) (voice)
Len Doncheff ...Barbarian (segment Taarna) (voice)
Cedric Smith ...Bartender (segment Taarna) (voice)
Joseph Golland ...Councilman (segment Taarna) (voice)
Charles Jolliffe ...Councilman (segment Taarna) (voice) (as Charles...

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Producer(s):
Vic Atkinson
John Coates
Michael C. Gross
John Halas
Jerry Hibbert
Peter Lebensold
Leonard Mogel
Lawrence Nesis
Ivan Reitman
W.H. Stevens Jr.

Writer(s):
Daniel Goldberg
Len Blum
Dan O'Bannon
Daniel Goldberg
Len Blum
Richard Corben
Bernie Wrightson
Dan O'Bannon
Angus McKie
Daniel Goldberg
Len Blum
Jean Giraud

Composer(s):
Elmer Bernstein




Trailer(s):
Heavy Metal Horror Film Trailer 1
Heavy Metal Horror Film Trailer 2

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"Radar Rider"
"Veteran of the Psychic Wars"
"True Companion"
"Heartbeat"
"Blue Lamp"
"Open Arms"
"Reach Out"
"Taking A Ride (On Heavy Metal)"
"Queen Bee"
"I Must Be Dreamin'"

More Movie Taglines:
  • A Step Beyond Science Fiction
  • Louder And Nastier Than Ever
  • Columbia Pictures takes you beyond the future into a universe you've never seen before...... A universe of mystery. A universe of magic. A universe of sexual fantasies. A universe of awesome good. A universe of terrifying evil.
Movie Quote(s):
  • [after sex] Robot: Earth women who experience sexual ecstasy with mechanical assistance always tend to feel guilty!
  • Harry Canyon: Ah, kiss my ass! Hooker: I will for twenty bucks.
  • Zeks: Look, man, if there's one thing I know, it's how to drive while I'm stoned. You know your perception is completely fucked so you just let your hands work the controls as if you were straight.
  • Taarak the Defender: To defend: this is the pact. But when life loses its meaning and is taken for naught, then the pact is to avenge!
  • Den: There was no way I was gonna walk around this place with my dork hanging out!
Movie Trivia:
  • The home video was removed from circulation for several years because of problems with music licensing.
  • The film was inspired by a long-running science fiction magazine of the same name, which began in Europe as Metal Hurlant. Most of the story segments are based on stories or characters featured in the magazine.
  • When the robot and the girl are walking through the spaceship arguing about their relationship, a ramp automatically lowers and they walk down it. This is a parody of the lowered ramp sequence in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), when the alien emerges from the spaceship.
  • The storyline that connected the various tales was dubbed the "Grimaldi Segment". Austin Grimaldi and Joe Grimaldi were part of the sound crew on the film.
  • The graffiti on the side of the space-going party palace reads "Martians are people too".
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