Fritz the Cat may have lost one of his lives in the comics, but in his new movie, he has eight more lives left to go! While his wife screams at him, Fritz lights up a joint and reminiscences about what could have been.
An astronaut brings home a glowing green orb for his daughter. However, the green orb wipes him out and corners the girl for its purposes. Claiming to embody ultimate evil, the malevolent sphere, known as the Loc-Nar, terrorizes the little girl by showing a series of bizarre and fantastic stories 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 teenager who is thrown into the fantasy world of Neverwhere, where he is transformed into a handsome muscleman, 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 the Loc-Nar throws into ...Written by
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Soft Landing: A 1959 fiberglass-bodied Chevy Corvette is deployed from a space shuttle, lands on Earth, and drives up to a mansion.
Grimaldi: The astronaut goes into the mansion and shows his daughter what he found. When he opens his case, a green glowing orb rises out and melts him.
Harry Canyon: A 21st-century New York taxicab driver finds himself involved between a covetous gangster, the beautiful daughter of an archaeologist, and a green glowing orb called the Loc-Nar.
Den: A nerdish teenager is transported through space and time to another world into the body of a muscular warrior, and becomes involved in a power struggle revolving around possession of the Loc-Nar.
Captain Sternn: A square-jawed space pirate is on trial for numerous serious charges and only his character witness can save him.
[Neverwhere Land]: Deleted segment about how the Loc-Nar guided the evolution of life on Earth through violence and anger.
B-17: The remaining crew of a damaged World War II B-17 bomber must survive the machinations of the Loc-Nar.
So Beautiful, So Dangerous: A voluptuous secretary transported by accident onboard a spaceship when its crew retrieves its android.
Taarna: The Loc-Nar corrupts a tribe of human outcasts, turning them into vicious marauders that will overwhelm the world with cold, murderous violence. The last scion of a warrior race, seeking to avenge the deaths of the people she was sworn to protect, is the only being that can stop them.
The Grimaldi segment is the link device that ties this movie together. The Loc-Nar features in some way in the six stories that follow. It narrates to the captive girl tales about its great power before it begins to devour her. See more »
When the pilot lands on the South Seas island, Howler Monkeys can be heard in the background. They are native to South America, not the South Pacific. See more »
A shadow shall fall over the universe, and evil will grow in its path, and death will come from the skies.
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The rolling text of the credits stutter upwards in rhythm with the machine sound that opens the song "Working in the Coal Mine" performed by Devo. See more »
Because of time constraints, a segment called "Neverwhere Land" was deleted; in this film, this would have connected "Captain Sternn" to "B-17". The story follows the influence of the Loc-Nar upon the evolution of a planet, from the Loc-Nar landing in a body of water, influencing the rise of the industrial age, and a world war. This original story was created by Corny Cole. The original rough animatics are set to a loop of the beginning of the song "Time" by Pink Floyd. The 1996 VHS release included this segment at the beginning of the tape. On the DVD release, this segment is included within the bonus features and is dedicated "In memory of Dawn M. Cole - 1931-1985". In both released versions, the sequence is set to the music of "Passacaglia" (from Magnificat), composed and conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki. See more »
A lot of reviews of this film are negative, and I spotted one that said this film is merely for the older generation. Well, I just have to say that this comment is incorrect. I myself was not produced until after the film had been around for some years (*raises hand* 1986), and I highly enjoy this wonderful flick.
I got the chance to sit down and watch the movie with my mother when I was 13, and I instantly fell in love with it. I love the way the green orb links the stories together, the humor, the music, and yes - even the animation.
True, the animation is nothing compared to the stuff that's out there these days, but this film is a classic. If you don't understand the film's stories, then you clearly weren't paying attention.
Heavy Metal magazine is fantastic, and this movie is nothing short of the magazine's beautiful creativity.
Also? Comparing Heavy Metal to its sequel, Heavy Metal 2000, is simply wrong. Heavy Metal 2000 pales in comparison to the original. Sure, the soundtrack is amazing, but in my opinion, that's about it.
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