Based on the fantastical illustrated magazine Heavy Metal, this unique collection of six animated stories combines science fiction with fantasy, horror, comedy, sex and rock music. The segments include "Harry Canyon," about a New York City cab driver who gets mixed up with a femme fatale, and "Den," in which a nerdy student travels to another planet and transforms into a macho stud with incredible strength. Other stories in this anthology feature the exploits of a beautiful female warrior, pilots fighting off a creature from another world, and a Pentagon secretary who gets captured by an alien. The stories are all linked by an otherworldly tale of a glowing green orb from outer space that spreads destruction throughout the galaxy. Richly and lavishly drawn, the vignettes of the orb's dark victories include the character voices of John Candy, Harold Ramis and a pounding soundtrack by Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Devo, Grand Funk Railroad, Sammy Hagar, Journey, Nazareth and Stevie Nicks. Highly imaginative and full of surprising special effects, Heavy Metal set the standard for the alternative contemporary animation.

Director:

Gerald Potterton

Cast:

Voices of Richard Romanus, John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Don Francks, Eugene Levy, Harold Ramis, John Vernon

MPAA Rating:

R

Run Time:

1hr 29mins

Release Year:

1981

Country Of Origin:

USA/Canada