Wednesday, March 23, 2011


"Heavy Metal represents one of my great teenage film memories. Back in the day, before the porn repository known as the internet was formed, Heavy Metal was edgy stuff. As a young teen, Heavy Metal was everything a kid my age wanted to see – sex, drugs, rock-n-roll, violence, defiance of authority, and hot chicks! Add the most awesome hard rock soundtrack, and Heavy Metal became the drug of choice for young folk back then. That it was animated somehow made it alright with the parents. Make no mistake – Heavy Metal is not high brow fare, nor is it particularly well made. But it is definitely a very fun guilty pleasure." via

Yep, recently blew a chunk of money on the original 1981 Poster from France on this bad boy. This movie was based on a popular series of sci-fi adult fantasy comics [in the mid-1970s, while publisher Leonard Mogel was in Paris to jump-start the French edition of National Lampoon, he discovered the French science-fantasy magazine Métal Hurlant which had debuted December 1974. The French title translates literally as "Howling Metal." When Mogel licensed the American version, he chose to rename it, and Heavy Metal began in the U.S. on April, 1977 as a glossy, full-color monthly. Initially, it displayed translations of graphic stories originally published in Métal Hurlant, including work by Enki Bilal, Jean Giraud (also known as Moebius), Philippe Druillet, Milo Manara and Philippe Caza. The magazine later ran Stefano Tamburini and Tanino Liberatore's ultra-violent RanXerox. Since the color pages had already been shot in France, the budget to reproduce them in the U.S. version was greatly reduced." via Wikipedia

Because they ran into a bunch of legal mumbo jumbo with music rights this movie kinda went underground and didn't regain popularity till it's made for home release in the 90s. I wasn't even born yet when this movie came out theaters, but like everything else a sad asian kid could do was to make up for lost time! This shit is almost like an American precursor to Akira, except made by a buncha different studios.

Any hardcore sci-fi fans can readily make references to a lot of where the movie developed inspirations from as well. This movie was pretty much a combination of little tales, loosely related by the evil orb traveling through different universes I guess. Kinda reminds me of Aeon Flux. Apparently they're making a new one in 2012? James Cameron? Rob Zombie too?! It's 2011, you would think people would be more inspired to create instead of just boosting old flicks. Fucking boring. But honestly based on current movie budgets & Cameron's need to overdue shit on a epic scale, I'll hope for the best anyway.

Times have definitely changed, and we can't really do things the old school way anymore. We can't recreate the rawness and nostalgia of the old days because we physically are in a was completely different America. It's not about liking it as much as it is understanding and appreciating the movement – painful, I know. If you ask me, I like jenky-ass dialogue and hand-drawn animation cels, rotoscoping all that shit. All this digital fancy shit looks nice but shows no true technical skill of filming or sequencing or innate talent because no one had to kill themselves over a fucked frame. All that facade in today's movies. Kind of like your tumblr. ;)

The soundtrack is sick as fuck. And if you're on of those "man this shit is retarded things are so much cooler now" kinda assholes, just smoke a joint, relax and just prepare to get your mind blown back to the 80's. I have yet to see Fire & Ice in whole, but I'll post about it in the near future.


Derek said...

This along with all of Ralph Bakshi's movies are probably the best animated movies ever. I should really watch this again.

Ainsley said...

holy shit, i remember watching heavy metal when i was a child! haha!


shit is BOSS.