Heavy Metal

Release Date: March 1st, 1996

DVD Release Date: November 23rd, 1999

R |1 hr 30 min

Plot Summary

Adventures from deep space to futuristic New York, and beyond. Each world and story is dominated by the presence of the Loch'nar -- the sum of all evils manifest as a glowing green sphere whose power infects all times, all galaxies, all dimensions. To some, it appears as treasure, a green jewel they must possess. Others worship it as a god. Few escape it. Even in death and through death its powers continue. From war to war and world to world it seems invincible.

Cast: Harvey Atkin, Thor Bishopric, Rodger Bumpass, Jackie Burroughs, John Candy, Ned Conlon, Len Doncheff, Patty Dworkin

Director: Gerald Potterton

Genres: Fantasy , Adventure , Animated

Production Co: Columbia Pictures, Guardian Trust Company

Distributors: Columbia Pictures

Keywords: New York City, Death, Intense, Quest, Escape, Dark

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    The Associated Press

    The movie, like the magazine, contains a mixture of inspired graphics and hollow content. [10 Aug 1981]

  • 50
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Heavy Metal is a first-class entertainment for the class of people whose eardrums are as strong as the pans of a steel band, whose nerves could be used to conduct electricity and whose fantasies tend to the leathery: it is, in other words, a movie for horny, hell-raising teen- agers. [7 Aug 1981]

  • 12
    San Francisco Examiner

    Like "Rocky Horror Picture Show," Heavy Metal makes most sense as a midnight weekend feature, when many of its viewers are likely to be herbally and chemically addled. Without the help of intoxicants, Heavy Metal comes across as what it is - a wildly sophomoric and stupid cartoon celebrating gore, rape and bad music. show more

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