Heavy Metal

Directed by Gerald Potterton. Voices by Roger Bumpass, Jackie Burroughs, John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Don Francks, Douglas Kenney, Eugene Levy, Marilyn Lightstone, Harold Ramis, Susan Roman, Richard Romanos, August Schellenberg, Zal Yanovsky. (1981, R, 90 min.)

REVIEWED By Marc Savlov, Fri., March 8, 1996

Heavy Metal

Back from the dead, this landmark 1981 animated adult film may have been the first R-Rated film I ever saw, but it's also a genuinely outrageous and occasionally brilliant coupling of American animation and classic early-Eighties heavy metal (does anybody even remember Riggs and Trust?). It features five separate stories by then-underground artists such as Richard Corben, Dan O'Bannon, and Berni Wrightson taking place in five different universes simultaneously with a thundering soundtrack (digitally re-mastered for this re-release) and visuals that inspired everything from Akira to Blade Runner.

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