Our Favorite Movie Posters #70: Heavy Metal (1981) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 March 2012 21:45

Click to View Larger... Click to View Larger...Heavy Metal (1981) - A Canadian fantasy-animated film directed by Gerald Potterton and produced by Ivan Reitman and Leonard Mogel, for sale who also was the publisher of Heavy Metal magazine, viagra the basis for the film. The screenplay was written by Daniel Goldberg and Len Blum.

The film is an anthology of various science fiction and fantasy stories adapted from Heavy Metal magazine and original stories in the same spirit. Like the magazine, it has a great deal of graphic violence, nudity, and sexuality. Its production was expedited by having several animation houses working simultaneously on different segments, including Cin├ęGroupe and Atkinson Film-Arts.


A stand-alone homage titled Heavy Metal 2000 was released in 2000.

Click to View Larger... Click to View Larger...Critical response to the film was generally dismissive with some reviewers making positive comments. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 60% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 25 reviews, with an average rating of 5.7/10 and the critical consensus: "It's sexist, juvenile, and dated, but Heavy Metal makes up for its flaws with eye-popping animation and a classic, smartly used soundtrack." Janet Maslin of The New York Times noted that the film "was scored very well, with music much less ear-splitting than the title would suggest. Film historian and critic Leonard Maltin gave the film 3 stars out of four in his Movie Guide, calling the feature "...uneven, but great fun on a mindless, adolescent level."

The film enjoyed only limited appeal in its initial run, but became a popular cult attraction for midnight theatrical showings, much like The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Legal problems with the copyrights for some of the music used in the film prevented a commercial home video release for 15 years, although the film was in rotation on some cable channels, including Cinemax, HBO, and TBS, which allowed fans to record it and circulate bootleg copies. Heavy Metal may be the canonical example of a popular film or album that was unavailable to consumers for a long time for obscure reasons, despite popular acclaim or success.

(Information courtesy of Wikipedia.)


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