Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal

By Gerald Potterton

  • Genre: Gerald Potterton
  • Release Date: 1981-08-07
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1h 30min
  • Director: Gerald Potterton
  • Production Company: Canadian Film Development Corporation (CFDC)
  • iTunes Price: USD 12.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
From 316 Ratings


Based on the fantastical illustrated magazine Heavy Metal, producer Ivan Reitman enlists the help of some of Hollywood's animation masters to create the otherworldly tale of a glowing green orb from outer space that spreads destruction throughout the galaxy. Only when encountered by its one true enemy, to whom it is inexplicably drawn, will goodness prevail throughout the universe. 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, Donald Fagen, Don Felder, Grand Funk Railroad, Sammy Hagar, Journey, Nazareth, Stevie Nicks, Riggs, and Trust. Highly imaginative and full of surprising special effects, Heavy Metal set the standard for alternative contemporary animation. An intoxicating experience not to be missed!




  • Awesome movie!

    By Ro Ho
    Definitely for adults, not children. This movie has stood the test of time. As the the other review said, great sci-fi and fantasy! Incredible music! Don't believe rotten tomatoes, they have no clue. Super entertaining and a great journey!
  • Awesome story about the very essense of evil!

    By Bill1954
    This movie is NOT for anyone under 18! A glowing green orb, that is the very essense of evil, that travels through time, & space, has it's impact on those who come in contact with it, while searching for the ancestor, (or descendant) of the only one who has the power to stop it! Great music, animation & continuity of storyl;ine. A true animation classic!
  • Awesome.

    By Wacky1215
    One of the coolest movies ever. Far ahead of its time, this sci-fi rock opera/epic story is based off a long running fantasy/sci-fi art mag called Heavy Metal. These were the first five stories published when the mag was created, set to music by some of the best rock artists ever. It is of an adult nature, so it's not recommended for kids, but if you're a comic, sci-fi or fantasy fan, it's a must watch.
  • Clarion Call of a Generation

    By Der Elf
    So I did stare at the Poster for this film, above my drawing table when I was studying film when it was released. Me and just about every aspiring animator/VFX/Filmmaker who would later shape the media of a generation. Is the animation stellar? Heck no, but a lot of it was the first time it was ever being tried in a feature film. This film is where an entire genre of films started. Think of it as a time capsule, it’s contents may not be the greatest but they are where we began Oh, and turn the volume up to 11 while watching if yo know what is good for you!
  • God yes

    By MovieFudge
    Definitely not for kids, but it's a great relic of when animation was targeted at adults. The animation feels a little slow, but it's like driving a 1972 Trans-Am it's great because it's classic.
  • P.O.S.

    By rcgl4
    The poster is what fooled me. The animation sucked, and the story was incoherent. Just stare at the poster; that’s as good as it gets.
  • The Best!

    By Vicme 99
    Classic animation, have been watching for over 30 years and it’s always like watching it for the first time every time!
  • Very excellent movie! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

    By freddie the frog
    Does have some boring and sexual scenes but that is fine. Not for kids but very good for adults. Buy this movie if you're an adult, you might not regret buying it. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ