27 July, 2010

Heavy Metal: A Step Beyond Science Fiction

I just couldn't wait for Luxury Wolf to get around to posting this. He'd do a better job, but he's... I dunno, dead or something. Anyways, here's the skinny.

Heavy Metal was a series of Science Fiction comic magazines released in the 70's. They were a smattering of highly outlandish, violent, sexual, (often all three) short stories which would've appealed directly to people like Ringo, Lux and Myself - if we were about 20 years older. I still really want to read some.

Heavy Metal has published works by H.R. Giger and Esteban Maroto, and also included a graphic version of Milton's epic 1667 poem "Paradise Lost" in an issue. It was also adapted into an animated movie. Throw the theme song on (its by The Eagles' Don Felder), its amazing:

Don Felder - Heavy Metal (Takin' A Ride)

Boom. So this movie was where the Canadians were "at" in 1981. They couldn't be more awesome. So yeah, the movie was set up much like an issue of the magazine. There are 9 short stories, each of them based around the concept that a ball of "pure evil" has landed on some planet (possibly Earth, I can't remember) and is fucking up all these different kinds of crazy civilizations. One of them as you can see, has big-breasted warrior women who ride around on Pterodactyls.

Just take it at face value, man. As if you don't want to see this film right now!?


  1. In all honesty, I never read much Heavy Metal when I was younger - Mother would never have approved, and in latter years, they were always the subject of derision from my female counterparts, as they seemed to pander to the pimply, socially-inept, drooling adolescent boy comic collector stereotype. That said, I think a revision of opinions is definitely in order!

    And have you seen who provides voices for the '81 film?? Harold Ramis! John Candy! Eugene Levy!!!

  2. Its so great that John Candy plays an 13 old boy, haha! Also - I'm pretty sure Eugene Levy plays a gay robot. :D