Heavy Metal is bound to seem a big success to fans of the
magazine on which it is based. Though it
owes some slight bit of its toughness and nihilism to Ralph Bakshi, this
animated cult feature is off on its own track, combining science fiction, mysticism,
sex, violence and rock music. Much of the time, these elements do what the film
makers want them to, and make for a heady mix.
"Heavy Metal,'' tells half a dozen stories that are loosely connected by
a glowing green meteorite, which describes itself as the source of all evil.
The other thing the episodes have in common is the women who turn up at
predictable intervals, shed their clothes and have superhuman shapes, as befits
the general air of boyish fantasy.
"Heavy Metal'' has been animated with great verve, and scored very well,
with music much less ear-splitting than the title would suggest. Its landscapes
tend to be barren and otherworldly, its characters stern and mighty. Superhuman
fierceness is at the root of this kind of fantasy, but there are also enough
sympathetic touches to make the material involving. Featuring music from: Black Sabbath, Cheap
Trick, Devo, Grand Funk Railroad, Sammy Hagar, and Journey--to name a few-- as
well as voice-over work by John Candy, Harold Ramis, and Eugene Levy.
What: Heavy Metal (1981 Gerald Potterton)
Format: 35mm Film
Runtime: 86 minutes
When: April 24th & April 25th at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm, April 26th at 3:00 pm
Where: 5th Ave Cinema, 510 SW Hall St. @ PSU
Admission: Free for PSU Students, Faculty and Staff with ID; $2 for Other Students, Seniors and Children; $3 General Admission
For more information:
PSU Film Committee