Heavy Metal (1981)

R  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Fantasy  |  7 August 1981 (USA)
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A glowing orb terrorizes a young girl with a collection of stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Grimaldi (segment "Grimaldi") / Co-Pilot (segment "B-17") / Barbarian (segment "Taarna") (voice)
Caroline Semple ...
Girl (segment "Grimaldi") (voice)
Girl (segment "Harry Canyon") / Satellite (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice)
Al Waxman ...
Alien (segment "Harry Canyon") / Henchman (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice)
Desk Sergeant (segment "Harry Canyon") / Dan (segment "Den") / Den (segment "Den") / Robot (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice)
Glenis Wootton Gross ...
Whore (segment "Harry Canyon") / Queen (segment "Den") (voice)
Katherine (segment "Den") (voice)
Martin Lavut ...
Norl (segment "Den") / Taarak (segment "Taarna") (voice)
Prosecutor (segment "Captain Sternn") (voice)
Sternn (segment "Captain Sternn") / Male Reporter (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") / Edsel (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice)
Lawyer (segment "Captain Sternn") / General (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice)


A sweeping story of the battle of good against evil is told through an anthology of short animated films about a glowing green orb (the Loc-Nar) that is the personification of ultimate evil in the universe. Based loosely on the American magazine "Heavy Metal," and the French magazine "Métal Hurlant". Written by Christopher E. Meadows <cmeadows@nyx.cs.du.edu>

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Louder And Nastier Than Ever See more »


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Release Date:

7 August 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Heavy Metal: Universo em Fantasia  »

Box Office


$9,300,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


As in the magazine, the evil emanation Den battles is called Ulultc. That is Cthulu spelled backwards, a reference to the God of Chaos in the mythology of H.P. Lovecraft. See more »


When the pilot lands on the South Seas island, Howler Monkeys can be heard in the background. They are native to South America, not the South Pacific. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: A shadow shall fall over the universe, and evil will grow in its path, and death will come from the skies.
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Crazy Credits

The rolling text of the credits stutter upwards in rhythm with the machine sound that opens the song "Working In A Coal Mine" performed by Devo. See more »


Referenced in Fire and Ice (1983) See more »


By Black Sabbath
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User Reviews

Cult classic.
30 August 2001 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

Gerald Potterton's "Heavy Metal" is definitely one of the best animation movies ever made.It has everything:violence,sex,nudity,humor and intelligent story.Great soundtrack by such hard rock/heavy metal groups like Black Sabbath,Nazareth,Devo,Blue Oyster Cult,Journey,Sammy Hagar,Trust,Grand Funk Railroad etc.My favourite segment from "Heavy Metal" is "B-17"-this one is dark,bloody and creepy!My highest recommendation.

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