Credits- Heavy Metal (1981)

  • Starring: John Candy, Eugene Levy & Harold Ramis
  • Directed By: Gerald Potterton

#25 Heavy Metal (1981)

While college kids of the ‘70s in America were reading Marvel and DC, and perhaps some Crumb and Pekar, the young adults in France were onto something completely different with Métal Hurlant. In 1977 publisher Leonard Mogel imported the adult sci fi material to the U.S. and called it Heavy Metal. And in 1981 Mogel, along with comedy director Ivan Reitman, turned the magazine into an animated feature film.

The movie features an original story which frames an anthology of short animated films, several of which directly adapt concepts from the magazine, including Richard Corben's Den, Bernie Wrightson's Captain Sternn, Moebius' Arzach and several tales by Dan O'Bannon.

The film's cast is filled out by such Reitman comedy players as Harold Raimis, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy and the unmistakable voice of John Candy.

Best of all the film lived up to its name with a song score by several mainstream heavy metal acts of the day, including Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Nazareth and a pre-Van Halen Sammy Hagar.

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