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->''"Music/BlueOysterCult, Music/BlackSabbath, Sammy Hagar and Riggs take you to a universe you've never seen before. A universe of magic. A universe of mystery. A universe of sexual fantasies. A universe of awesome good, and terrifying evil."''

''If you were looking for the music genre, go to HeavyMetal.''

The 1981 Canadian-animated film anthology of stories from the magazine of the same name. Laden with sex, violence, profanity, decent animation, and a [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic rippin' soundtrack]].

The framing story for each short concerns the Loc-Nar, "the sum of all evil," a sentient, floating [[GreenRocks green orb]] that kills people by [[BodyHorror painfully melting them into goo]] or turning them into monsters (and a plot device that figures into each short), showing a young girl its influence across space and time (after killing her astronaut father, who had just brought it back to Earth, de-orbiting in a [[ImprobablyCoolCar classic Corvette convertible]]).

* '''Harry Canyon''', New York taxi driver, gets caught up in a fight between a gang and an archeologist's daughter over the Loc-Nar. She [[DoubleEntendre screws him more than once]].
* '''Den''', originally a skinny, nerdy kid named Dan (voiced by John Candy), gets [[TrappedInAnotherWorld sucked into Neverwhere]], becomes a bald, naked, [[BarbarianHero musclebound hunk]] ([[WTHCastingAgency still voiced by John Candy]]) that every woman in the story (equally [[FanService naked and buxom]]) apparently throws herself at, and involves himself in a fight between an [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen evil queen]] and an [[{{Immortality}} unkillable]] [[SissyVillain dandy]] to save [[DamselInDistress the girl]] he encountered upon arrival. One of the better received stories, thanks in part to Candy's narration giving the macho fantasy a refreshingly lighthearted humourous touch that takes away none of the eroticism. Due to the fairly consistent female nudity, this segment is generally excised from TV prints of the movie altogether. (Incidentally, this is one of the few segments of the movie to have no songs - ElmerBernstein's score is front and centre here.)
** The {{Trope Namer|s}} for NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow (while swimming a LONG way underwater).
* '''Captain Sternn''', on trial for multiple crimes (including a [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking moving violation]]), gets more than he bargained for when [[PunnyName Hanover Fiste]], the man he paid to act as his character witness, goes berserk under the Loc-Nar's influence.
* '''B-17''': limping home after a World War II bombing run with most of the crew dead, a USAAF B-17 encounters the Loc-Nar, which then reanimates the dead into flesh eating zombies. The pilot bails out and lands on an island filled with plane wrecks and more zombies. The scariest part of the film. Among critics of the movie, also regarded as the strongest segment, and rarely spoken of in anything but a positive light.
* '''So Beautiful, So Dangerous''': aliens abduct a buxom Pentagon secretary, and the robot leader takes a shine to her. The pilots ingest a massive amount of [[GRatedDrug plutonium nyborg]] and fly home utterly stoned, while the robot [[{{Robosexual}} gets into the secretary's knickers]]. The BreatherEpisode after '''B-17''', and seems to be [[PlayedForLaughs playing things for laughs]].
* '''Taarna''', the last Taarakian, is called to defend a peaceful civilization from Loc-Nar-mutated barbarians. She arrives too late, and she turns to vengeance to fulfill her pact.

At the climax, Taarna's defeat of the Loc-Nar echoes, and the orb menacing the girl is destroyed. A purple bird of the same kind that Taarna flew arrives at her side, and she [[RidingIntoTheSunset flies off]], her hair turning white and the Taarakian crest appearing on her neck.

Once noted for KeepCirculatingTheTapes because music rights kept it from being released on home video. Bootleg tapes of it would routinely turn up, some taped off airings on pay cable channels. Now legally available as well.

The film is adapted from a number of stories in ''Heavy Metal Magazine'', an American version of the French comic ''Métal Hurlant'' founded by Creator/{{Moebius}} and Creator/PhilippeDruillet. A number of other adaptations have also been made, including the film ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal2000'' (which had [[InNameOnly almost nothing to do with]] the first film) and the ThirdPersonShooter ''F.A.K.K.[[superscript:2]]'' (which was based upon ''Heavy Metal 2000''). Somewhat strangely, the film ''Heavy Metal 2000'' is also sometimes seen under the title ''Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.2''.

Plans for a new version of the film began to take shape in 2008, with [[Creator/DavidFincher lots]] [[Creator/JamesCameron of]] [[Creator/ZackSnyder big]] [[Creator/GuillermoDelToro names]] floated around to direct segments. However, the project fell into DevelopmentHell, since nobody was interested in investing in it. However, in August 2011, Creator/RobertRodriguez acquired the rights for a ''Heavy Metal'' movie and started the project over from scratch at his newly created company, Quick Draw Studios.

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!!The original 1981 film contains examples of:

* TheAce: Subverted with Captain Sternn. Outwardly he looks to be the typical Ace, with the heroic clothes, the swagger, the lantern jaw, etc., but we soon discover he's really a despicable character despite his outward charms.
%%* ActionGirl
%%* AfterTheEnd
* AlienAbduction: Gloria, by accident in "So Beautiful, So Dangerous".
* AllThereInTheScript: In "So Beautiful, So Dangerous," Zeke and Edsel are the names of the stoner aliens, and Gloria is the redheaded secretary they abduct. The robot, however, has no name listed.
* AnthologyFilm
* ArtifactOfDoom: The Loc-Nar.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The charges against Captain Sternn:
--> '''Prosecutor:''' Lincoln Sternn, you stand here accused of 12 counts of murder in the first degree, 14 counts of armed theft of Federation property, 22 counts of piracy in high space, 18 counts of fraud, 37 counts of rape...and one moving violation.
* ArtShift: Justified, as each segment was handled by a different animation studio.
%%* AsLongAsThereIsEvil
* AscendedFanboy: Den.
* AsideGlance: The title character in "Den".
* BadassCreed: Taarna, "To defend, this is the Pact. But when life loses its value and is taken for naught - the Pact is to avenge."
* BaldOfAwesome: Den, again.
* BallisticDiscount: Averted.
* BatheHerAndBringHerToMe: Said almost work-for-work by the mutant leader in "Taarna".
* BeastMan: The Red Queen's troops.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted when Taarna is lashed during her fight with the Barbarian Leader.
* BodyHorror: In "B-17". The poor airmen are already dead, but ''still''. Also happens to the astronaut father of the girl.
* BondVillainStupidity: The Loc-Nar spends almost the entire film bragging about his plans instead of killing the girl while she's defenseless.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: In this incredibly graphic adult-oriented film, there is still some bowdlerization. In the ''Den'' segment, the titular character is wearing a loincloth. Guess [[MaleFrontalNudity what was different]] [[NationalGeographicNudity in the original]] ''Den'' comics.
* BullyingADragon: If you value your life do not do the following: Do not grope Taarna, do not challenge Taarna to a fight. Three of the Barbarian's thugs learned that the hard way.
* CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth: Sternn, as one of the darker examples.
* CaughtInASnare: Taarna is caught in a net trap while flying.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Norl is set up as Ard's top mook...and then disappears after Den "distracts" the queen.
** Although he does mention he and the rest of the troop would enter the chambers from the other entrance, then steals the Loc Nar after Den is found.
* CourtroomAntic: Big time.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: [[http://www.taarna.net/Sacrificed.jpg And not a particularly subtle one.]]
* DamselInDistress: Katherine.
* DangerTakesABackseat: Several times in the Harry Canyon segment. Not very smart, considering taxi cabs in this world have a security system that vaporizes anyone in the backseat. Or at least, ''Harry's'' does. The fact people keep trying to threaten him while in his cab's back seat suggests this is not the norm. They can't ''all'' be under the crazy-making influence of the Loc-Nar (although one is).
* TheDarkAgeOfAnimation
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Hanover Fiste didn't die in the original comic.]]
* DeathIsTheOnlyOption: Taarna the Taarakian sacrifices herself and her mount to defeat the sum-of-all-evils Loc-Nar. It works, and Taarna's spirit transfers to Grimaldi's daughter, making her the new Taarakian.
* DelayedReaction: It takes a handful more lines of dialogue from Hanover Fiste after he mutates before everyone in the courtroom panics and flees for their lives.
* DemotedToExtra: In "So Beautiful, So Dangerous," the Loc-Nar only appears as a bauble on Gloria's necklace at the beginning of the segment. At most, all it does is make Dr. Anrak freak out and attack Gloria; other than that, it plays absolutely NO role in the story. Which makes one wonder why the Loc-Nar bothered to show that story to the little girl in the first place.
** It was intended to have a larger role, and would have had the vignette not ended abruptly. See WhatHappenedToTheMouse, below.
* DepravedHomosexual: Ard at least ''acts'' CampGay.
* {{Determinator}}: Taarna.
* DisintegratorRay: Harry Canyon has one installed in his cab to dispose of passengers who try to rob him.
* DisneyAcidSequence: We get a short one in "So Beautiful, So Dangerous," to the tune of "All of You" by Don Felder. And the ''[[Franchise/StarTrek U.S.S. Enterprise]]'' even makes a cameo!
* EldritchAbomination: The Loc-Nar, which travels through time and space wrecking people's lives and turning them into zombies, and is clearly sentient. Uhluhtc in the Den segment. [[SdrawkcabName Does this look]] [[CthulhuMythos familiar?]]
* EmeraldPower: The Loc-Nar, which glows green whenever it exerts its power.
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: Den lampshades the fact that, on this new planet, he got lucky twice in one day after arriving a virgin.
** Not that the fact he's now tall and muscular, saved one of the women from an unpleasant death and had something the other one desperately wanted might have had anything to do with it...
* EvilSoundsRaspy: Rudnick, the main villain of the "Harry Canyon" segment.
* ExcusePlot
* FaceNodAction: Den and his companion just before entering the Queen's quarters.
* FailureHero: Taarna. The people she's supposed to defend get slaughtered, she gets captured, whipped, and sliced by the bad guys, and wins only due to a HeroicSacrifice from her pet and a random lightning bolt. Aside from decapitating three {{Mooks}} in a bar, her fighting skills are strictly an InformedAbility.
** Her winged mount bails her out of trouble ''twice'', and she wastes so much time sexily getting dressed for battle that if the elder council had prayed for the bird instead of her, they might well have all survived.
** Then again, the people she's supposed to protect wait until the last possible second to summon her.
* {{Fanservice}}: So many huge-breasted naked women they could have called the film ''Heavy Silicone''.
* FantasticDrug: The plutonium nyborg that the alien pilots snort up in "So Beautiful, So Dangerous". It is ingested like cocaine and produces hallucinogenic effects while leaving its users in a mellow state of euphoria, basically a [[MarijuanaIsLSD combination of marijuana and LSD in powder form]].
* FollowTheLeader: ''Film/TheFifthElement'' borrows heavily from the Harry Canyon segment.
* FramingDevice: Basically the whole film is the Loc-Nar [[EvilGloating bragging what a bad-ass]] it is.
* TheFederation: Sternn is part of one.
* TheFutureIsNoir: Pretty much the premise of Harry Canyon's segment.
%%* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen
* GreenRocks: The Loc-Nar can raise zombies, transform humans into monsters, alter personalities, etc.
* HatesBeingTouched: A couple of thugs learned the hard way that Taarna hates being touched inappropriately... by losing their heads. It didn't help that they belonged to the faction that killed the people she was summoned to defend either.
* HealingFactor: Ard.
* HeavyMithril: The Music/BlueOysterCult album ''Fire Of Unknown Origin'' was composed to be the soundtrack for the film - ultimately, only the song ''Veteran of the Psychic Wars'' (written by Creator/MichaelMoorcock) made it into the film, though the song ''Vengeance (The Pact)'' off the same album is a blatant retelling of Taarna's story.
%%* HeroicAlbino
* HeroicMime: Taarna, the lead action girl in the final segment, never says a single word.
%%* TheHorde
* HorseOfADifferentColor: Taarna's bird-dinosaur-thing.
* HulkingOut: Hanover Fiste, care of the Loc-Nar.
* HumanSacrifice: The queen in "Den" does this to appease "Uhluhtc" and gain the powers of the Loc-Nar. Ard does the same thing later, with the same intended sacrifice, even.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Taarna's bird not only saves her from certain death twice, but also ends up kicking more ass than she does.
* ImMelting: How many people in this film meet their ends, mostly by exposure to the Loc Nar.
* IntimidationDemonstration: The Barbarian Leader shows off the cutting power of his circular saw hand before fighting Taarna.
* KarmaHoudini: Sternn.
* LargeHam: '''STEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!'''
* LanternJawOfJustice: Inverted. [[AntiHero They give the chin to Sternn.]]
* [[LastOfHisKind Last of Her Kind]]: Taarna. [[spoiler: Until the end.]]
* LimitedAnimation: The Grimaldi bridge sequence has certain parts, like the Corvette, poorly rotoscoped, and the [[spoiler:house blowing up in the end not rotoscoped at all, but this is due to time constraints]].
* ListOfTransgressions / LongList: The charges against Sternn.
* MadeOfEvil: The Loc-Nar.
* MakeThemRot: The Loc-Nar can give off a green energy that causes highly accelerated decomposition. If used on living creatures it causes death ("Grimaldi", "Harry Canyon"). If used on dead bodies it makes their flesh rot away and turns them into animated skeletons ("B-17").
* MaleGaze: Throughout.
* MarijuanaIsLSD: Plutonium nyborg, a FantasticDrug in the film, is a powder that is ingested like cocaine by the alien pilots of the segment "So Beautiful, So Dangerous" and produces hallucinogenic effects while leaving its users in a mellow state of euphoria, as sort of a combination of marijuana and LSD.
* MostCommonSuperpower: Taarna.
-->'''Website/TheAgonyBooth:''' Revenge-seeking warrior, with '''boobs'''! Just think every strong, silent fantasy hero cliché, and you’ll get the idea. Plus, '''boobs'''!
* MostWritersAreMale: There was almost no female character that behaved in any way, shape, or form the way a reasonable and intelligent person would act. You had a woman who worked at the Pentagon, whose first reaction to being abducted by aliens was to complain that she was going to miss her gynecologist appointment, and who later fell in love with a robot who didn't look remotely human. (Of course, the archaeologist's daughter was trying to {{manipulat|iveBastard}}e Harry, which makes her behavior to that point [[ItMakesSenseInContext make sense]]. And as for Gloria...even the most sensible of us will panic and babble about random things while in shock—although, admittedly, that ''only'' explains her going off about her check-up, ''not'' jumping in bed with the robot.)
** The main exceptions are Taarna (a {{badass}} and grim LadyOfWar, even dressed [[{{Stripperiffic}} like that]]) and the girl in the bridge segments. The girl is appropriately terrified of a green ball that just vaporized her dad. Even when she [[spoiler:transforms into the new Taarna]], she's never portrayed in a lurid manner as Taarna was in the last story (Taarna was ogled, whipped, sexually abused, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment and ogled]].)
*** Taarna is only a partial exception, because she was [[{{Stripperiffic}} dressed like that]]. She's the right-hand side of the page image for a reason.
* {{Multiboobage}}
* NeverTrustATitle: This movie really does not focus on the metal. The soundtrack is subdued enough that most of the music is barely audible in the background, there are long gaps between songs, and by today's standards most of the songs would not really be considered heavy metal. The name comes from the magazine the stories were taken from rather than the music.
** As far as the soundtrack album goes, only the Sammy Hagar, Riggs, Nazareth, and Music/BlackSabbath songs were considered "metal" (or hard rock, at best). The Donald Fagen and Stevie Nicks songs were soft rock, the Journey song was a power ballad, the Devo song was New Wave, and everything else was regular rock.
** Indeed, as much as half the music heard in the film is a well-regarded symphonic score, composed by Music/ElmerBernstein.
* NippleAndDimed: Every clip but ''B-17'' has completely uncensored bare boobs. ''B-17'' is Adult for [[BodyHorror another reason]].
* NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow: The {{Trope Namer|s}}, after Den, in his new body, swims an extremely long distance underwater.
* ObsessiveCompulsiveBarkeeping: In "Taarna", when the title character enters a bar the bartender is repeatedly shown drying a glass.
* PercussiveMaintenance: In "So Beautiful and So Dangerous" one of the aliens causes a compartment to slide open by kicking it.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Most of the magazine-based stories are altered to fit the format. In particular, Den, who is perfectly comfortable being [[MaleFrontalNudity buck naked]] in the original comics, gets a loincloth. On the plus side, the comic's stiff English translation of the dialogue is replaced by a much relaxed tone that sounds more natural and humorous with a horny teenager's take on the macho fantasy story.
** Originally there was going to be a lot more overlap between the stories (e.g. Hanover Fiste is seen traveling on the same ship as the stoner aliens and declares that Sternn WILL go free). However this became impossible due to the filming of each segment being handled by different studios, with collaboration between them being incredibly difficult.
* PrivateEyeMonologue: "Harry Canyon" has it.
* PunnyName: Hanover Fiste. Harry Canyon.
* RaisedHandOfSurvival: The Taarna segment has the huge Loc-Nar spew a torrent of greenish ooze, which floods the valley and inundates everyone beneath it, including the red-robed leader. After much time submerged in this ooze, the leader's organic hand breaks the surface, still clutching his "Z" medallion. Then his mechanical hand also breaks the surface, and makes a fist. The leader emerges as an undead evil minion of the Loc-Nar, promptly declaring war on the rest of the living world: "Death to all who oppose us!"
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The evil queen in "Den" and the Barbarian Leader's giant rat {{Right Hand Cat}}s in "Taarna".
* RefugeInAudacity: Some of the charges against Sternn are so over the top they're hilarious, including running a prostitute ring consisting of preschoolers and dealing drugs while disguised as a nun.
* ReligionOfEvil: The Uhluhtc worshipers in "Den".
* RescueSex: In the "Den" sequence.
-->'''Katherine:''' I have no reward to give you, but - if any part of me pleases your senses, I would give it to you... willingly.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot
* RightHandCat: The giant rat-like pet of the BigBad Barbarian Leader in "Taarna".
* {{Robosexual}}: Gloria and the robot, somehow.
* {{Rotoscoping}}: Much of Taarna's actions, especially [[{{Fanservice}} the dressing scenes]], were rotoscoped from Toronto model Carole Desbiens. Also some of the B-17 footage and parts of "Grimaldi".
* RuleOfCool: The entire film not only uses this, it runs wild with it.
* RuleOfFunny: During the "Captain Sternn" and "So Beautiful, So Dangerous" segments.
* SamusIsAGirl: Taarna.
* SceneryPorn: Particularly in the alien abduction segment and the Taarna segment.
* SchizoTech: Present in the settings of Den and Taarna, which feature automatic weapons in tandem with swords, axes, and spears.
* SdrawkcabName: [[CthulhuMythos Uhluhtc.]]
* SexBot
-->'''Robot''': Earth women who experience sexual ecstasy with mechanical assistance always tend to feel guilty!
* ShamefulStrip: When Taarna is captured by the Barbarian Leader, he has her stripped. Not that there was much to take off to begin with...
* ShoutOut: In the "Den" story, the name of the eldritch god "Uhluhtc", whose favor the villains are trying to win is clearly "Cthulhu" spoken backward (the sacrificial altar also clearly resembles Cthulhu).
* ShroudedInMyth: The Loc-Nar.
* SicklyGreenGlow: The Loc-Nar.
* SissyVillain: Ard, "Leader of the Revolution, and Next Ruler of the World."
* SmokingHotSex: Gloria lights up after sleeping with the robot.
* SoUnfunnyItsFunny: "Goddamn [[StealthPun illegal aliens]]..."
* SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay:
** In the opening sequence, the Space Shuttle is seen releasing the Corvette from its storage bay through doors in the hull. In real life, the doors are on the ''other'' side of the shuttle.
** During his rampage through the station, Hanover Fiste causes a part of it to collapse ''inwards'' (complete with a settling cloud of dust), instead of ''outwards'' (which would have sent debris floating away into space).
** At the end of Hanover's rampage, [[spoiler: Sternn disposes of him by pulling a lever, which drops him through an ordinary trapdoor into space... just as if he were on a planet with gravity, and without an airlock to keep the atmosphere in.]]
** Though he's not entering a planetary or solar atmosphere, Hanover Fiste somehow catches fire in the vacuum of space. (Although you could {{handwave}} this by saying that it's the Loc-Nar's doing, or even solar radiation. But still.)
* SpiritualSuccessor: Den -> ''BrutalLegend'', in many ways.
* StabTheSky: Appears on the film poster and during the "Taarna" segment.
* {{Stripperific}}: Taarna, in reverse (although her battle gear doesn't cover much either, and sports CombatStilettos).
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation: 1981.
* ThongOfShielding: Taarna.
* ThrownOutTheAirlock: The fate of Hanover Fiste.
* TrapDoor: Captain Sternn uses one to get rid of Hanover Fiste.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: the future of 1981, anyway. Manhattan looks like it did before the cleanup in the 80's and 90's , with sex shops, dirty sidewalks and [[HarsherInHindsight the World Trade Center]].
* UnstoppableRage: '''STEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!'''
* VillainessesWantHeroes: The evil queen ''really'' wants Den to "please" her.
* TheVoiceless: Taarna. It is never stated whether she is actually mute or simply chooses not to speak.
* WishFulfillment: Horny busty women who get naked at the drop of a hat and screw anything that moves? See MostWritersAreMale.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: "So Beautiful, So Dangerous" starts out with government officials discussing mysterious human mutations, and Dr. Anrak seems to be part of a cover-up that is later implied to involve Zeke, Edsel, and the robot. Except the mutation story is completely and utterly forgotten when said aliens abduct Dr. Anrak and Gloria.
** The behind-the-scenes material on disc implies that this story was [[NoPunIntended heavily]] edited from the original treatment - apparently to the point where it just stops arbitrarily instead of ending.
*** In fact, much that went wrong with this film (particularly the inconsistent animation style, some poor writing in places, and sections that just stop or don't really make sense or were entirely left out like an intended link between Captain Sternn and B-17) can be seen as a combination of inexperience, poor planning, and just plain not enough time and money being spent on the project.
* WretchedHive: New York in "Harry Canyon", much like parts of it around 1980.
* WorldOfBuxom: Except for the young girl in the framing story, every major female character is at least big-breasted. Heck, the FemmeFatale in the ''Harry Canyon'' segment has breasts so large they're the ''last'' to vaporize.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Grade A with the girl in the Harry Canyon segment.
* ZombieApocalypse: The B-17 segment.

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