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YMMV: Heavy Metal

The 1981 film:

  • Awesome Music: Sammy Hagar, Cheap Trick, Grand Funk Railroad, Blue Oyster Cult, Devo, Riggs, Black Sabbath, Don Felder...the list goes on. And that's saying nothing of the excellent orchestral score provided by Elmer Bernstein (unusually for the time, there was a separate score LP released alongside the song album).
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The Captain Sternn segment is a lot harder to watch in the wake of the Colonel Russell Williams trial.
    • The World Trade Center can be seen in the background of the Harry Canyon short.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The spaceship in "So Beautiful, So Dangerous" looks an awful lot like Kirby.
  • Hype Backlash: The film is a perennial Cult Classic, but popular opinion has been steadily turning against it in recent years. There is much more adult-oriented animation available today than there was in the 1980s, and now that Heavy Metal has finally received a video release and it's no longer immensely difficult to find, people end up disappointed with the writing and tone, and some are put off by the gratuitous gore & nudity. That said, most people still agree that the soundtrack kicks ass.
  • Love It or Hate It: Depending on your tastes, Heavy Metal is either a groundbreaking animation masterpiece on the cusp of the Renaissance Age, or it's a complete disaster stuck in the Dark Age.
  • MST3K Mantra: Since there were so many problems with production, the movie relies on the mantra a lot to make up for the plot holes and lack of continuity.
  • Nightmare Fuel: B-17. The shortest segment, but definitely the one that accomplishes its goal for the largest portion of the audience, and that goal is to be fucking terrifying. Whether it is the opening section where most of the bomber crew is killed in a difficult bombing run or the Zombie Apocalypse afterward is a matter of opinion.
  • They Just Didn't Care: For whatever reason, the final two scenes of "So Beautiful, So Dangerous" are hastily edited together in reverse order. In the final cut of the film, Gloria and the Robot get off the spaceship and walk onto one of the space station's escalatorsnote , followed by Zeke and Edsel landing the ship on the station. Once again, try not to think too hard about this.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Parodied in an episode of South Park that paid tribute to this movie when Kenny has various hallucination sequences that pay tribute to the movie, right down to the soundtrack.
  • The Woobie: The poor little girl in the bridge segments who watches her father be melted away into nothing before having to listen to the Loc-Nar share it's history of destruction, all the while being told she will meet the same fate.

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