Heavy Metal (1981) (part 9 of 9)

On the surface, the Tarakian’s bird (hey, it’s their term, and easier to type) is being wrangled into position to be shot. We watch through the scope of the harpoon gun as the bird pulls to the side at the last second, causing one of the green guys to get shot instead. The bird then flies off, dragging two other guys along with it, until they bang into a pipe. I’m telling you, this segment would have kicked ass if it was supposed to be funny.

Caption contributed by Ryan

”Message for you, sir.”

The bird flies down to the Tarakian, just as she finishes putting her “clothes” back on. Why did they give her those back, again? It’s not like seeing her nude for the rest of the story would have been any more demeaning than what we’ve already seen.

The leader sees her escaping, and orders “the bats” after her. Again, their term, and easier to type, so I’ll be using it, thank you.

The green guys on bats keep shooting arrows, and eventually they hit the bird in the neck. This makes it instantly drop into a canyon, hitting the side for good measure. Once again, not that impressed with the Tarakian as our big hero. On the ground now, the Tarakian pulls the arrow out and hugs the bird for a bit, then acts completely surprised to see the green guys lining up along the canyon walls. What did she expect them to do once she went down?

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Ryan Lohner

Ryan lives in Sparta, New Jersey, a quaint little burg without much for kids to do except go to the movies. Thus began a lifelong love affair, as even back then he grew to love examining why a film worked, or didn't. He is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, and currently studying for a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science. His hobbies include running, piano, and annoying people with that damn lowercase forum user name.

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  • Elfshotthefood

    I remember seeing this on cable a little while before it debuted on home video. I had always wanted to see the movie, so I was looking forward to it. Outside of a couple of sequences, the movie was a letdown; certainly not as good as all the hype might have had one believe.

    Another thing worth mentioning is the soundtrack album: I remember it as being quite expensive; a local music store was selling it for something like $30. I traded a bunch of old CDs for it. There are some good songs on the album, but no one will ever consider Stevie Nicks and Devo to be “Heavy Metal.”

    • 101

      The title of the film “Heavy Metal” doesn’t mean the music is, it’s based off a magazine called Heavy Metal… good god, the morons that come to these places…

  • Heavy metal the movie sucks ass
    Heavy metal the original soundtrack kicks ass
    Here’s a fun drinking game you all can play at home: try to name as many bad movies as you can that have great soundtracks and every time there’s a debate, take a shot.

    • 101

      Another dumb pathetic little teen or 20 or year (god help you if your older than that) of this generation that just rants…

      • Brian Gibson

        Yes, i can tell the difference. One of the characters is a human male the other obviously not.

  • Matt

    You do realize that the bar was too late and wasn’t in position in time? Had it actually been in place in time it would have held them for a bit longer.

  • Francesco Romani

    Non sarà un capolavoro ed è piuttosto altalenante, ma alcuni episodi come “Den”, “B-17” e “Taarna” sono proprio belli, “Captain Sternn” è divertente ed ironico, simpatico “So Beautiful” anche se piuttosto scemo. L’ unico poco riuscito è “Harry Canyon”.
    Articolo un po internet-style! XD Conta più la forma che il contenuto! XD
    Sono d’ accordo sulle donne nude nei cartoni animati e nei fumetti! XD

  • Deecks

    In the original Wrightson story, the Captain Sternn story actually made sense; there was no green ball and Sternn doesn’t kill Fiste, so the implication is that he was actually paying Fiste off to help him escape (the Hulk powers are seemingly just something Fiste can do, rather than anything the green ball did).