Heavy Metal 2000, also known as F.A.K.K.², is a direct-to-video pseudo sequel to the highly popular 1981 big screen film Heavy Metal, which was based on a French pulp adult comic Métal Hurlant (later licensed and released in America as Heavy Metal).
The original film was an anthology of short stories linked through the use of the infamous green orb, Loc-Nar. Heavy Metal 2000 doesn’t follow that same format, instead telling a single, standalone story (it’s based on a graphic novel by Kevin Eastman of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame). However, it does make use of a mysterious green crystal…
Space miner Tyler, played by Michael Ironside (V, Total Recall), finds the crystal, which may be the key to a fountain of immortality, and its power turns him into a obsessed madman who kills most of his crew. He then embarks on a rampage through the small settlement of Eden, slaughtering its people in search of the fountain. Tyler’s actions draw the ire of future warrior Julie, played by Julie Strain (Fit to Kill, Dallas Connection). She decides to hunt down the man responsible for killing her people and eventually the two meet in a final confrontation.
Upon release, Strain modeled as her character for the film’s promotion and she often appears in character for signings at comic book stores and conventions.
Sadly, Heavy Metal 2000 didn’t garner the same sort of success that the original did, with many fans of the original hating it. However, it did have an impressive soundtrack, featuring Billy Idol (who also appears in the film), Pantera, Queens of the Stone Age, and more. The film also spawned action figures aplenty and a video game, Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.², released for home computers and featuring a story that picked up after the events of the movie.
I first saw the film when it came out on home video and I was amazed by how gripping the story was. I also enjoyed the great effects during the title sequence and the song “Buried Alive” by Billy Idol is one of my favourites. The film still holds its own today but it does lack in some of the creative aspects employed by the original. This is probably due to the original having utilized contributions from many hot writers and comedians of the time, plus a huge investment from legendary rock artists of the 70’s and 80’s.
While I did enjoy the story initially, it does share some similarities with the film Red Sonja from 1985, which also had an orb of power possessed by a mad sorceress and a revenge plot. I would have also liked to have seen the Loc-Nar return to serve as narrator like it did in the original.
Finally, here’s a special bonus: A photo of myself with Kevin Eastman.
I have been very passionate about writing reviews since 1997 and my inspiration of being a reviewer came from reading film magazines in 1995. My idols are Lucinda Dickey and Traci Lords. My other passions include making videos and also photography. I love touring conventions around England .