The new Shudder series Blood Machines has been on Heavy Metal’s radar for awhile — perhaps because everyone sees the spirit of Heavy Metal and Metal Hurlant in it:
“We’ve got a crazy new trailer for you to watch for an awesome looking Heavy Metal style sci-fi space opera called Blood Machines.” —GeekTyrant
“The lead ship’s AI looks like the robot from Metropolis mixed with a tribal fertility doll. If Nicholas Winding Refn directed a big-budget Heavy Metal movie, it might look something like this.” —The Spool
“Blood Machines‘ real strength lies in its cinematic realization of Metal Hurlant‘s sex and spaceships visual aesthetics.” —BeyondChron
“Let me tell you something – if we *ever* get a Heavy Metal 2.0 reboot in anthology format, [Blood Machines directors] Hernandez and Joly-Gonfard better get the call.” —Slashfilm
Ok, so our ears have been burning all this time, and it’s good to finally see the thing. You’ll have to sign up for Shudder to witness it yourself, but in the meantime here are three trailers:
So… how is it? Visually, it’s stunning — these filmmakers push us into sensory overload early, and don’t let up. The plot is a little hard to follow, although some of the early head-scratchers are wrapped up by the end. It’s sexy, and we wouldn’t be Heavy Metal if we didn’t approve of the artistically-deployed gratuitous nudity. And it’s the kind of clip that portends brilliance to follow. You won’t regret watching it — we sure don’t.