Gimme Something To Watch: Metalhead

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You are a young woman living in a small Icelandic town. You have a kinship with your metal-loving older brother. What are you to do after his tragic and unexpected death? You carry the flame of metal for him.

Admittedly, this is more of a “Gimme Something To Look Forward To” since Metalhead (aka Málmhaus in its native Icelandic) hit the festival circuit two years ago and is currently, finally, making its way through several US screenings. And despite my ridiculous introduction, this is not a self-aware fist-pumping metalhead lifestyle parody (à la Fubar), nor is it yet another look at the clandestine world of black metal (à la Until the Light Takes Us). Metalhead is a a moody, sparse drama about a young woman struggling to grieve with the loss of a sibling in an insular rural community, shot against the chilly emptiness of the Icelandic landscape.

Directed by Ragnar Bragason and starring Thora Bjorg Helga (also billed as as Þorbjörg Helga Þorgilsdóttir for umlaut credibility), Metalhead has plenty of full reviews available online, so if you’re looking for a more detailed look at the plot of the film, go check those out. One source has the release date listed as March 20th. Another says April 3rd. Much like the titular breed of metalhead for which the film is named, it prefers to stay in the shadows and not give out too much information about itself lest people get too close to it. Just keep your eyeballs peeled if you’re looking to catch a screening or pick it up on iTunes or VOD.

Finally, here’s a scene I’m sure most of us will immediately relate to even without context, as the main character unveils her frostbitten musical intentions to a roomful of disapproving elder folk.

For more info & updates on Metalhead, check out its Facebook page. \m/

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  • Tyree

    Rated G.

  • Tyree

    Iceland you say ay. Some good evil shit from over there.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiRqO6U9BDo

  • tertius_decimus

    WARNING! Spoiler alert.

    WARNING! Spoiler alert.

    WARNING! Spoiler alert.

    This is good movie. This is very good movie. But it’s not a movie about metal, rather about female person with deep problems with society. Everyone in his years of youth been there. Given the background she were into, she could have been either photomodel/car fan/painter/sculptor/biologist/whatever and whoever. Music has nothing to do with the person in the movie. So, half flush, sorry. Dig the actress, though.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      That’s why I wrote those words I wrote up there.

    • EsusMoose

      I didn’t read what you have to say but It took all three spoiler alerts for me to recognize what you were saying. Hopefully I can see this soon so I can read this and not feel like a shit

      • tertius_decimus

        Just don’t expect miracles.

        • EsusMoose

          I don’t expect much out of most films but I’ll keep it in mind

    • CT-12

      Thank you for the warning!

  • Sir Tapir the Based

    I thought Iceland only has Sigur Ros and volcanoes.

  • Edward/Breegrodamus

    Until The Light Takes Us was pretty trill.

    In somewhat related / unrelated news, my bff who is 34 years old and not really a fan of metal texted me on Saturday after watching that Noisey black metal doc. He was like “do you listen to Leviathan? This is pretty good”. I was way more excited than a person should be upon hearing such small news.

    • Tyree
    • CyberneticOrganism

      I couldn’t make it through UTLTU, it felt pretentious & pointless.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        Really? If I recall correctly it was pretty short (90 minutes? I didn’t look it up).

        • Enema For The Free World

          You too, check my answer to Robbit

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            ✔ed it.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        For those not in the know, it’s something to check out.

      • Enema For The Free World

        Check out Gehennan Loputon Liekki, even if the audio is in Finnish it’s texted. Pretty fucking entertaining, a few total Lolbuttz moments, but mostly gold.

        • Sir Tapir the Based

          Vittu mä vihaan punkkia!
          It’s so durn good!

          • Enema For The Free World

            Tervetuloa sissään ,Kahveja en sitte vittu keitä!
            Easily on my favorite music documentaries/movies.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            If you’re gonna quote it, quote it right!

          • Enema For The Free World

            It’s been so long I don’t recall no exact wordings!

        • CyberneticOrganism

          I saw Trollhorn mention that once; been meaning to check it out.

          • Enema For The Free World

            It does definitely make the Finnish BM scene look awfully horrible, but I think it’s way better than any other films mentioned here.

      • For someone like me who does not listen to black metal, i enjoyed it. Especially the fact that the genre’s roots were influenced by punk rock in the begining and that it had less to do with being evil and more to do with rebelling against Christianity.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          I always liked that too, the idea that punk & black metal started from a very similar mindset.

      • CT-12

        I liked that it gave guys room to talk directly and explain themselves instead of having their words twisted around. Seemed very unbiased, which isn’t typically how that scene has been talked about.

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        Would you say it was shallow and pedantic?

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Nah

    • Farty McPoopyCoalRoll

      Until The Light Takes Us was decent, but goddamn the whole story of the Norwegian black metal scene and all that happened has been driven into the fucking ground.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        I will agree with you there. People / writers / bloggers / fans have been talking about the same shit for more than twenty years, up until it seems the last couple when it finally fell out of vogue and now we live in a post-Sunbather era (I’m using that for a mini-review, watch for it lol)

        • For folks that don’t know about it (people that don’t follow metal), it’s pretty damn interesting.

          • Personally, I still think it is still pretty interesting.

    • Dagon

      I wish I could find some more like minded individuals musically to talk to in person.

      And by like minded I don’t mean someone who likes the same stuff I do, just someone who fills their time with music as much as I do. All my friends who did have already moved out.

    • That’s pretty awesome. The Noisey documentary is pretty good as well.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        Laughably I haven’t watched it yet.

  • I will definitely try to see this. Hopefully I can pick it up on iTunes. Looks decent!

  • JamesGrimm
    • tertius_decimus

      Bass line is crazy (as always with Dysrhythmia).

      • JamesGrimm

        good stuff.
        wild and chaotic. I love it.

  • Farty McPoopyCoalRoll

    Hopefully the movie itself is better than those two songs.

  • I want to see this, I imagine it will probably pop up on Netflix at some point.

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    mysterious power of women in cinema–as blasphemy reverses itself–into alternate universe—beyond the misguided intent of it’s secretly misogynist /state employed “producers”

    a very special occurrence—truth—-and the revealing of the goddess of war

    both at once–full vol
    https://youtu.be/LQYqgKTJmBQ

    https://youtu.be/UUBwognTvN4

    • Chicken Tender Gulag O Love

      Jet fuel can’t melt Bjork.

  • Tyree

    That crowd is like the crowd we played in front of downtown Penn State. Except with more awful people.

  • Stockhausen

    This movie has a lot of feelings. Dank feelings.

    • Have you seen it?

      • Stockhausen

        I have not, that was my assessment from the show scene. I’m looking forward to seeing it when I can though.

  • Dagon

    I want to watch this a lot.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
    • Tyree

      That’s the stuff. What are your thoughts on Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt? Did you like it?

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        The production was terribly stale, which ruined the whole listen to me.

        • Tyree

          I honestly have not listened to the whole thing. But, I do agree with you on the production.

          • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

            The new album Instinctus Bestialis is coming out in June (after a fuckload of delaying). Interested to hear it.

          • Tyree

            Same.

  • JWG

    There are a whole lot of short and long films still doing festival runs that prevent me from seeing them unless I either (a) attend the festivals or (b) happen to catch them crowd-funding and offering a secure digital download version (usually hosted by vimeo, although I suspect that’s coincidence).

    I will look for this, though (any idea if it will be available on Netflix in the foreign film category?). I hope it’s okay if I skip one GSTW. I only just caught up on Ravenous, as per my Tweet last night:

    https://twitter.com/JWEG79/status/578396885330759680

    • JWG

      Alright. No idea why it’s not showing up. That’s the direct URL, too. So I guess I can’t even post that so you can click it. So that I’m not just wasting another post that won’t get upvoted, a few additional thoughts on the Tweet you probably can’t see either:

      – I totally hijacked the #GSTW hashtag from what appear to be wine snobs and socialites
      – Scream Factory is an awesome source of cult horror. No exaggeration when I say I’d like to own them all
      – I was planning to make a beef stew tonight, but I last night changed my mind…

      • CT-12

        The image is popping up for me hahaha, can’t believe GSTW is a wine hastag hahaha. I’ll have to check out Scream Factory, never heard of em. Also, you better get up to date, cause I just got started on a new GSTW yesterday!

        • JWG

          It is now. Typical technology. Once I give in trying to make it work, it does so on its own.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          I just submitted another one today as well. #GSTW2015

          • CT-12

            Shit’s getting real….

  • I’ll have to give it a watch. I somewhat enjoyed Until the Light Takes Us but it felt like everyone involved in it was miserable while making it. Perhaps that is what it was going for but it totally killed my life loving mood that day.

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    1st vid 3/4 vol—2nd vid full vol–3rd vid full vol
    all at once
    https://youtu.be/bpQhoiedi2Q

    https://youtu.be/XoCKGvVlNYM

    https://youtu.be/EYzfTdIZoP0

  • CT-12

    I’ve heard of this movie, but haven’t seen it; I’ll definitely have to check it out whenever my main rental store gets it. Good short and sweet review, thanks for keeping GSTW alive Cybernetic Organism!

    • CyberneticOrganism

      (◕‿◕✿)

  • Cory John William Kamermans

    Until the Light Takes Us was hipster drivel.

    • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

      Yes, of course. I forgot. Fenriz and Varg just scream hipster.

      Psssssh.

      • Cory John William Kamermans

        No not Varg and Fenriz, the producers.

    • Fenriz

      Hipster drivel (i.e. a well done documentary film).

      • Cory John William Kamermans

        The only good part about it was Fenriz’s looks of “Why the fuck did i come here?” and when he said “so, are we done?” and how he just walked around quietly expressionless at that Black Metal Art Show.

  • Alex P.

    I tried to watch this and I really fucking hated it. I had heard plenty of good things from you guys and typically enjoy most recommended film and music, and ultimately went into it without any expectation or much understanding of the plot, which is how I prefer to enjoy film. I felt like it exemplified in a petty fashion many of the (very much negative) stereotypes of “metalheads” frequently portrayed by media outlets and essentially made the girl out to be disturbed if not mentally challenged- how else would she enjoy something so esoteric as IRON MAIDEN? WOAH! Must be the devil at work in this one!

  • Óðhinn

    I think I’ll watch this next:

    https://www.fandor.com/films/fix/player