HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
The Freshman
Hear My Song
Hear My Song
Wild Wild West
Cure
Doraemon: Nobita and the Green Giant Legend
Locke the Superman
Psycho
Magic Flute, The
Top Secret
Ghost Punting
Hitman's Bodyguard, The
Touch, The
Akko's Secret
Backfire
Loving Vincent
Adventures of the Wilderness Family, The
Plot of Fear
Desperate Chase, The
Baskin
Time and Tide
X - Night of Vengeance
Bunny Drop
Acts of Vengeance
Asura: The City of Madness
In This Corner of the World
Dirty Pair: Project Eden
Pyewacket
Disaster Artist, The
God of Cookery, The
   
 
Newest Articles
Country and Irish - The secret history of Irish pop culture
Wash All This Scum Off the Streets: Vigilante Movies
Force the Issue: Star Wars' Tricky Middle Prequels and Sequels
Rediscovered: The Avengers - Tunnel of Fear on DVD
Sword Play: An Actor's Revenge vs Your Average Zatoichi Movie
Super Sleuths: The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes on DVD
Stop That, It's Silly: The Ends of Monty Python
They're All Messed Up: Night of the Living Dead vs Land of the Dead
The House, Black Magic and an Oily Maniac: 3 from 70s Weird Asia
80s Meet Cute: Something Wild vs Into the Night
Interview with The Unseen Director Gary Sinyor
Wrong Forgotten: Is Troll 2 Still a Thing?
Apocalypse 80s UK: Threads and When the Wind Blows
Movie Flop to Triumphant TV Revival: Twin Peaks and The League of Gentlemen
Driving Force: The Golden Age of American Car Chases
   
 
  Yor, The Hunter from the Future Muscled MessiahBuy this film here.
Year: 1983
Director: Antonio Margheriti
Stars: Reb Brown, Corinne Clery, John Steiner, Carole André, Luciano Pigozzi, Ayshe Gul, Aytekin Akkaya, Marina Rocchi, Sergio Nicolai, Ludovico Della Jojo
Genre: Trash, Science Fiction
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: A group of cavemen and women who apparently live in prehistoric times are celebrating, and to cement the mood of joy they all go hunting for food. Ka-Laa (Corinne Clery) and the older Pag (Luciano Pigozzi) find a small animal which would feed a few, but as they catch it a huge triceratops interrupts them and goes on the attack. Things are looking bleak for the duo when suddenly a hero appears and fends off the dinosaur, eventually killing it with a well-placed blow to the head with his axe. Kala and Pag are thankful, and bring this he-man - called Yor (Reb Brown) - back with them, but their euphoria is shortlived...

Here's a film that cannot make up its mind which is the better opus: Conan the Barbarian or Star Wars. In the end, it settles for a draw and the entertainment on offer here is half one and half the other, but you're not aware of the George Lucas influence until the final third. Yor is a man of mystery, you see, with not even him sure of where he has come from, but all will be revealed. In the meantime, there's what could kindly be termed the usual shenanigans with the blond-bewigged, musclebound lunk hacking and slaying his way through anonymous and costumed extras.

Yes, it's quest time once more and Roy, sorry, Yor plans to find a near-mythical castle, or, erm, an island as it turns out, to settle the question of his origin once for all. But before that he has to contend with, firstly, a group of hairier cavemen who take it upon themselves to kidnap the nice tribe that Ka-Laa and Pag belong to. Yor isn't having that, so he takes it upon himself to save them, but one thing you'll notice about this bloke is death, destruction and disaster follow in his wake. This is never clearer than when a flood not only wipes out the first group of bad guys, but all the decent tribe as well.

Well, all except Ka-Laa and Pag, after all Yor couldn't very well embark on his quest without cheerleaders. It looks as though our hero is going to be feeling the benefit of not one but two love interests when he meets another tribe led by a young woman, Roa (Ayshe Gul), who takes a liking to him: Ka-Laa is most put out by this and stages a three second catfight with the interloper, but soon, true to form, meeting Yor has ensured her demise. Episodic is a good word for this plot, with the barbarian striding into the midst of one group of people, seeing them most of them destroyed and blithely moving on.

So after making a hang glider out of a giant bat, and wondering what - what! - his medallion could possibly represent (might be nothing more than it was the early eighties and jewellery for men was the in thing) among other absurdities, the plot takes a left turn. You may have been pondering over the title, simply Il Mondo di Yor (or The World of Yor) in the original, and thinking that none of this is especially futuristic but abruptly your concerns are allayed when Yor and his pals get to the fortress of Overlord (John Steiner) and it all goes forward a few centuries in technology. This means robots, laser guns and a few Star Wars lifts as the bad guy's plans to create a new master race from Yor's mighty loins are put into effect. Sounds a bit queasy? Don't worry, it's simply laughable, and in its easy to watch manner fairly painless. Music by Guido De Angelis, Maurizio De Angelis and John Scott, including that memorably exultant theme song.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 2648 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

Antonio Margheriti  (1930 - 2002)

Italian writer and director who worked in a variety of genres throughout his career, although largely horror, science fiction and western. Some of his films include Castle of Blood, The Wild, Wild Planet, The Long Hair of Death, Take a Hard Ride, Killer Fish, Cannibal Apocalypse and Yor, Hunter from the Future.

 
Review Comments (2)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which film has the best theme song?
Spectre
The Ups and Downs of a Handyman
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
George White
Darren Jones
  Butch Elliot
Andrew Pragasam
Enoch Sneed
  Mark Scampion
  Frank Michaels
   

 

Last Updated: