Yor, the Hunter from the Future

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Yor, the Hunter from the Future
Yor, the Hunter from the Future (movie poster).jpg
Movie poster for Yor, the Hunter from the Future
Directed by Antonio Margheriti
(as Anthony M. Dawson)
Produced by Michele Marsala
Written by Ray Collins
Juan Zanotto (graphic novel "Henga, el cazador")
Robert D. Bailey
Anthony M. Dawson (screenplay)
Starring
Music by Guido De Angelis
Maurizio De Angelis
John Scott
Cinematography Marcello Masciocchi
Edited by Alberto Moriani
Giorgio Serrallonga
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • 19 August 1983 (1983-08-19) (U.S.)
Running time
88 min
Country Italy
France
Turkey
Language English
Budget Unknown
Box office $2,810,199 (USA)

Yor, the Hunter From The Future is a film released in 1983. It was directed by the Italian B-movie director Antonio Margheriti (also known as Anthony M. Dawson) and stars Reb Brown, and was pieced together from a four-part science fiction miniseries shown on Italian television.[1][2]

The film is based on the Argentine comic Yor the hunter (Henga, el cazador) by Juan Zanotto and Ray Collins. The setting is a mixture between the prehistoric and the futuristic, borrowing elements from numerous popular franchises of the time. It has been released on DVD in Germany.

The film is listed in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book The Official Razzie Movie Guide as one of the 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made. It was also nominated for three 1983 Golden Raspberry Awards: Worst New Star (Reb Brown), Worst Musical Score and Worst Original Song ("Yor's World").

Synopsis[edit]

The movie opens with Yor jogging around the stone towers of Cappadocia, Turkey while a rock ballad plays in the background. In a nearby village, Kala, a seemingly primitive cave-woman, and her older protector Pag are hunting. Suddenly, they are attacked by a Stego-Ceratops. Yor appears suddenly and kills the dinosaur with his axe, drinking some of its blood immediately afterwards. Yor is befriended by the village and together they cut the choice meats to be feasted upon in celebration.

While Yor is there, a band of cavemen with bluish skin attack the village. Only Yor and Pag escape. Yor immediately swears to get Kala back. Yor and Pag track the blue cavemen to their lair where Yor shoots a giant bat with his bow and arrow. He uses the dead bat like a hang glider to storm the lair and starts flooding sections of the cave, the diversion helping his escape out the back with Kala. The flood kills everyone inside the cave, including the other kidnapped villagers (who had been locked in cages) as well as the blue cavemen.

Kala and Pag decide to follow Yor in his adventure to find his origins. Along the way, they find a mysterious society of sand mummies led by a blonde woman with an amulet similar to Yor's. Yor proceeds to kill everyone except the blonde woman, deciding that she will be important for their journey. Kala tries to kill the blonde woman, but they are both suddenly attacked by more blue cavemen. Yor and Pag come to the rescue but a caveman hits the blonde woman and she dies in Yor's arms.

Yor, Pag and Kala make friends with another tribe after saving some children from a dinosaur, but this tribe is killed by (unseen) flying saucers shooting lasers. Yor and company use a boat to make their way to an island surrounded by storms. There Yor discovers that his parents were from a small band of nuclear holocaust survivors, revealing the "twist" that Yor's world is actually Earth after a nuclear holocaust, the radiation from this war apparently having somehow resurrected dinosaurs. An evil man called the Overlord has taken control of the remaining nuclear technology with his android army.

Yor finds allies in a group of rebels led by the scientist, Ena and the mysterious blind Elder, who have been plotting to overthrow him for years. Yor and the rebels join forces and attack the Overlord and his androids. Ena leads them to the fortress' atomic stockpile, where they plant explosives powerful enough to destroy it and the fortress. The Elder remains behinds and slowly deactivates the android army, buying time for the others to escape. The Overlord pursues them in an attempt to stop the stockpile's destruction and briefly engages Yor in combat, overwhelming him temporarily. As the Overlord enters a nearby elevator, Yor grabs a nearby pole and hurls it through the window, impaling the villain. Mortally wounded, the Overload struggles onward toward the stockpile as Yor and Ena continue to lead the others to safety. Pag orders them to keep going while he fends off the androids, but loses his weapon and ends up getting cornered by them. Ena and the rebels quickly rush to his aid, but just as the androids are about kill Pag, the Elder deactivates them as well. The group quickly boards one of the Overlord's ships just as the Overlord himself reaches the stockpile control room. But before he can stop the bomb, it explodes and he succumbs to his injuries and slowly dies. At the same moment, the Overlord's spacecraft, carrying Yor, Kala, Pag and the rebels flies out of the hangar to safety, while the Overlord's facility explodes behind them. As the movie ends and the ship flies off into the distance, the narrator intones: "...Yor returns to the primitive tribes on the mainland. He is determined to use his superior knowledge to prevent them making the same mistakes as their forefathers. Will he succeed?"

Cast[edit]

Home media[edit]

A remastered expanded Yor, the Hunter from the Future soundtrack CD on the BSX label was released in 2011.

A Region 1 remastered widescreen DVD from Sony on-demand was released on September 6, 2011.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maslin, Janet (1983-08-21). "'Yor, The Hunter,' With A Cave Man Hero". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Maçek III, J.C. (2007). "Yor, the Hunter from the Future". WorldsGreatestCritic.com. 

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