YOR: The Hunter From Future: 35th Anniversary Edition
review by Bobby Blakey
Growing up I loved all of the sword and sorcery films that spawned out of the popularity of Conan the Barbarian. It seemed like a new one was out all the time with some being a bit more full of cheese than others. Now Mill Creek is bringing one of those more popular but obscure one home with the 1983 film Yor: The Hunter From The Future starring Reb Brown, Corrine Clery, Luciano Pigozzi, and John Steiner from director Antonio Margheriti.
Yor: The Hunter From The Future follows Yor who is the mightiest warrior of his era where strange, savage beasts roam the earth, foraging for human flesh, fierce tribesmen prey on the weak and innocent and mystic sacrifices appease the gods. But his own past and true identity are shrouded in the mists of time. He knows he doesn't belong in this world, but his only clues to the fleeting memories of his past are the gold medallion around his neck and the beautiful priestess held prisoner in a forbidden city. Armed to the teeth, Yor sets off on a quest, ready to blast away all manner of terrifying creatures along the way. This Italian-French-Turkish production was based on the Argentinian comic Yor the Hunter and managed to be pretty successful at the time despite its pretty silly nature. There are numerous cuts of the film with the shortest being release in the states.
From the moment the film starts you can tell there was slim to no budget, but they made the most of it. From getting to fight a full sized practical effect triceratops to flying in on a pterodactyl this film delivers so much fun and silliness you can’t help but have a great time. What I love most about it is that it is trying its hardest to be serious making it a film that works way better than it should with the overall silly look and nature of it all. There is a pretty entertaining love triangle happening too that makes little to no sense most of the time, but makes for even more fun and fights.
Part of the charm of this film is that it blends both the fantasy and science fiction genres together for something that walks the line as both. Sure the costumes are silly complete with the glittery silver space suits and Darth Vader rip off helmets, but it was the 80s so you let it go. I love this silly movie if for nothing else than the nostalgia of the child me marveling at all that this film crammed in. In addition to the film this release includes the trailer and all-new commentary from Yor himself Reb Brown. Grab your copy of Yor: The Hunter From the Future 35th Aniversary Edition available now on Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment.