Ator, the Fighting Eagle
Reviewed by Gord Pratt
Rating: 8 Beans
tor must rescue Sunya and fulfill the prophecy by killing the huge monstrous animal that is the spider."
With a tagline like that, you *know* you're in for a good time!
Also known as ATOR, ATOR L'INVINCIBILE, or QUEST FOR THE MIGHTY SWORD. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Directed by Joe D'Amato, an Italian porno director (who has, according to the IMDB, 27 aliases), ATOR is the unintentionally hilarious tale of a land besieged by the evil Spider Clan. The Prophecy tells of a child who will be named Ator and how Ator will be the fall of the Spider Clan. Oh, and something about a volcanoe.
Baby Ator grows up into Baby Oil Ator, played by a very shiny Miles O'Keeffe (He played Tarzan to Bo Derek's Jane in the 1981 TARZAN). Ator has a love interest, of course, but it happens to be his sister (Eewww!). Oh, and he's adopted. So they get married, but the Spider Clan shows up at the last minute to kill everyone except Ator. Then they kidnap his sister/wife. The whole credo of the writers for this movies seems to be: "For No Good Reason"
Anyways, Ator trains and trains and trains and a week later goes off to get his sister/wife back. He joins up with a blonde bimbo who's constantly perfect hair rivals Ator's moptop for blondness and body.
There are no special effects in ATOR, save for a really heavy duty fog machine, a bunch of styrofoam rocks, and a big puppet spider that looks exactly like a big puppet spider. The entire film seems to have been shot at high noon, including the middle-of-the-night escape which is not hampered in the sightest by the bright daylight. ATOR's travels take him in and out of every cave in Italy, which is particularily ironic since the sequel was called CAVE DWELLERS and it hardly had any caves at all.
CAVE DWELLERS was a victim of MST3K, but FIGHTING EAGLE was not. For the best of both worlds and to achieve the fullest and most satisfying effect, I would suggest watching both videos in the same night. Good luck. May the Shield of Mordor protect you.
"The Earth trembled like a virgin pulled to the nuptial bed." -Evil Spider Guard
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