|WARNER ARCHIVES INTRODUCE YOR, THE HUNTER FROM THE FUTURE TO THE DIGITAL AGE
||[Sep. 21st, 2011|02:37 am]
My mom took me to see YOR, THE HUNTER FROM THE FUTURE in a theater when I was a very wee lad. To say it left a lasting impression would be an understatement. This isn’t one of those movies you see as a little kid and look back upon as it being better than it actually was. ***GOONIES*** I knew YOR was primo schlock when I was a little kid and nothing has changed since. Even my underdeveloped mind knew YOR was terrible, but it was the great kind of terrible, the hysterical kind of terrible you rarely come across these days.
Reb Brown looking like FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH’s Spicoli running around prehistoric times in a furry boots and a loin cloth seeking the truth about his heritage by battling tribes of Sasquatchian cave cannibals and Hitler Youth extraterrestrials dressed like extras from Buck Rogers living on the island of Atlantis ruled by a goateed madman in a black cloak called The Overlord who dies in the end after Yor impales him with a giant candy cane.
People always talk about how Hollywood should remake bad movies with all the elements needed for a good movie instead of redoing great movies or even classic movies. YOR, THE HUNTER FROM THE FUTURE is precisely the kind of movie Hollywood should be remaking. You got cavemen, spacemen, dinosaurs, spaceships, laser guns, dark magic, Dark Helmet look-a-like androids, and a hero who comes swooping in to the rescue hang-gliding on a pterodactyl.
What more could any of you ever ask for in a film?
How about one of the greatest bad movie theme songs of all time? “Yor’s World”: the nearly indescribable, and to a certain extent, nearly indecipherable Euro-Turkish rock anthem that constantly heralds Yor’s triumph throughout the film in ways typically reserved for a b-movie soundtrack composed by Queen. What modern band could do justice to this song if ever there were a remake? Muse, perhaps? I’m drawing a blank.
YOR, THE HUNTER FROM THE FUTURE is one of those movies that probably would have never been given any kind of legit DVD release if not for the movie studios now offering up special DVDs on-demand. We can thank the Warner Archives for giving Yor his long overdue. Even if they are only offering it in a full frame format and not offering the other 90+ minutes of the Italian TV miniseries from which it was cobbled together, this newly remastered print has to be the most pristine print of the movie to ever be made available, at least until the day finally comes that Hollywood greenlights a remake starring Justin Bieber.
You can order your YOR from the Warner Archives by CLICKING HERE. The best $20 you'll spend this week.