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Ator, the Fighting Eagle
He was born to wield the mighty sword of Thoren.
The son of Torren learns of his heritage, goes to avenge the deaths of his fellow villagers, and rescue his sister/love interest from the evil Dakkar and his spider cult. Ator battles giant spiders, swordsmen cloaked in shadow, re-animated dead warriors, and horribly hideous witches.
Ator is essentially a Conan The Barbarian rip-off (even mimicking that film's villains), but bafflingly dull and devoid of the violence and sexy bits that are integral to that formula. Some movies are so bad they're good, but this one couldn't close that gap for me. It's just an appallingly bad movie.
Thankfully there are a few unintended laughs during some cheesier moments, and I did like one weird little flourish in particular: For reasons I can't fathom, the filmmakers decided Ator should accompanied by an adorable baby bear cub on his trek, and that bit of nonsense added some memorable levity.
"Conan the Barbarian" inspired a lot of cash-ins, but none had the remarkable staying power of the Ator series. They must have been a tax write-off or money-laundering scheme because there can't have been a demand for the infernal things.
This first installment is just a hodgepodge of random encounters culminating in a stabbing. Entertaining solely for the purposes of mockery.
Von der Story her ist “Ator – Der Barbar” alles andere als ein anspruchsvoller Film und auch Hauptdarsteller Miles O’Keeffe spielt nicht gerade überzeugend. Irgendwie hat dieser Film aber dennoch Charme. Ob es nun das absolut trashige Finale ist oder auch die oft unfreiwillig komisch wirkenden Dialoge. Zumindest wenn man sich mit “billigen” Produktionen anfreunden kann, wird “Ator – Der Barbar” zu einem großen Spaß! Für mich zumindest ist dieser Film eine Trashperle.
Ator: "I love you, why don't we marry?"
Girl: "But Ator, we are brother and sister!"
Ator is unimpressed.
"Rule number two: SUPRISE!"
Ator was just captured by amazons to be their sex slave. He escaped, only to be captured by a witch....to be her sex slave.
Allright, one hour after we have been told, Ator finally knows of his destiny. Can the movie start now?
Here we go, the first big challenge on the heros journey! It is...half a dozen blind guys stumbling around in a cave randomly flailing their sword. Brilliant.
No its okay, just shine that light right into my face.
Always good to have a closing credit song that has nothing to do with the movie at all. Also not necessary to get someone who can actually sing.
3rd rate Conan the Barbarian ripoff
Mein bester DVD-Blindkauf der letzten Zeit war die "Barbarenbox". Vier trashige, italienische Fantasystreifen aus den frügen 80ern in einem Set, wer kann da widerstehen? Es wurden ein paar Freunde und Knabberzeug im Wohnzimmer platziert und das Spektakal konnte beginnen!
Joe D'Amatos "Ator" erzählt die Geschichte einer Prophezeiung: Ator, der Sohn Taurens, ist auserwählt, das Land von der brutalen Herrschafts des Spinnenkults zu befreien. Damit auch bitte jedem klar wird, welches Tier dort angebetet wird, sieht man den bösen Chef-Kultisten liebevoll mit Vogelspinnen hantieren. Und auch ansonsten können die Tiere in diesem Film mehr überzeugen als die menschlichen Darsteller. Ators treuer Begleiter ist ein kleiner Bär, der wie ein Schwein grunzt. Und natürlich gibt es auch eine Amazone! Im Vergleich zu…
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A pretty bad but darned entertaining CONAN ripoff from Joe D'Amato about a poofy haired, easily-bamboozled hero trying to get back the kidnapped love of his life. She also happens to be his sister (He's adopted, but it's still incredibly weird). As bad as this film is, this film manages to be far more enjoyable than a higher budgeted CONAN ripoff like KULL THE CONQUERER or THE SCORPION KING. And Ator's baby bear sidekick is just adorable.
Ator, a chosen warrior with a destiny not yet revealed to him, seeks out revenge on the High Priest of the Spider who has kidnapped his sister-then not sister-then bride and turned his village upside down. Along the way, he gets assistance from a rogue Amazonian warrior princess Roon and his skunk-bear cub fighting against evil enemies and witches to the Kingdom of the Spider.
This Joe D'Amato directed sword and sorcery epic is thin on plot and sensical dialogue, heavy on the themes of incest (she's not his sister parents-wise, but he was adopted...), but where it really excels is transporting the viewer into the world of Ator. If you can get past the hammy acting and dubbing, Ator's…
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