Welcome back to 1 out of 5 – Would Recommend, where B-movie stars are Best Actor in a Leading Role. Today we’re hunting carnivorous triceratops with 1983’s Yor: The Hunter from the Future!
What’s The Plot?
Caveman hunter Yor travels the world to find answers about who he really is and where he comes from. The answers are out there but he’ll have to battle hungry dinosaurs, purple cave rapists, useless love interests, and evil robots to find them!
Who Made This Thing?
Some Italians. Who cares? The draw of this movie is its star, Reb Brown! Fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 will recognize him as
Blast HardCheese Crunch ButtSteak Dave Ryder from the classic episode riffing on Space Mutiny. Comic book fans who were kids in the 1970’s and/or who rented from Hollywood Video in the nineties might recognize him as Captain America from 1979’s Captain America and Captain America II: Death Too Soon. He a certified B-Movie action star, and his movies a hoot.
Five Reasons to See It
- Half naked cave people of both sexes provide eye candy no matter what your preference!
- Yor uses the corpse of a giant bat as a hang glider in one scene. Words simply cannot capture the majesty of this.
- The catchy, nigh-incomprehensible, slightly nonsensical theme song, sung by an unintentional Tommy Wiseau sound alike. Although…no one really knows what Tommy was doing in 1983, come to think of it.
- Yor wipes out every culture he comes into contact with leaving almost no survivors, including ones he intends to save, and usually by accident. He’s not the most effective hero ever committed to celluloid.
- “We will need a lot more hemp before we’re through.”
Yor, like most of Reb Brown’s oeuvre, is patently ridiculous and incredibly fun to watch. The primary love interest is utterly useless, the sidekick is a more effective savior than the hero, and the movie’s big twist is spoiled by the title – these aren’t ancient cave people, they’re future cave people. It’s a b-movie mess from start to finish, so it’s worth your time both solo or with friends. Also worth your time: internet comedian Noah “Spoony” Antwiler’s video review of the movie, which is a riot in and of itself. It’s about 20 minutes and not work safe, but Yor would never have ended up on this column’s radar without it.
NEXT WEEK: A loving-yet-bizarre tribute to 1970’s Tokusatsu, 2011’s Karate Robo Zaborgar!