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A Stone Age World (that never was), where dinosaurs & cavemen walk
the earth freely: After Yor (Reb Brown) has saved Ka-Laa (Corinne Clery)
& her mentor Pak (Alan Collins) from a giant reptile, he is invited to
come & live with their tribe ... but the tribe is annihilated only
minutes later by Ukan's rivalling tribe, & only Yor, Ka-Laa & Pak
survive ... but oh bugger, Ka-Laa is soon abducted by Ukan's men into
their cave, where she uis to become his concubine. Good thing though that
the deadly bird of the night flies by whom Yor shoots down from the skies
& uses him as paraglider to lower himself into Ukan's cave, to free
Ka-Laa & releasing a flood onto Ukan's cave ...
Yor, who is
searching for his origins, goes to the desert where he has heard of a
woman who is blond (like him) & wears the same medaillon as he does.
He finds her to be lovely Roa (Ayshe Gul), the goddess of a desert tribe
who worship a spaceship crew (?) frozen in ice (in the desert ?) that
gives the tribe just enough water to survive ... For some reason, Yor
starts a fight with the men of Roa's tribe, kills most of them & takes
her with him. She thanks him by promptly falling in love with him - &
he with her.
This all is of course much to the dismay of Ka-Laa, who
has since fallen in love with Yor as well, & soon the 2 women fight -
& would have contined until death, presumably, wouldn't Ukan have
showed up again, wanting to kidnap both of the girls ... ultimately of
course Yor can defeat, even kill Ukan, but unfortunately Roa dies in the
process as well.
Yor, Ka-Laa & Pak continue their voyage until they
reach the sea, & hook up with another tribe that seems to be at war
with some spaceships ... & soon enough the tribe's village is
evaporated by means of laser ...
Yor is given a boat by the suriving
villagers to go to a mysterious island where the spaceships are said to
come from & where the his own origins may lie.
Once on the island,
Yor is soon taken prisoner by its ruler, the mad scientist & conqueror
Overlord (John Steiner), who runs a highly sophisticated lab complete with
nuclear reactor here, & his android guards (which look conspicuously
like Darth Vader from those Star Wars flicks, himself a
shameless copy of Doctor
Who's Ice Warriors, only painted black), while
Pak & Ka-Laa throw in with the island's rebels.
yor soon learns
about his origins, that he was the son of some rebel spacemen, & that
his world (this world ?) was actually a once advanced civilisation bombed
back to the Stone Age by man's own madness. Soon Overlord captures Ka-Laa
too, & for some reason plans to brainwash & clone both her &
Yor, but this is when the rebels, who have (in absence) chosen Yor as
their leader, attack, free them both, turn off the androids & attach a
neat little timebomb to the local reactor. Then everybody, the rebels,
Yor, Ka-Laa & pak, make their escape in a spaceship, only Overlord
goes up in a bang.
Of course this one is stupid, silly as hell,
& neither acting nor costumes or special effects are really up to it,
& it's obviously a cheap cash-in on both Conan
the Barbarian & the Star Wars-movies ...
and yet it's such a charming piece of trash, full of wonderfully
cheesy costumes like fake leather bikinis & fur-boots, with a
simplistic yet over-the-top storyline & a loveable carelaessness in
blending genres (especially the stone age-, the barbarian- & the
sci-fi-genre) reminiscent of old serials. Another thing that might remind
of the old serials is the film's episodic structure, but that is rather
because it was originally conceived as a tv-miniseries (but to all my
knowledge never shown that way).
So I admit, it's not a great film in
the traditional sense, but it's great fun when watched with a couple of
beers & a bunch of friends (who should preferably also have a couple
of beers each).