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According to a prophecy, after the 1.000-year reign of the evil Spider, the
saviour Ator is born. The highpriest of the Spider (Dakkar) orders the kid
killed though, & it is only thanks to the mysterious Gribu (Edmund
Purdom) that he is saved from the Spider''s slaughtering soldiers & brought
to a peaceful village, where he is brought up by caring foster parents, &
once he has reached adulthood (& is now played by Miles O'Keefe), he is
preparing to marry his adopted sister Sonya (Ritza Brown). At the wedding
though, the evil army of the Spider - having spotted Gribu nearby - attacks
& destroys the village, killing everyone in sight but Sonya - whom they
abduct - & Ator himself - seems despite they were totally bent on
killing him, they were reather careless on making sure that he really is
dead (!?) ...
Gribu now makes himself known to Ator for the first time, & teraches him
the fine arts of fighting, at which Ator soon excels, & when Gribu sees him
rescuing the Amazon Ruun (Sabrina Siani) from quite a number of warriors he
knows his work is done & leaves Ator with the magic sword of Toran which he
shall use to kill the Spider ...
Ruun meanwhile shows little gratitude to Ator, rather claiming she didn't
need his help, & later even has him walk into a trap of her Amazon tribe,
where he is to be the prize of a ournament, having to inseminate the woman who
wins it & then be killed.
Of course, Ruun wins the tournament, but instead of having sex with him
& thenm killing him she helps him escape & decides to join forces with
him, wanting to get her hands on the treasure of the Spider.
Countless adventures await our heroic couple, including Ator almost being
seduced by an evil but beautiful witch (Laura Gemser), a passage through the
land of the living dead (which is rather an anti-climax, actually), & the
stealing of the shield of Mordor from the cave of the blind men, who only fight
by scent & sound. & if that was not enough, the shield itself has
some magic powers too, like a Shadow warrior emanating from its mirrorlike
surface that can only be stopped if the mirror is covered.
However, Ator & Ruun come out of all this unharmed & soon enter
the Temple of the Spider, wher they soon defeat the highpriest using the
shield, before Ruun promises Ator to cover his back while he wanders through
the temple's caves in search for Sonya - who he fights caught in a giant
spider's web ... but then Gribu also shows up, proving not the benevolent
mentor of Ator that he claimed to be after all but a former highpriest just
using Ator to reclaim his position ... but in stead he becomes entangled in the
spider's web Ator has just freed Sonya from & falls victim to the Spider.
With his shield & sword - both maggic, as mentioned - Ator then manages
to kill the Spider & is finally reunited with his lost love Sonya ... but
what of Ruun, you may ask - she was protecting Ator's back to the last &
was killed by the Spider's guards while doing so - rather convenient for Ator
as it is, since she now won'T stand in the way of his love no more ...
Like quite a number of films from Italy in the early 80's, this was made to
cash in on the success of Conan the Barbarian, but was üproduced on a
shoestring - which totally shows: the special effects are not so special, the
action is rather lame, the sets are unimpressive, the outdoor locations don't
exceed beyond the neighbouring forest & the 2 leads are notoriously
incompetent. However, at the same time, the movie has all the enchanting
qualities of a guilty pleasure, qualities that ensure Ator l'Invincibile
a place in trash heaven ... & the fluffy moonboots that Ator wears
thropughout the movie are a hoot all by themselves.
The non-qualities of this movie did however not stand in the way of
producing 2 sequels, Ator l'Invincibile II from the following year,
which offers more of the same, plus Ator paragliding (really), & the
outrageously if unintentionally funny semi-remake Ator l'Invincibile from
1990, that has to be seen to be believed.