Ator: The Fighting Eagle (1982)

Ator, the Fighting Eagle (1982) 1h 38min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 11 March 1983 (USA) Summary: The son of Torren learns of his heritage, goes to avenge the deaths of his fellow villagers, and rescue his sister from the evil Dakkar and his spider cult.
Countries: ItalyLanguages: Italian

Ator: The Fighting Eagle.

So, let’s start with the basics. This movie poster is actually 100% accurate, although looking at IMDb I can also see there were some that were utter lies based on trying to make this look like a Conan movie. Which, I hasten to add, this is not.

At no point in this movie is the hero, Ator, referred to as the fighting eagle. Not once. Technically, he’s the son of (possibly) a god represented by a giant eagle statue. Tentative. Very tentative.

Anyway, the plot. Ator is a child of prophecy, who will, it is foretold, overthrown the spider king who has ruled for a thousand years. So of course the spider king immediately sends troops to kill the baby, because—hang on, wait a minute! If the king believes in prophecy, why does he do this? If it’s PROPHECY it’s going to happen NO MATTER WHAT HE DOES OR DOES NOT DO. D’uh!

The spider king is a Black character. He is the only Black person (I think) in the movie. Also the villain. Really, movie?

So plot happens and Ator is hidden from the evil gaze by some talcum powder, and given to some other people to raise alongside their own daughter. Flash forward about twenty years and Ator is desperate to marry his sister. Wait. What?! But it’s ok because he’s adopted. To the marriage!

This would be sweet if they hadn’t been raised as actual siblings…

Luckily, for us at any rate, the ceremony is interrupted before the consummation. The evil spider king steals his adopted-sister-wife and Ator sets out to rescue her. After some training montages of indeterminate length, some cut-price live action roleplay scenes, and a fight in a bar started by his new blonde companion, that is. She at least can have the tag of strong female character even if the script does make her pointlessly pine over Ator until literally her dying breath.

Crikey.

This movie is terrible. It’s in the same bracket of movie as Hawk the Slayer in my mind. No, I couldn’t tell you which of the two is better. Just no. Maybe Hawk the Slayer because at least that wasn’t a hasty cash in? We only watched this because our friends and constant companions at MST3K did.

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