This review is from: Ator [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
The prophecy states that one day Ator, the son of Turin will finally end the 1000 years of terror spread by the spider king. Ator however is saved at birth by Griba and sent to live in a small peaceful village but when he grows up and is about to marry Sunya who he thought was his sister, they are attacked by the soldiers of the spider king and Sunya is taken prisoner, so he sets off on a quest of vengeance with the help of Amazonian warrior Roon and his pet bear cub Keog.
This is prohaps the most famous Italian rip-off of Conan and with it been directed by the infamous Joe D'Amato you would have thought it would be full of naked women and gruesome violence but it actually has neither and is probaly worthy of a PG rating.
Miles O'Keefe is a average hero who lacks the physical presence of other actors of the genre such as Sam Pasco and the Paul twins (from the Barbarians). Dakar makes for a poor villain who in every scene he is in, has tarantulas crawling all over and I actually found him unintentionally funny in some parts. There is a supporting role from future Sword and Sorcery star Sabrina Siani as Roon and Exploitation regular Laura Gemser as a evil temptress but the best performance is that of the cute bear cub Keog.
There is a decent amount of fight scenes which are in some cases poorly choreographed and others are quite well done such as the village massacre at the beginning. During Ator's adventures he is involved in a mixture of dilemmas, in one case he is captured and has to watch a band of Amazon women fight for the right to sleep with him so they can produce an heir to their kingdom, in another part he is attacked by a pointless band of zombie warriors and in the final he takes on a large spider.
Carlo Maria Cordio composes the dramatic and powerful score which makes the film seem better than what it is in certain sequences.
Overall a average film that anyone who isn't fans of Italian genre films will find terrible. This was followed by three sequels. The second and fourth movies were also directed by Joe D'Amato.