A Song Before Annihilation: YOR’S WORLD (Oliver Onions)
With a 35th anniversary blu-ray edition of the film due in a few months from Mill Creek, now seems as good a time as any to revisit this fun bit of cheeseball film scoring. Hailing from that bygone era where it seemed every movie had a theme song, Yor’s World is the irresistible work of prolific musician brothers Guido and Marizio De Angelis, better known as Oliver Onions, and touts the exploits of the brawny hero of Antonio Margheriti’s post-apocalyptic cave man epic Yor, The Hunter From the Future.
Released through Columbia in 1983 and a staple of video store sci-fi and fantasy shelves for more than a decade thereafter, Yor stars Reb Brown (Robowar, Space Mutiny) as a blond-wigged future-barbarian who slays dinosaurs, hang-glides by way of a giant bat, and saves the world from the evil-minded technocrat Overlord (John Steiner, Sinbad of the Seven Seas), all while trying to unlock the secrets of his own ill-remembered past. Though John Scott (The People that Time Forgot) composed most of the film’s incidental score, it’s Oliver Onions’ Queen-inflected contribution that sticks in most fan memories.
Yor’s World is available on Oliver Onions’ Flying Through the Air, which is up for digital purchase through Amazon and others, as well as on the expanded soundtrack CD for the film. Yor, the Hunter From the Future is due on Blu-ray from Mill Creek in January.