A team of scientists are trying to raise a sunken Russian nuclear submarine off the coast of Miami, Florida. When finding an ancient relic from the sea they bring in an expert to make some sense of it. But, while attempting to raise the sub, radioactive leakage from its missles triggers the re-emergence of Atlantis, and the resulting tidal wave destroys the platform and leaves only a small group of survivors. They are rescued by two Vietnamvets-turned-heavies, Mike Ross (Christopher Connelly) and Washington (Tony King) relaxing after their latest job on their boat, which eventually runs aground on a Carribean island nearby. When entering the island, Mike and the others discover that everything has been destroyed and everybody has been killed. The culprits, a vicious group of well-armed raiders called “Interceptors”, and their leader, Crystal Skull, are descendants of Atlantis’ original race who set about reclaiming the world and adding the survivors to the list of victims. Mike, Washington and the rest of the survivors have to uncover the secret behind the “Interceptors” existence and use it against them in order to stop their apocalyptic rampage…

“The Atlantis Interceptors” (also known as “Raiders of Atlantis” and “Atlantis Inferno”; original title “I predatori di Atlantide”) is a 1983 Italian B-movie science fiction film starring Christopher Connelly and directed by Ruggero Deodato. The film was heavily influenced by George Miller’s 1979 vision of outback hell, “Mad Max”, and its sequel, “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior” (1982), and John Carpenter’s dystopian view of a future New York, “Escape From New York” (1981) and was only one of seemingly countless imitations, such as “Bronx Warriors”, “Rome”, “The New Gladiators”, and “The New Barbarians”. “The Atlantis Interceptors” is one of those dodgy italian productions from the early 80s that stole as much as they could from George Miller and his dystopian universe. This is a blooddripping B-action movie deluxe with dodgy dialogue, dubbing of most actors and a plot line that makes hardly any sense. You just wonder how they came up with this. Nevertheless, there´s some sort of entertainment value in something that so bad it almost becomes good. (2 out of 5)

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