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Ator is the avenger, the guardian of knowledge and the hope of the future. Not in that loincloth, he's not.
—'Kevin W. Murphy ("Tom Servo"), The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide
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Ator l'invincibile 2 (released in English-speaking countries as The Blade Master, Ator, the Blade Master, Cave Dwellers, and The Return) is an Italian film that was made in 1984. The movie was written and directed by Joe d'Amato. It stars Miles O'Keeffe as Ator, a man skilled in not only fighting, but in many other arts as well. It also stars Charles Borromel as Akronas, a wise ruler and teacher who is also called the Great One. Lisa Foster stars as Mila, the daughter of Akronas, and David Brandon as Zor - the principal villain of the film. The film was released in theaters as Ator the Invincible and later as Ator, the Blade Master. It received the name Cave Dwellers after it was re-edited by distributor Film Ventures International. It is the sequel to 1982's Ator l'invincible and was followed by 1986's Iron Warrior. The fourth film, Quest for the Mighty Sword, was also released as Troll 3, one of two In Name Only sequels to Troll 2. The movies were made to capitalize on the popularity of the Conan movies which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger.

For the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version, please go to the episode recap page.


The Blade Master has these examples:

  • Annoying Arrows: Mila gets hit by an arrow in the heart and keeps limping on! The heart!
  • Backstab Backfire: Saved by Fong, though!
  • Bait and Switch Credits: In the Film Ventures International release, the film's opening credits are clearly from another film.
  • Bamboo Technology: Pushed to the breaking point of credibility when Ator even makes a hang glider.
  • Bedsheet Ghost: Ator and Thong beat invisible assailants by turning them into these with their cloaks.
  • Big Bad: Zor
  • Big No: Several, actually. Said in a fairly goofy manner, however.
  • The Blacksmith: Ator
  • Breast Plate: Averted, Mila appears to be wearing a hub cap on her chest.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: The first film in the series opens with Ator asking his father for his sister's hand in marriage. His father happily gives it, revealing that Ator was adopted, and thus he and his sister are Not Blood Siblings. Ator, of course, had no way of knowing this.
  • Cultured Warrior: Ator, in the second movie anyway, is so cultured he can create hang gliders, perform surgery, and make gunpowder grenades.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Miles O'Keefe.
  • Fantastic Nuke: The "geometric nucleus" seems to be a magic-based nuclear weapon, depending on how you interpret the Anvilicious closing monologue and stock footage of a mushroom cloud.
  • Father, I Want to Marry My Brother: See Brother-Sister Incest above.
  • Faux Action Girl: Nila. Sure, she's a strong-willed young lady with lots of rebellious spunk. Sure, she has some nominal experience fighting bad guys with swords. Sure, she knows everything her Dad taught her, even did a neat Mc Guyver job with gunpower made from cave wall minerals in a test Ator had for her. However, she gets shot with an arrow, becomes a Distressed Damsel with both the cannibal cavepeople AND the snake cult & cowers in the corner like a helpless blob of jello when in the snake pit with Ator. C'mon, lady! Wield a femur or do The Mc Guyver routine with a skull-bomb or something! CHEEZE LOUISE! She's What Could Have Been as applied to a character...she's foisted on us as a cool, cute, spunky little warrior chick with mad science skillz but turns out to be a lackluster swordswoman & Distressed Damsel.
  • Genius Bruiser: How many other Conan knockoffs can build a goddamned hang glider?
  • The Hero: Ator
  • ~Hey, It's That Guy!~: Miles O'Keeffe, also did another cult classic, Phantom Raiders, where he trains drunken bikers and meth addicts to be Ninjas
    • And as Tarzan in the Bo Derek bomb, Tarzan The Ape Man.
  • ~Hey, It's That Voice!~: Yor, the Hunter from the Future and Ator share the same dub actor.
  • If You Kill Him You Will Be Just Like Him
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 Mentor: To kill him would make us no better than barbarians!

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