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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 MysteryScienceTheater3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide''

''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 InNameOnly sequels to ''Film/{{Troll 2}}''. The movies were made to [[FollowTheLeader capitalize]] on the popularity of the Conan movies which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger.

For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S03E01CaveDwellers episode recap page]].
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!''The Blade Master'' has these examples:

* AnnoyingArrows: Mila gets hit by an arrow in the heart and keeps limping on! ''The heart!''
* BackstabBackfire: Saved by Fong, though!
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: In the Film Ventures International release, the film's opening credits are clearly from another film.
* BambooTechnology: Pushed to the breaking point of credibility when Ator even makes a ''hang glider''.
* BedsheetGhost: Ator and Thong beat invisible assailants by turning them into these with their cloaks.
* BigBad: Zor
* BigNo: Several, actually. Said in a fairly goofy manner, however.
* TheBlacksmith: Ator
* BreastPlate: Averted, Mila appears to be wearing a hub cap on her chest.
* BrotherSisterIncest: 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 NotBloodSiblings. Ator, of course, [[{{Squick}} had no way of knowing this.]]
* ChainmailBikini: Mila wears one in the promotional poster...though not in the film itself.
* CulturedWarrior: Ator, in the second movie anyway, is so cultured he can create hang gliders, perform surgery, and make gunpowder grenades.
* ILied: Punctuated with an axe to the face. Ouch.
* MrFanservice: Miles O'Keefe.
* MsFanservice: Say what you will about her [[FauxActionGirl uselessness]], Mila certainly is easy on the eyes, and the camera certainly enjoys taking [[MaleGaze shots up]] her bearskin MinidressOfPower.
* FantasticNuke: 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.
* FatherIWantToMarryMyBrother: See BrotherSisterIncest above.
* FauxActionGirl: Mila. 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 [[MacGyvering MacGyver]] job with gunpower made from cave wall minerals in a test Ator had for her. However, she gets shot with an arrow, becomes a DistressedDamsel 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 [=MacGyver=] routine with a skull-bomb or something! CHEEZE LOUISE! She's WhatCouldHaveBeen 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 & DistressedDamsel.
* GeniusBruiser: How many other Conan knockoffs can ''build a goddamned hang glider''?
* TheHero: Ator
* HeyItsThatGuy: Miles O'Keeffe, also did another cult classic, ''Phantom Raiders'', where he trains drunken bikers and meth addicts to be [[{{McNinja}} ninjas]]
** And as Tarzan in the Creator/BoDerek bomb, ''Tarzan the Ape Man''.
* HeyItsThatVoice: YorTheHunterFromTheFuture and Ator share the same dub actor.
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim
-->'''Mentor:''' To kill him would make us no better than barbarians![[note]]'''Servo:''' We ''are'' barbarians![[/note]]
* ImAHumanitarian: The cave dwellers of the AndShowItToYou variety.
* InvisibleMonsters: "I don't believe it - they were too cheap to hire ''villains'' in this movie."
* LoinCloth: Ator
* MacGuffin: The "Geometric Nucleus"
* NeutralFemale: You were a ''big'' help with the snake, lady.
* TheObiWan: The Great One
* OldShame: Played straight with O'Keefe. It's been rumored that Miles O'Keefe offered the creators of ''{{MST3K}}'' a drink if he ever met them, for their take on this film. An installment of [=TNT=]'s B-movie showcase ''Monstervision'' contained a segment where a viewer wrote in to request the Ator trilogy, only for host Joe Bob Briggs to explain that the last time they'd shown them, he received a personal letter from O'Keefe himself calling the films an "embarrassment" and asking politely that they never be shown on the program again (a request which Briggs respectfully acknowledged).
* PornStache: Zor
* PreviouslyOn: The movie shows a recap of the first. As low budget as it was, it also painfully points out how the first movie had a better budget than ''this'' one.
* SchizoTech: A barbarian ripoff with gliders and atomic bombs.
* ShoutOut: [[TheLastOfTheMohicans Straight as an arrow flying into the sun.]] Shout Out or plagiarism? Your call.
* {{Sidekick}}: Thong
** HypercompetentSidekick: Also Thong, who ultimately offs the villain with a throwing knife.
* SnakesAreEvil: ''So'' evil that they... er, growl.
* TheSpeechless: Thong
* TheWorldIsNotReady: Then again, what can an iron age tyrant can do with a nuke?
* TokenMinority: Thong
* TrivialTitle: For ''Cave Dwellers''. The actual cave dwellers are shown very briefly in the movie. The rest of the plot revolves around a journey made by a character named Ator to save his former mentor from the bad guy. The scene with the cave people is just a brief detour. It's worth mentioning that it was originally ''Ator l'invincible 2'' (''Ator the Invincible 2'', also released in the US as ''Ator, the Blade Master'' or ''The Return''). ''Cave Dwellers'' is just the title that Venture Films International slapped on it when they got the distribution rights. Of course, since the VFI version was the one featured on ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'', it's the most famous one.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Ator. [[FetishFuel Delicious barbarian Ator...]]
* WhatTheHellTownspeople: What looks like a TrainingThePeacefulVillagers sequence gets derailed when they drug and capture our heroes. Then the pseudo-Mongols raze the place anyway.
* YellowFace: Zor is some sort of weird Samurai/Mongol/Hun guy with a cheesy FuManchu moustache, played by a white guy.
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