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!
Faux Action Girl: 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 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 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 MacGyver 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?
Previously On: 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.
Schizo Tech: A barbarian ripoff with gliders and atomic bombs.
[Barbarian Ator leaps from a cliff in a rather modern-looking hang-glider.]
Servo: Oh, come on.
Crow: What the…?!
Joel: Terrific. [childlike voice] I'm the luckiest boy in the world! I have slipped the surly bounds of Earth and touched the hand of God!
Servo: This is a little ridiculous. Okay, so… he kills a deer, he tans the hides, he stretches the skins, he makes an anodized aluminum frame, he learns how to extrude and weld… all in about five minutes, huh? […] learned aerodynamics…
Trivial Title: 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 Mystery Science Theater 3000, it's the most famous one.