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Film: Warrior of the Lost World
THE NUCLEAR WAR HAS BEEN FOUGHT!!!
THE EARTH IS IN RUINS!!!
ALL GOVERNMENTS HAVE COLLAPSED!!!
AN EVIL DESPOT NAMED PROSSOR HAS
ORGANIZED A DEADLY MILITIA TO RULE,
CALLED THE OMEGA. IN THE WASTELANDS
SURVIVE A SMALL GROUP CALLED THE
OUTSIDERS. THEY STRUGGLE AGAINST THE
EVIL PROSSOR AND HIS OMEGAS. INTO
THIS CONFLICT RIDES ONE MAN, ON HIS
SUPERSONIC SPEEDCYCLE. HE IS DESTINED
TO BECOME THE

An Italian Mad Max wannabe film. Despite the title, there is no Lost World in this movie, though it may be some kind of metaphor for the post-apocalyptic world.

A Loner/Drifter rides around the post-apocalyptic countryside (oddly lush) on his computerized motorcycle Einstein, dodging evil cops and junkyard dwellers. He stumbles across the Mook Army of The Omega, a totalitarian colony, and immediately flees; doing so, he commits the major automotive faux pas of not watching where he's going, and drives face-first into a rock wall.

That's not the end of our hero. The wall he hit was apparently a "Wall Of Illusion", and on the other side reside some crusty old people in togas, who heal his wounds by shining flashlights on them. Why do they do this? They are the Enlightened Elders for The Outsiders, who stand in opposition to The Omega, and our hero is their Chosen One. They want him to infiltrate the Omega colony and rescue one of their leaders, one Professor McWayne, who is about to be executed. Initially refusing, he is convinced when McWayne's daughter Nastasia pulls a gun on his testicles.

This proves both easier and more difficult than any of the characters in this movie make it out to be. While our "hero" rescues the Professor, he leaves Nastasia behind, allowing her to be captured by Prosser. Furthermore, The Omega have at their disposal Megaweapon, a slow-moving armored dump truck with spikes and a flame thrower attached to its front.

The movie is largely known for being a glorious Mad Max rip-off cheesefest starring "The Paper Chase Guy" note  and "The Bald Chick From Star Trek" and Donald Pleasance. It was roasted in a 1993 episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, though multiple prints of the film exist.

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

Tropes featured in this film:

  • After the End: Apparently the world was destroyed by "The Unclear War Has Been Forgot!"
  • A-Team Firing: During the chase scene. Several minutes of near point blank range between over a dozen people and fully automatic weapons, and nobody gets hit, not even the trucks get pockmarks.
  • All According to Plan: The Outsiders' victory and Prosser's "death" were all part of the master plan, according to The Stinger/Sequel Hook.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: The Paper Chase Guy has to defeat the leaders of several Gangs of Hats for them to accept him as leader and become his Ragtag Bunch of Misfits so he can Storm The Castle.
  • Badass Biker: It's what the movie was trying to shoot for with the Paper Chase Guy.
  • Bald of Evil: Prossor
  • Book Ends: The hero riding in on his motorcycle... and then the hero riding away on his motorcycle.
  • Bottomless Magazines: There were all of about two onscreen reloads in this entire film and only once is anyone actually shown running out of ammunition.
    • Possibly justified by these being energy weapons—or possibly not; though all the guns make only soft electronic-sounding noises when fired, a few of them do appear to eject spent cartridges in one or two scenes.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Nastasia.
  • But Now I Must Go
    Paper Chase Guy: It's time for me to leave.
    Nastasia: I'm not sad that you're leaving... I know you must.
  • California Doubling: The movie supposedly takes place in post-apocalyptic California, despite being filmed in Italy. Those familiar with Rome might recognize the Omega headquarters and campus as the infamous Corviale, a kilometer-long public housing project in the outskirts of Rome.
  • Canned Orders Over Loudspeaker: Delivered by Donald Pleasance himself.
  • Car Chase: Several. And a helicopter chase, too.
  • The Chosen One: ...and why exactly was he chosen?
  • Cool Bike: "Einstein" the "Supersonic Speedcycle" is an alleged example, although it's actually pretty lame.
  • Cool Car: Megaweapon.
  • Crystal Spires and Togas: Although we see only the togas. On really old people.
  • Dull Surprise: Most of the time, our Hero appears to be half-asleep, even when he's attempting to be a Badass Biker. Prosser, as well is Donald Pleasance perpetually on cruise control, because he probably doesn't care that much.
  • Emphasize EVERYTHING: The Opening Scroll.
    • WITH ALL CAPS AND PLENTY OF EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!!!!
  • Evil Overlord: Prossor
  • Expendable Clone: Prossor has one.
  • Follow the Leader: Yet another Italian knock-off of a then-popular film; in this case, The Road Warrior. In the MST3K episode this prompted then host Joel to quip "This isn't Mad Max, it's Sad Max."
    • The film strongly resembles Megaforce as well.
  • Gang of Hats: There's a gang of kung fu fighters, a gang of rednecks, a gang of truckers, a gang of Amazons, and a gang of fake Nazis with a black Nazi.
  • Groin Attack: When the Paper Chase Guy initially refuses to help the Resistance, Nastasia pokes a gun into his crotch and says "Either you help me rescue my father or I blow your balls off." The closeups of the gun shoved into his crotch were cut from the MST3K episode while retaining most of the other shots that surrounded them - suddenly that episode becomes even funnier when you realize why he was looking down.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: the late Persis Khambatta, of Star Trek The Motion Picture fame. Now with hair!
    • Oh, & the late Robert Ginty, a.k.a. Thomas Craig Anderson from The Paper Chase as Paper Chase guy.
    • The late Donald Pleasance.
  • Healing Hands: The Elders.
  • Heroic Willpower: Nastasia. Despite being Brainwashed and Crazy, she resists shooting her father and shoots Prossor instead. She does follow Prossor's orders to shoot the Paper Chase guy, though.
  • Hidden Elf Village: The Elders' hideout.
  • Humongous Mecha: Megaweapon, really just an earth mover with added spikes and a flamethrower.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy
  • La Résistance: The Outsiders/"New Way".
  • Made of Explodium: Many cars explode when forced off the road and/or over cliffs, usually for no discernible reason. This also applies to Megaweapon:
  • The Mole: The Henchman aka Fred Williamson.
  • No Name Given: The hero, a.k.a. "The Paper Chase Guy"
    • IMDb simply calls him "The Rider."
    • Similarly, Fred Williamson's character is never named, and is simply christened "Henchman" by IMDb.
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: The Elders in togas.
  • One-Woman Wail: The intent behind the opening song by the singer in the intro.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Paper Chase Guy gets shot in each shoulder over the course of the movie, and Nastasia gets shot in the leg. All these wounds only bleed slightly, and apparently have no long-term consequences. This may appear to be Justified by the fact that a group of psychic healers exists, but the characters weren't anywhere near them when they were shot.
  • Opening Scroll: See above. (Some versions of the film have a less emphatic, but more intelligible and informative version instead.)
  • Robot Buddy: Einstein, as its'self [sic]
  • Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: Einstein claims the megaweapon would take 40 megatons to destroy. What the hell?
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: Nastasia.
  • Take Our Word for It: There was evidently a devastating nuclear war before the movie started, not that there's ever any evidence the audience gets to see. The roads are clear and well-maintained, there aren't any ruins, the trees and plants are lush. There's a place where a bunch of abandoned cars are stacked up, but it doesn't look any different from the junkyards right now.
  • Unexplained Recovery: The ''Paper Chase'' Guy and Einstein both survive.
  • The Unintelligible: The Paper Chase Guy; sounds like he just came back from the dentist.
  • Verbal Tic: Einstein has this annoying tendency to say things three times.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Our "hero" decks the Tina Turner-lookalike harder than anyone in the film.

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