YMMV / The Blade Master

  • Ass Pull: The Mentor comes up with some bullshit about Zor being tried by an international council or some such idiocy to keep Ator from killing him at the last minute simply because he had been disarmed. And then Thong just kills him anyway when Zor tries to stab Ator in the back.
    • Basically What Measure Is a Mook? Even a fiendish warlord like Zor deserves a fair trial and just killing him when he's at the hero's mercy would make Ator a murderer. Okay...but then what about all the other bad guys Ator and his buddies hacked their way through to get to him? Zor's own soldiers, the samurai warriors, the cave dwellers, the snake cult? Why is killing all of those guys nothing to trifle themselves over?
  • Designated Love Interest: The film seems desperate to shoehorn in the "Hero leaves his love behind to continue Walking the Earth" ending common in 80s Sword & Sandal flicks between Artor and Mila, even though there's almost nothing in the entire rest of the movie to suggest there's been any sort of romantic attraction brewing between the two.
    • If anything, it's completely one-sided. Mila has a crush on Ator but Ator is apparently a Celibate Hero who gently and politely turns her down early on.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Zor. Just look at that helmet. That the version Joel wears for the one host segment really looks no different says it all.
  • Foe Yay: There seems to be this between Zor & Ator, which is lampshaded a bit by Joel & The Bots in the MST3K episode.
  • God-Mode Sue: Ator cannot be bested in battle, is a master of technology far too advanced for his time, and generally stands above all others. He's even a master surgeon.
  • Narm: Ator flying.
    • And he's flying over a modern-day city in one shot.
      • While it could be argued that this is a post-apocalyptic setting and those are remnants of our society... nobody working on the movie probably thought about it all that much, so almost certainly not.
  • Special Effects Failure: The over the top meat slammer sound effects of Zor pounding on the Great One, the hubcap armor, the dark age Soloflex, the tire tracks in the primaeval landscape...
    • The stupid giant snake is an obvious (and cheesy) velour puppet, which Ator "wrestles" in similar fashion to that Bela Lugosi/giant octopus bout in Bride of the Monster.
      Crow: It's the Mother-Loving King of all Sock Puppets!
  • Stock Footage Failure: The scene of the geometric nucleus blowing up is just footage of an atomic bomb test.