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The Blade Master (1982)

Ator 2: L'invincibile Orion (original title)
Muscle-bound Ator and his mute East Asian sidekick travel from the ends of the earth to save his aged mentor from the evil, mustachioed Zor.

Director:

Joe D'Amato (as David Hills)

Writer:

Joe D'Amato (as David Hills)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miles O'Keeffe ... Ator
Lisa Foster ... Mila
Charles Borromel Charles Borromel ... Akronas
Kiro Wehara Kiro Wehara ... Thong (as Chen Wong)
David Brandon ... Zor (as David Cain Haughton)
Robert Black Robert Black ... High Priest
Donald Hodson Donald Hodson ... Village Elder
Stephan Soffer Stephan Soffer ... Ravani
Nello Pazzafini ... Wallon (as Ned Steinberg)
Osiride Pevarello Osiride Pevarello ... Sandur (as Herschel Curtis)
Sandra Carle Sandra Carle ... Old Woman
Nancy Hall Nancy Hall ... 1st Maiden
Linette Ray Linette Ray ... 2nd Maiden
Robert Karshin Robert Karshin ... 1st Youth
Andy Stradly Andy Stradly ... 2nd Youth
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Storyline

In this sequel, the Fighting Eagle returns. This time he must save a former mentor from the evil Zor. Ator battles cavemen, invisible swordsmen, and barbarians with his new sidekick Thong to finally have the ultimate showdown with Zor. Written by Sean Kilby and Jason Parker <gestalt@ix.netcom.com>

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A pure action fantasy where good, strength and exotic beauty battle evil. See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

15 February 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cave Dwellers See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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According to director Joe D'Amato, the film was shot in two weeks, without a script. Miles O'Keeffe was contracted to star in a certain number of films for D'Amato, leaving very little time to write a script. See more »

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Tire tracks are visible as Ator gallops across a field. See more »

Quotes

Ator: Thong, the fish is ready!
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Alternate Versions

The most famous version of this film (seen on Mystery Science Theater 3000) is the Film Ventures International version, called Cave Dwellers. Includes footage from the movie Taur the Mighty in the opening and closing credits. See more »

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A poor movie from a badly treated genre
5 March 2004 | by kilgore2345See all my reviews

There are plenty of reviews that describe this movie as the worst ever made. For sure there are plenty of mistakes: lackluster acting, rather boring and cliched and at times paradoxical script, and the stock B-movie sound and "special" effects. As noted, there are plenty of glosses of plot, making _Cave Dwellers_ a tissue of fantasy film, especially in comparison with the Lord of the Rings trilogy. However, this movie is not the worst movie ever. Most, if not all, (including this review) of these reviews are written by fans of MSTK3. Therefore, many of these reviews are pretty much summaries of the MSTK3 episode of _Cave Dwellers_.

In the episode, Joel, Tom Servo, and Crow remark to the Mad Scientists that this is the worst movie ever sent to them. Of course, loyal fans have taken this quote and ran with it. I have found this movie endearing-not in a way that one finds _Forrest Gump_ endearing-but in the effort put into this movie by some the cast. Also, this movie is laughable without its MSTK3 treatment. That is because _Cave Dwellers_ does not take itself seriously, and it is not trying to import into its viewers some sort of righteous theme. For all of the monster puppets, medieval hang gliding, and continuity lapses-this movie does not advertise to be any more that what it is, a shallow depiction of a rather shallow genre.

Likewise, I can't bring myself to hate Miles O'Keeffe or Lisa Foster. Instead this hatred is for Coleman Francis, Tony Cardoza, Jennifer Lopez, Arch Hall, Jr., and so on.


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