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Ator l'Invincibile II

Ator, the Blade Master
Ator der Unbesiegbare / The Blade Masters / Cave Dwellers

Italy 1984
produced by
John Newman for Royal Film Traders
directed by David Hills (= Joe D'Amato = Aristide Massaccesi)
starring Miles O'Keeffe, Lisa Foster, David Cain Haughton (= David Brandon), Charles Borromel, Chen Wong, Robert Black, Donald Hodson, Stephen Soffer, Nello Pazzafini (as Ned Steinberg), Osiride Pevarello (as Hershel Curtis), Sandra Carle, Nancy Hall, Linette Ray, Robert Karshin, Andy Stradly, Steve Rivers
written by David Hills (= Joe D'Amato = Aristide Massaccesi), music by Carlo Rustichelli, cinematography by Joe D'Amato (= Aristide Massaccesi)


review by
Mike Haberfelner

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In a time when many humans still live in caves and have just discovered fire, other people already live n medieval castles, and one human, Akronnos (Charles Borromel) is clever enough to have discovered nuclear energy, and he has realized that in the wrong hands, it can be a powerful weapon. So he hasks his daughter Mila (Lisa Foster) to go and fetch his student, the barbarian Ator (Miles O'Keefe) to come and guard his secret, as his other, evil student Zor (David Cain Haughton) will soon pay Arkonnos a visit and want to use the nuclear energy to his own evil ends ... and Mila gets away just in time, because she hasn't even left her father's castle is he taken prisoner by Zor.

Somehow, Mila makes it to Ator's place, and he and his assistant Tong (Chen Wong) agree to accompany her back to her father to set a few wrongs right again ... but the way there is periluous, since Zor has anticipated Ator's intervention and ordered all his allies to attack him, including some invisible warriors and cavemen.

And then, when Ator wants to help a village against the evil Snake God, he realizes too late that it is just another trap to get him, and soon he finds himself to be the next sacrifice for the Snake God himself ... but of course he ultimately overthrows the Snake God's evil high priest (Robert Black) and beheads the (Rather pathetic looking) giant snake.

Ultimately, the trio reaches Akronnos castle, but they are only three and the castle is heavily guarded. So they decide that Mila and Tong are to enter the castle via a secret passageway while Ator will come through the air by hang glider (actually a customary 1980's style hang glider with little attempts made to make it fit into the film's fantasy world).

And haven't you guessed it, utlimately, ator faces Zor in duel and defeats him - but at the request of Akronnos, he refrains from killing him in cold blood. Only when Zor as a thank you tries to kill Ator as a thank you does Ator see himself forced to kill Zor in self-defense.


Ator l'Invincibile II is one of a string of sheer endless barbarian movies produced - predominantly in Italy - to cash in on the success of the Conan-films. And like most of these films, this one was gravely underbudgeted, sloppily written, carelessly directed, woodenly acted, and garnered with ridiculous special effects.

A bad film, yes, but trashlovers - like me - will still find it somehow enjoyable.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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