Ator 2 - L'invincibile Orion

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Ator 2-L'invincibile Orion
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One-sheet for The Blade Master
Directed by Joe D'Amato
Produced by John Newman[1]
Screenplay by Joe D'Amato[1]
Starring
Music by
Cinematography Joe D'Amato[1]
Edited by David Framer[1]
Release date
  • 16 December 1982 (1982-12-16) (Italy)

Ator 2 - L'invincibile Orion (English title: 'The Blade Master')[1][2] is a 1982 film directed by Joe D'Amato. It stars Miles O'Keeffe as Ator, Charles Borromel as Akronas, Lisa Foster as Mila, the daughter of Akronas, and David Brandon as Zor.

Plot[edit]

Akronas has discovered the Geometric Nucleus during the course of his research. The Nucleus is a device of incredible power that could be a terrible weapon. Akronas feels that the Nucleus must be kept from evil men at all costs. When he learns that the evil Zor and his army are approaching his castle, he asks his daughter Mila to bring his former student Ator back to help defeat Zor. Mila runs away to find Ator. Zor's soldiers enter and begin beating Akronas, but Zor angrily sends them away to maintain the image of a man who would only use violence if needed.

Mila is pursued by Zor's soldiers, and is wounded by them, but continues to stagger towards Ator's home. At last she arrives, and Ator uses his medical knowledge to heal her wound. She then is able to convince him she is the daughter of Akronas, and that her father is in terrible danger.

Mila, Ator, and Ator's Asian assistant Thong (Chen Wong) begin the journey back to Akronas' castle, facing a variety of dangers along the way, including a group of cannibals, another group determined to sacrifice them to their god — which is a huge snake — and other soldiers.

Finally they make it back to the castle. While Mila and Thong sneak in the back way, Ator uses his knowledge of flight to quickly make a hang glider, which he flies over the castle, dropping bombs on Zor's soldiers. Having defeated most of Zor's forces, Ator takes on Zor himself and defeats him. Akronas convinces Ator to let Zor live to face trial, but when Ator steps away, Zor grabs a sword to threaten Ator, and Zor is killed by Thong.

Afterwards, Akronas gives the Geometric Nucleus to Ator. Ator tells Mila he has to leave, that his life is too dangerous to share with her. Mila says that she knows Ator must fight evil where ever it occurs. Ator leaves Thong behind to help take care of Mila and Akronas, and leaves. He takes the Nucleus to a distant land, where he destroys it in a massive nuclear detonation.

Cast[edit]

  • Miles O'Keefe as Ator
  • Lisa Foster as Mila
  • Charles Borromel as Akronas
  • Chen Wong as Thong
  • David Brandon as Zor
  • Nancy Hall as 1st maiden
  • Linette Ray as 2nd maiden
  • Sandra Carle as Old woman

Production[edit]

The film was made quickly and without a completed script and includes footage from the first Ator film in the form of flashbacks.[1]

Release[edit]

The film was released in Italy on December 16, 1982.[1] It was released in the United States on February 15, 1984 with a 92 minute running time.[1]

The film was shown on American television under the title The Cave Dwellers which included footage from the film Taur the Mighty.[1]

Reception[edit]

Total Film included Ator 2 - L'invincibile Orion in their list of the 66 worst films of all time.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 200.
  2. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 201.
  3. ^ "66 Worst Movies Of All Time". Total Film. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2013-09-30. 

Sources[edit]

  • Kinnard, Roy; Crnkovich, Tony (2017). Italian Sword and Sandal Films, 1908-1990. McFarland. ISBN 1476662916. 

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