Mystery Science Theater 3000: CAVE DWELLERS
April 9, 2015 1:13 AM - Season 3, Episode 1 - Subscribe

aka The Blade Master, Ator the Invincible (1984, Color, Italian, Barbarian, Fantasy, Sequel, Hang Glider) "A pure action fantasy where good, strength and exotic beauty battle evil." In a savage world a warlord's attempts to find and control the Geometric Nucleus is opposed by muscular, half-naked surgeon and hang glider enthusiast Ator, similarly poorly-dressed young woman Mila, and his mute Asian companion Thong. The first show of season three, and a perfect introductory episode. Nothing lends itself better to movie mockery than nearly unclad beautiful people doing goofy things with intense seriousness. YouTube (1h37m) First aired June 1, 1991.

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IMDB, as The Blade Master (2.2 stars)
"Muscle-bound Ator and his mute Asian sidekick travel from the ends of the Earth to save his aged mentor from the evil mustachioed Zor."
Directed and written by Joe D'Amato (as David Hills). Starring Miles O'Keefe, Lisa Foster and David Brandon.
posted by JHarris (14 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
THIS is the episode we're watching this week. It'll be in my sync-video room. Times will probably be 6 & 8 PM ET, but with the usual lengthy pre-show. I hope you can make it, this is an excellent one (actually most of season three is must-see, I think).
posted by JHarris at 1:15 AM on April 9, 2015

Oh, this is a good one. I'll try to make it after the kid goes to bed--I wonder how much O'Keefe I'll get to see?
posted by tchemgrrl at 5:41 AM on April 9, 2015 [2 favorites]

The reaction of J&TB when Ator builds a hang glider in five minutes is priceless.
posted by Chrysostom at 7:26 AM on April 9, 2015 [2 favorites]

This is some top shelf MST, and IIRC one of the first to be officially released on home video. Coinciding rather serendipitously with my employment at Suncoast Motion Picture Company. Remember the Rhino Catalog ads?
posted by cottoncandybeard at 8:44 AM on April 9, 2015 [1 favorite]

Cavé dwellers (the correct pronunciation) is one of my faves. There's just a great mix of goofy low budget and trying to make this grand adventure movie. I particularly like the slow-mo credits and following reenactment sketch.
posted by Crystalinne at 8:58 AM on April 9, 2015 [2 favorites]

Cave Dwellers was in volume 2 of the DVDs, but I think there had been a good number of single episode DVDs earlier.
posted by Chrysostom at 9:03 AM on April 9, 2015

I have a official Rhino-published copy of it on VHS tape somewhere.
posted by JHarris at 11:55 AM on April 9, 2015

“Not another flashback!”
posted by ob1quixote at 12:39 PM on April 9, 2015 [1 favorite]

Yes, I was referring to the prehistoric home video technology known as VHS. I'm pretty sure Cave Dwellers, Amazing Colossal Man and Mitchell were the first 3 available.
The one bit that confuses/irks me is the "not a comic book, it's a graphic novel" riff. Were there people who said that about comic books? Did the Brains not know that these were technically different things?
posted by cottoncandybeard at 12:40 PM on April 9, 2015 [1 favorite]

Thanks for showing up everyone! There was discussion tonight about picking out a new time. Tell me--what if we had a single showing at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT/2 AM GMT? Who could make it and who couldn't? Those who couldn't, when would be a good time for a possible second showww? Don't be afraid to be a bit crazy with time, my sleeping patterns are weird anyway.

Next week prepare yourselves, it's another amazingly iconic MST episode: 302 GAMERA.
posted by JHarris at 11:27 PM on April 9, 2015

I forgot my favorite one, one that I'm liable to use in everyday conversation: “I think your cape looks fab-u-lousssss!”
posted by ob1quixote at 1:07 AM on April 10, 2015 [1 favorite]

I can join for at least some of a showing that starts between 8 and 10 pm EST. I probably wouldn't start watching later on a weeknight, and earlier than that, there's a kid to wrangle.
posted by tchemgrrl at 4:39 AM on April 10, 2015

Yeah, I'd forgotten about the VHS releases, even though I bought them all. Satellite News has the DVD release dates, but not VHS, as far as I can see, so it may remain a mystery.

As far as showings - the later the better for me, I'm usually getting the kids to bed for at least the first one. But don't do it on my behalf!
posted by Chrysostom at 5:56 AM on April 10, 2015

That was great, and I'm especially looking forward to next week because Gamera is also my favorite Japanese monster. 6PM PST works for me.
posted by Room 641-A at 6:52 AM on April 10, 2015

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