301. Cave Dwellers (1984)

Well, he had to stand there. He was tied to a pole. I guess the director just really liked hearing women plead and yell while they were attacked by puppets…?

My favorite moment of non-heroism was when Thong finds Ravini dying and hidden away from the rest of his crew. Instead of running out of the tent to sound the alarm and call for help, he just futzes around and then strolls off like he’s half-baked at the County Fair on a Sunday afternoon. Maybe in another, earlier movie Ravini never got his name right, either. So Thong figured he had it coming. :person_shrugging:

I also love how this film was shot only two years after The Fighting Eagle and yet that Ator is supposed to be much younger and more callow than the Ator here. But they don’t bother to try and make him look any older. Also, poor Sunya. She didn’t get to do much of anything in the first movie. Then she died off-screen. Maybe the actor was grossed out by having to play a lady in love with her own foster brother and gave up showbiz to open a restaurant or something.

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I’ve read of such tales. Hollywood is The Naked City of what-ifs. “There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them.”

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I’m sure a guy who can slap together a hang glider could have thought of something in that situation. A pocket laser cutter or a miniature assault robot or something. But, yeah, that scene does make you think the director had some… issues.

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I’m gonna get killed here but I’ve tried this one multiple times…and it just doesn’t do it for me. The never ending flashback kills and and I have a hard time finishing this episode. I know, many love it. But, it’s just not a favorite of mine. (Sorry)!

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It’s all good! MSTies having contrasting opinions on these episodes is one of the better features of this fandom!

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The new season starts with their initial foray into the Pecs & Pulchritude fantasy films that spawned in the wake of Conan the Barbarian and its box office success. Though I suppose some might argue Robot Holocaust would count as their first. However, in spite of the superficial use of that genre’s trappings, I personally see Robot Holocaust as more of a post-apocalypse movie. The basic plot involves a scholar names Akronos who has created something called a geometric nucleus and the evil warlord Zor wants it. So, he sends his daughter (at least that’s what he claims she is) Mila to fetch the heroic warrior Ator.

While technically there are cave dwellers in the film, they’re more of a random encounter. The cult that worships a giant snake is more relevant to the plot by far. Though the hang glider sequence is notorious for its absurdity, a subtler oddity occurs during the scene where Ator treats Mila’s arrow wound. A dog is hanging around in the background, and I’m not entirely sure if it may have wandered on the set and no one bothered to shoo it off. Otherwise, the movie consists primarily of tepid actions sequences mixed with scenes of Akronos and Zor engaging in flowery badinage.

Fortunately, this makes for excellent riffing targets and Joel and the Bots are firing on all cylinders. A good thing too, as the host segments are a touch underwhelming. Though there’s an interesting development regarding Magic Voice. She first cropped up in the middle of the first season and, up to this point, all she did was announce how long it was until the commercial break during the prologue. While she still does this, now she adds in personal interjections, which saves her from a one note character status.

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This show remains one I favor utilizing as a gateway episode for new viewers. It’s a guy and two puppets riffing the heck out of a cheesy sword and sorcery flick. Proof that season 3 is when everything in the classic show clicked into place.

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1000 percent on this! Season 3 is where it blasted into space and Cave Dwellers (1984) was my gateway episode and I can’t think of a better intro. Pod People (1983), The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962), Reptilicus (1961), Cry Wilderness (1987), and Mac and Me (1988) are others though Cave Dwellers has such a magic I’d hardpressed not to use it.

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This alone converted me. Arguably the #1 Host Segment of All Time.

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Theory of flight? I’ll teach you the theory of FIST!

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I’m glad every release of the movie preserves it’s parallelogram screen formatting.

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ALL HAIL THE SHOEBOX FORMAT!!! :slightly_smiling_face:

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Oh yes. One of my absolute favorties. This is the one I usually pick to introduce people to the show. This and Gamera.

"It’s Coco the terrible!’
“It is everything and nothing” “Could you be a little more vague please?”
And seriously, sudden hang glider??

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That’s probably the most shocking thing about this movie, coming back to it after watching The Fighting Eagle. We don’t even know how she died, just an offhanded remark in the flashback sequence, “Later, when Sunya died…”

And what of Keog? Where is our bear?

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I’m afraid you answered your own question there. :stuck_out_tongue:

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How much Okeefe is in this film?


Miles Okeefe

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Ding Dong | Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) | Know Your Meme

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Ahhh timeless gag. I can’t help but chuckle. Jokes like this are what made me a fan. Cave Dwellers (1984) was my Gateway Episode. And the Miles O’Keefe humor had me from the start.

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