No doubt Tom’s review of ATOR left you on the edge of your seat regarding his further adventures (Ator’s, not Tom’s), but before I tackle the sequel I’ll give you a quick “Never Got Made” moment. Indeed the Italians got the CONAN-lite into their theaters a mere 6 months after CONAN THE BARBARIAN, but did you know they promised to deliver a sequel to distributors in November 1982? Behold the artwork for ATOR THE INVINCIBLE: THE RETURN. This was probably intended to be shot back-to-back with the first film and offers most of the sequel’s cast with one exception. Head villain Dakar (who played the Spider King) is listed as returning. I know Tom is weeping at not getting to see a second battle with The Spider King. Oh, and pterodactyls. They promised pterodactyls.
The proper plot gets into motion with the men of evil Zor (David Brandon) coming to retrieve the “geometric nucleus” mechanism from scientist/alchemist Akronas (Charles Borromel). Knowing what destruction this device can wreak in the wrong hands, Akronas sends his daughter Mila (Lisa Foster) on a quest to find Ator (the returning O’Keeffe), his former pupil and the only man who can help. Naturally, this requires him filling her in on all the events of the first film in a 5 minute flashback. Times have been tough on the ol’ gladi-ATOR (hey, that is how they got his name!) since he killed the Spider King. His beloved Sunya is now dead and he has shacked up with some mute Chinese guy named Thong (Kiro Wehara) and spends all day walking around topless and lifting weights. Hmmmmm.