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4.0 out of 5 stars A fantasy film like no other from Lucio Fulci
Basic story..Set in a land ruled by an evil sorceress called Ocron and her cruel followers. Two warriors unite to bring her down but she too knows about them and seeks to destroy them.
Lucio Fulci's stab at the fantasy genre is truly strange but enjoyable and therefore a must see for fans of Fulci. Almost every scene is filled with smoke and often the camera is shone...
Published on 19 Aug 2008 by J.M. "The Phantom"

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In the early 1980s there was a spate of sword and sorcery movies and mediaeval-style fantasy action films that were quite popular with cinema audiences. Films such as Conan The Barbarian, Hawk The Slayer, Krull, Deathstalker, Beastmaster, The Sword And The Sorcerer, Ladyhawke etc. The Italian film industry was usually keen to jump onto a successful bandwagon and so...
Published on 31 Jan 2010 by Jeremy W. Newbould


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4.0 out of 5 stars A fantasy film like no other from Lucio Fulci, 19 Aug 2008
This review is from: Conquest [DVD] [1984] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Basic story..Set in a land ruled by an evil sorceress called Ocron and her cruel followers. Two warriors unite to bring her down but she too knows about them and seeks to destroy them.
Lucio Fulci's stab at the fantasy genre is truly strange but enjoyable and therefore a must see for fans of Fulci. Almost every scene is filled with smoke and often the camera is shone with bright sunlight, and whether that brightness was intentional or not it gives an atmosphere all of its own. It's a lively affair with much action as well as some of the most strangest looking creatures you're ever likely to see. Being a Fulci film you are guaranteed gory moments and "Conquest" doesn't disappoint as there are bloody set pieces throughout. Yes the effects at times are laughable but it all adds to the fun and it's accompanied by a pounding score by Claudio Simonetti from Goblin.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Please do not adjust your set, 31 Jan 2010
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This review is from: Conquest [DVD] [1984] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
In the early 1980s there was a spate of sword and sorcery movies and mediaeval-style fantasy action films that were quite popular with cinema audiences. Films such as Conan The Barbarian, Hawk The Slayer, Krull, Deathstalker, Beastmaster, The Sword And The Sorcerer, Ladyhawke etc. The Italian film industry was usually keen to jump onto a successful bandwagon and so Conquest, an Italian/Spanish/Mexican co-production, emerged in 1983.

The slimline plot involves a brave young hero called Ilias (played by Andrea Occhipinti, a.k.a. Andrew Painter) who is given a magic longbow and sets out on a quest to destroy an evil woman called Ocron (Sabrina Siani, a.k.a. Sabrina Sellers). He is joined by another brave hero called Mace (Jorge Rivero), who wields a homemade nunchaku, and on their journey they encounter and do battle with various enemies including wolfmen (that look more like wookiees than werewolves) and strange zombie-like creatures. In one scene Mace fights with an evil duplicate of himself which may have inspired a similar scene in Sam Raimi's Army Of Darkness.

Ocron wears a golden mask and little else apart from a snake that is almost permanently coiled around her body. She has a super-fit body by the way but, unfortunately, when her mask is removed she reveals herself to be a ten-pinter! Ocron controls the army of wolfmen and also summons up a spirit called Zora, who can appear in the form of a man or a white wolf, to assist her.

I have to be honest, this is not a very good movie. In fact it is pretty bad. One the film's biggest drawbacks is its overall visual appearance. Virtually every scene is shrouded in a misty haze (or should that be a hazy mist?) which makes it a bit difficult to watch. Was Conquest ever shown on a double bill with John Carpenter's The Fog? To make matters worse, the lighting and use of coloured filters in some scenes make it even harder to see what is going on. Add to this a poor script and an often incoherent story that amounts to little more than a series of action set-pieces and you have a film that seems to last twice as long as its 93 minute running time. Whilst watching Conquest I found myself constantly checking my DVD player's OSD to see how much time was left. I get the impression that the people who made this film got fed up with the project at some stage and they did not really care about the end result.

It hurts me to say these things about this film as it was directed by Lucio Fulci, one of my favourite directors. Before he died in 1996 Fulci made some very good movies in a variety of genres. Sadly, Conquest is not one of his better efforts although it is not as bad as Manhattan Baby or Touch Of Death!

The film's one possible saving grace, for people who like that sort of thing, is the high level of violence and the amount of blood and guts on display - a trademark of Fulci's films of the 1970s and 1980s. Heads are hacked off and bodies are ripped apart and in one particularly yucky scene Ilias is hit by a poisoned arrow which causes huge boils to break out all over his body, oozing blood and pus. More cake vicar?

There are also some interesting points to note for Fuci fans and fans of Italian cinema. Andrea Occhipinti played the deranged, sadistic killer in Fulci's The New York Ripper so it is interesting to see him cast as one of the heroes in this movie. The strange symbol on Mace's forehead is the same symbol that features significantly in Fulci's zombie film The Beyond and the character Zora could be a reference to Zora Kerova who appeared in The New York Ripper and Umberto Lenzi's Cannibal Ferox.

This DVD version from Blue Underground presents the film in a widescreen and uncut format. It is a shame though that the film will never look good in any version that is released due to the way it was shot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fulci does fantasy, 30 April 2010
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Azz McMahon (NSW, Australia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Conquest [DVD] [1984] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This one is a real curio to Fulci fans, who were used to his gore laden horror masterpieces such as Zombi, House by the Cemetery and The Beyond.

He jumped in on the Sword and Sorcery bandwagon here, which was booming at the time thanks to the Conan movies, and Conquest is definitely of that mould - though ultimately it's mediocre.

Basically a tale of two men who form a friendship and team up to defeat an evil priestess who controls a cult dedicated to ruling over the rising of the sun and sacrificing people to the priestess so she can eat their brains (presumably to keep her looks - hard to tell as she keeps her face hidden beneath a golden mask).

There are some typically cheesy 80's effects here - the magic arrows for one - though it's a cool idea for a bow if you're into that sort of thing. There are dog-men, a couple of gore effects here and there - one particularly nasty one is early in the film where a girl gets wishboned in fairly visceral fashion... The music is cheesily 80's as well - and if I remember correctly, was done by Italian musical legend Claudio Simonetti of Goblin - not one of his finest scores, it must be said.

The two leads are the classic chalk and cheese - one a young hero who looks like he was lost from Clash of the Titans, the other your older barbarian type, who has no love for men, but has a special affinity with animals and believes in his own moral code - if you kill an animal for a reason other than food, you're dead, plain and simple.

Typical of Fulci, the lines between good and evil aren't always so straight - and the heroes aren't entirely likable, but it's nowhere near as abstract as his horror movies were.

Most fantasy or Fulci fans won't be a fan of this, but there are worse examples of fantasy films out there, believe you me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Conquest, 10 Mar 2013
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A. J. Harrison (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Conquest [DVD] [1984] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
A young boy named Ilias is given some leather armour and a magical bow which was once held by the god Kronos. After been given these gifts he travels to a far away land where the evil Ohkren plagues the land. While there he befriends a local Barbarian Mace who has a strange bond with animals and together they decide to put a end to Ohkren's evil reign.

Lucio Fulci decided to jump onto the band wagon that the success of Conan had started. This genre was prohaps perfect for him to utilise his talents for creating ghostly images and gory special effects.

The film was co-produced and filmed in Mexico which explains why the lead actor, Jorge Rivero who plays Mace was Mexican. He makes for a impressive hero who has no love for humans as in one sequence he shots a old man with Ilias's bow just for target practise. He also refuses to kill animals and instead will steal a animal kill from someone else when looking for food. Ilias was played by young Italian actor Andrea Occhipinti and he took is good as the young heroic boy who wants to save the people and kill Ohkren (future sword and sorcery star Sabrina Siani, who spends the entire film topless).

This may not be as good as Conan but it is still a well made and visually impressive film. The story is a little cheesy and the effects do look poor as the evil queens soldiers all look like Chubaka from Star Wars. The magical bow obviously looks fake when it glows blue but that didn't really bother me to much.

Action wise the fights are pretty impressive and mix some nice slow motion to good effect, but sometimes I did find it hard to see what was happening due to the fog, the over exposed images and quick moving camera work. Which did look cool in some scenes but it got a bit to much after while.

I read that Claudio Simonetti's score wasn't as good as usual, but I've never really been a fan of his music so when I heard it, it didn't sound any worse than his usual soundtracks.

Overall a decent film that is far better than the Ator movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars weird but brilliant, 14 Nov 2012
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T. A. J. Leahy "tommygun" (croydon.surrey) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Conquest [DVD] [1984] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
well what can you say about conquest.its conan/krull/deathstalker/robin hood. all in one.its directed by my all time favourite italian horror director lucio fulci which surprised me in that it is not like his trademark films the beyond/city of the living dead.instead we got this weird but brilliant fantasy adventure.its got nudity/zombies/wolfmen/gore/magic bow and arrow and a woman in tin mask plus a irritating sound track.i wont try and explain the story its complete nonsense but for some strange reason so watchable at the same time.its got plenty of weird set pieces and loads of gore.watch out for the wishbone scene.all though its a italian/spanish/mexican production it still works well and the mixed cast pull it off.i still cant believe its not available on dvd in the uk but the good news is that there is a all region blue underground version that is uncut which you can get on amazon.fulci fans dont expect a horror masterpiece like the beyond but saying that it proves what a good director he was when he can make a film like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "..FANTASY CLASSIC..", 21 April 2012
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S. Drury "SDX-800" (U.K) - See all my reviews
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This is Fulcis Conan if you will, its a classic 80s fantasy movie with a barbaric theme and weird and wonderful creatures and sexy half naked women, like zombie conquest has its fair share of violence and gore all in the similar Fulci style, if you like these type of genre movies or are a big fan of Lucio Fulci then you should defiantly check this out.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What??!!, 16 April 2012
This review is from: Conquest [DVD] [1984] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I'm a huge Fulci fan and count his zombie epic 'The Beyond' as a personal favourite. This debacle of a movie on the other hand is almost unrecognisable as the work of the same director and is amateurish at every level. Boring, repetitive and an hour and a half of your life you'll never get back. Re-watch 'Zombie Flesh--Eaters, 'City of the Living Dead' or 'The Beyond' instead because 'Conquest' is awful!
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