Conquest (1983)

Mace versus dog soldier!
Mace versus dog soldier!

Youthful hero Ilias (Andrea Occhipinti) goes on a quest, helped by a tough outlaw named Mace (Jorge Rivero), in a land terrorised by warriors following the orders of villainess Ocron (Sabrina Siani).

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Lucio (ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS) Fulci’s foray into the sword and sorcery genre, hazily lensed with filters and fog that constantly softens the image, boasts his trademark gore moments, 80s Italian synth score and a madcap lack of coherence.

He's got a magic bow!
He’s got a magic bow!
Mace is caught by, er, cobwebby thingies!
Mace is caught by, er, cobwebby thingies!
 There's a reason Ocron wears a mask...
There’s a reason Ocron wears a mask…

Wolf-headed warriors, a magical bow that fires laser arrows, rock-dwelling beings covered in what looks like spider webs, several snakes and a topless, mask-wearing villainess (who is finally revealed to have a hideous ghoul-face) add a lot of colour to this yarn.

Wolf-headed dude!
Wolf-headed dude!
Cobweb-covered thingy!
Another cobweb-covered thingy!

Fulci’s sadistic side comes to the fore with a woman getting split in two, bloody head-bashings, a wolf-headed warrior being roasted slowly on a red-hot boulder and lots of close-ups of festering pustules that start to cover a character’s body.

Bloody scalping
Bloody scalping
Roasted wolf warrior
Roasted wolf warrior

Well-shot footage of sunsets and landscapes, some crude special effects (a deluge of darts fired from foliage seems to have been created by simply scratching lines on the film stock) and odd moments like the part where the hero is saved by dolphins (!) make this a diverting, cheap, cheesy hodgepodge of scenes in search of a plot.

Deadly dart attack... or are they just scratches on the film?!
Deadly dart attack… or are they just scratches on the film?!
 Ocron talks to the wolf warrior leader
Ocron talks to the wolf warrior leader
This is what Ocron really looks like!
This is what Ocron really looks like!
This is gonna hurt...
This is gonna hurt…

CONQUEST is certainly no classic. It is rather plodding at times, but this dreamy, dirgy, disjointed fantasy flick has its moments. I especially liked the scene featuring the fight with swamp-dwelling zombies and there’s also a surprising demise of a main character.

Swamp zombies!
Swamp zombies!
A swamp zombie gets skewered
A swamp zombie gets skewered

Here’s some colourful artwork for the film…

video artwork
artwork
Poster
Poster

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