Film / Conquest

Conquest is a Spanish-Italian-Mexican Surreal Horror and Dark Heroic Fantasy Exploitation Film by Lucio Fulci with music by ex-Goblin member Claudio Simonetti. If that sounds absolutely insane to you, itís because it is.

As part of his Rite of Passage the young Illias is sent from his relatively idyllic and civilized homeland to a desolate barbarian marchland. On this quest he is armed only with his Ancestral Weapon, a bow said to be able to shoot arrows of pure sunlight. Illias is eventually joined by the misanthropic warrior Mace, who only has eyes for Illiasí bow. Meanwhile Ocron, the cruel sorceress ruling the lands, has a vision of a faceless man killing her with the very same bow. This sets the gears in motion that will lead to their unavoidable confrontation.

Compare and contrast Mario Bavaís Hercules in the Haunted World and Alfonso Bresciaís Iron Warrior.

This film provides examples of:

  • Achilles in His Tent: Ilias eventually takes Maceís advice and leaves, but overcomes his fear of dying and returns to save Mace.
  • A God Am I: Ocron, to the extent that she creates a cult centered around herself.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: There are zombies in the bog. Whether they are a natural part of the environment or a product of Zoraís influence is never explained.
  • The Faceless: Zora's face is allays hidden behind in the same armor-plates that covers the rest of his body.
  • Nature Hero: Mace somewhat deconstructs this. He apparently refuses to hunt animals himself, feeling more akin to them than to other humans, but he have no qualms with killing a human hunter to steal his prey nor with letting Ilias hunt for him.
  • Nominal Hero: Mace. He only joins Ilias because he is interested in his bow, and only starts to care about him when he considers him his friend.
  • Paper Tiger: After much buildup, Zora turns out to be an ineffectual coward.
  • Religion of Evil: Ocron has created a religion centered around her, while she herself seems to worship Zora.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Ocron or Okhren? Ilias or Ilius?
    • For that matter, even though all writings (including this page) call the character "Mace", his name in the movie is usually pronounced as "Mayks".