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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, it’s 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 Illias’ bow.Meanwhile Ocron, the cruel sorceress ruling the lands, have 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.

It holds the dubious honor of being possibly the most interesting and the most overlooked of the many Sword and Sorcery flicks that came out during the 80s following Conan the Barbarian (1982) and The Beastmaster.And the film can either be enjoyed genuinely for its intensely dreamlike atmosphere, its unique visuals and its subversion of The Hero's Journey, or in a So Bad, It's Good way for it’s less than stellar special effect and cheesy English dub.

Compare and contrast Mario Bava’s Hercules in the Haunted World and Alfonso Brescia’s Iron Warrior.


This film provides examples of:

The New York RipperCreator/Lucio FulciThe Running Man
City of the Living DeadItalian FilmsDeep Red
ChristineFilms of the 1980sCujo

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