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, its 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, 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 Bavas Hercules in the Haunted World and Alfonso Brescias Iron Warrior.
This film provides examples of:
- Achilles in His Tent: Ilias eventually takes Maces 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.
- Arch-Enemy: Illias and Mace have Ocron, a mad queen who believes they're destined to kill her.
- Bittersweet Ending: Ocron is defeated, but Ilias is dead.
- Decoy Protagonist: Ilias checks the boxes of every High Fantasy Hero trope that lets the viewer assume he's going to be the one to kill Ocron. Unfortunately he never even got the chance to as he was killed during the third act of the film then the focus shifts to the Anti-Hero Mace, who sets out to avenge Ilias's death.
- Everything's Deader with Zombies: There are zombies in the bog. Whether they are a natural part of the environment or a product of Zoras influence is never explained.
- Evil Sorcerer: Ocron is an evil sorceress so powerful that she has created centered around herself; despite worshipping the spirit Zora herself.
- The Faceless: Zora's face is allays hidden behind in the same armor-plates that covers the rest of his body.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Mace. Around the middle of the movie he stops being the sidekick.
- The Man Behind the Monsters: Ocron in contrast to her Beast Man minions.
- Mind Screw: Similar to the visuals the plot unfolds in an almost dream-like manner. This leaves a lot of things vague, unexplained or just plain weird.
- 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".