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Conquest (1983)

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Genres:
Fantasy, Sword-And-Sorcery
Director:
Lucio Fulci Lucio Fulci
Starring:
Jorge Rivero Jorge Rivero
Andrea Occhipinti Andrea Occhipinti
Conrado San Martín Conrado San Martín
Violeta Cela Violeta Cela
José Gras José Gras

5.2 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Chad
Added: August 31, 2004
We open the movie up with Ilias (Andrea Occhipinti) being attacked by a pack of men and werewolf'ish creatures. He's able to hold his own with his bow for awhile, up until he runs out of arrows. At that point, he gets swarmed and starts to receive a royal beatdown. Things are looking bleak for our hero, until a man comes from out of nowhere and starts whoopstomping the critters with his bolo, chasing them away. He introduces himself as Maxz (Jorge Rivero), and makes a deal with Ilias; if he'll teach him how to use that bow of his, then Maxz will escort him across the land. Ilias agrees, and we have a team. Meanwhile, some of the surviving wolf-creatures have returned to their lair of sorts, and are discussing the events with their masked female leader Ocron (Sabrina Siani). She decides that she wants this magical weapon (Ilias' bow), and sends some of the wolf-people out after him. Ocron and a few of the wolves then decide to do some cocaine-like drugs, and Ocron has visions of Ilias killing her. I swear, I'm not making this up. Anywho, back to Ilias and Maxz, and we find them catching up to some female friends of Maxz and settling down for the evening. Ilias is awakened by one of the ladies, and just as they're about to go do a bit of the old in-and-out, the wolves appear and kill her. Ilias tries to fight them off with little success, and he's finally subdued enough to be kidnapped. When Maxz awakens, he finds his females slaughtered and Ilias missing, so he sets out to find him. Find him he does, and Ilias vows to avenge the deaths of those ladies by killing Ocron... but Maxz will have no part of this, as he believes that she is much too powerful for them to dispose of. So begins the main part of the movie.

The storyline here was definitely interesting throughout, with loads of bizarre sequences to be had. I'm not sure if the wolf-people were supposed to be werewolves or not; they may have just been some extremely bad costumes or something. All I know is that they came out looking like the bastard-child of your average werewolf and your average Star Wars wookie, which made for some very unintentional laughs whenever they'd pop on-screen. Throw in an assortment of other creatures, including some water-zombies, a doppleganger, some sort of sea-creatures, and arrow-shooting plants, mix in some innocent human killing by the heroes for target-practice, and cut-scene to the topless Ocron masturbating with live snakes every now and again, and you really can't go too wrong on the originality side of things. The storyline moves along nicely enough for the most part, with enough twists and changes in the plans to keep things interesting throughout. The only real problem of the film was during what I'll refer to as "the plant twist" so as not to spoil things. This wasn't a bad twist in the film story-line wise, but the way the scenes were presented made things get very boring, very quickly. A brief two-minute dialogue scene, an action scene, then a bit more dialogue would have sufficed, but instead, we get a hellacious amount of jibber-jabber which starts to bring down the entertainment factor quite quickly. Thankfully, it was just this one part of the storyline where things slow down, the rest is paced nicely enough.

Since the Fulci name is attached to this movie, you'd be right if you guessed that the gore effects were nicely done. If you're a fan of the way things were handled in Zombie (aka Zombi 2), then you won't be disappointed by the quality of the effects found here... though you may be a bit disappointed in the quantity presented. This isn't a gore-fest by any means, and while the blood does flow freely when needed, there's not a good number of scenes where decent effects are required, and a small bit of blood leaking from behind the clothes suffices.

One thing that did bug me about this film was the smoke effects that were used. In almost every scene, there's a huge amount of smoke surrounding the cast and happenings, which is annoying at best, and blocks a good portion of what's going on in the current scene at worst. Moderation definitely wasn't on the mans mind when he put all of that nonsense in here, but it's bearable in most scenes. The acting here is pretty typical of the genre and time, with the majority of the cast being bland but acceptable. Nothing great to be found in that department, but Sabrina Siani as Ocron definitely did the best in her role... though this could have been a result of her insistence on running around topless and with a barely-concealing bikini bottom.

Overall, worth a check-out if you're into the whole fantasy genre. Despite a few problems here and there, it's pretty enjoyable throughout and presents some pretty original visuals and happenings throughout its running-time. 7/10 from myself.
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