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Erik the Conqueror

1963 1h 30m Adventure List
Reviews 29% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
A 10th-century Viking (Giorgio Ardisson) raised by the British is reunited in battle with his long-lost brother (Cameron Mitchell). Read More Read Less

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Christopher Lloyd The Film Yap It may be a cheap Italian-ish ripoff, but Erik the Conqueror has a cheesy DayGlo sort of charm. Rated: 4/5 Mar 9, 2020 Full Review James B Evans Starburst It's an average but fun action epic enlivened by a great director. Rated: 6/10 Aug 25, 2017 Full Review Alberto Abuín Espinof Brava manages to make the audience part of the adventure. [Full review in Spanish] Aug 19, 2016 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member hmm an italian viking movie action adventure Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member An Italian Viking epic? Why not? Some pretty impressive sets and location shooting pepper this so-so tale of Norsemen brothers, raised separately who are thrust back together through various machinations. It's OK, but nothing to write home about. I kept wanting it to be a bit more brutal, a bit more action packed, a bit more sexy, ...something. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member I'm a rabid Mario bava fan, but I must say that Erik the Conqueror is not one of my favorite Bava films. The sets provide a cool, surreal effect to parts of the film, but the story is jumbled and cheesy in a way that can't ultimately be saved by the atmosphere alone. The acting and death scenes are atrociously long and overdrawn, and even the fun Viking attack scenes feel like stock footage. An entertaining but ultimately flawed film that does not rank high on the scale of Bava's genre masterpieces. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member I'm a rabid Mario bava fan, but I must say that Erik the Conqueror is not one of my favorite Bava films. The sets provide a cool, surreal effect to parts of the film, but the story is jumbled and cheesy in a way that can't ultimately be saved by the atmosphere alone. The acting and death scenes are atrociously long and overdrawn, and even the fun Viking attack scenes feel like stock footage. An entertaining but ultimately flawed film that does not rank high on the scale of Bava's genre masterpieces. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member Not a bad movie considering it is a low budget 60s Italian Viking movie. Sure, there were some cliches involving twins, long lost siblings and tattoos, and the Viking Vestal Virgins with blue eye shadow was a little out of place. However, the story worked pretty well and the effects, although cheap were believable for the times. I think the ending would have been more satisfying had the hero and the villain gone toe to toe. However the irony and symbolism of the villains death was subtle enough and well thought out enough to make it work. Not a great movie, but hey, if you're looking for a 1960 Italian Viking movie this fits the bill. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member The land of the vikings looks and feels like a natural history diorama. Beside the wildly chaotic battle scenes - with flames and falling and obvious wide shots of stunt doubles - there is some inventive brutality. The Vikings vote with axes that solves nothing, only to decide things with a fight with burning metal. Great arrow ladder and terrible Christians. Not to mention saving the viking maiden so she can burn up on the funeral pyre of her dead husband. GREAT! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A 10th-century Viking (Giorgio Ardisson) raised by the British is reunited in battle with his long-lost brother (Cameron Mitchell).
Director
Mario Bava
Producer
Ferruccio De Martino
Screenwriter
Oreste Biancoli, Piero Pierotti, Mario Bava, Oreste Biancoli, Piero Pierotti, Mario Bava
Genre
Adventure
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Oct 18, 2017
Runtime
1h 30m
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