Hot Picks

- Ready for My Close Up 2019

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Bring Him Back Dead 2022

- Final Caller 2020

- Glasshouse 2021

- 3 Demons 2022

- Riki the Rhino 2020

- The Bloody Man 2020

- Paradise Motel 2022

- Getting Toasted 2019

- Prosper 2014

- Fresh Hell 2021

- Father of the Flying Car 2022

- Ten Doors 2021

- Fair Game 1986

- H.P. Lovecraft's Witch House 2021

- American Werewolves 2022

- Corpse Control 2021

- The Legend of Santa 2021

- A Town Full of Ghosts 2022

- When Darkness Falls 2022

- The Expat 2021

- Potato Dreams of America 2021

- Orangutan 2021

- Don't Sell Me a Dog 2021

- The Policeman's Lineage 2022

- The Tortured Soul 2022

- Death Count 2022

- Project Skyquake 2022

- Erzulie 2022

- Spin State 2022

- The Fall of the Queens 2021

- The Spinning Man 2018

- Seduction of Distance 2021

- The Prey: Legend of Karnoctus 2022

- Eyes Upon Waking 2022

- You Like to Draw? 2021

- Double Threat 2022

- Bodies Will Tumble and Roll 2022

- Slapface 2021

- Goons 2022

- Decline 2021

- Tales from the Other Side 2022

- Scare Zone 2009

- London Bridge is Falling Down - Build it Up Again! 2022

- Rondo and Bob 2020

- Mascarpone 2021

- They Talk 2021

- Motherly 2021

- A Little Dead 2022

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

Gli Invasori

Erik the Conqueror
La Ruée des Vikings / The Invaders / Fury of the Vikings

Italy/France 1961
produced by
Ferruccio De Martino for Galatea Film, Critérion Film, Societé Cinématographique Lyre
directed by Mario Bava
starring Cameron Mitchell, George Ardisson, Alice Kessler, Ellen Kessler, Andrea Checchi, Jean-Jacques Delbo, Francoise Christophe, Franco Giacobini, Raf Baldassarre, Enzo Doria, Joe Robinson, Gianni Solaro, Franco Ressell, Livia Contardi, Folco Lulli
written by Oreste Biancoli, Piero Pierotti, Mario Bava, music by Roberto Nicolosi, cinematography by Mario Bava, Ubaldo Terzano, assistant director: Franco Prosperi

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Available on DVD !

To buy, click on link(s) below and help keep this site afloat

Always make sure of DVD-compatibility !!!


Whenever in the Middle Ages: The Vikings have pretty much run over Great Britain, but British King Lotar (Franco Ressel) decides to negotiate a treaty with Viking King Harald (Folco Lulli), a man of sound mind ... but Lotar's second in command Rutford (Andrea Checchi) sees to it that Harald's troops are lured into an ambush and are slaughtered, and when Lotar threatens to punish him for that, Rutford sees to it that he too is killed, but makes it look like the deed of a viking. Harald has two baby sons though, and while one, Eron, is taken back to Scandinavia where the vikings regroup, the other somehow gets lost and is later found by the British queen Alice (Francoise Christophe), who raises him as her own son, Erik.

Twenty years pass: Eron (Cameron Mitchell, who at 43 did not look the part of a twentysomething anymore) has become a viking leader, and he intends to invade Britain to avenge the death of his father - but to do so he has teamed up with Rutford, oblivious to the fact it was him who betrayed the vikings.

Erik (George Ardisson) on the other hand has become commander of the British fleet, which he is now leading against the vikings - but unbeknowest to him, Rutford has sent a traitor with him, who sets the fleet aflame during battle, making all their efforts futile. Surprisingly Erik survives, is washed upon Scandinavian shores, and finds abode in a viking village.

Eron meanwhile has conquered the castle of the British queen, has taken her hostage, and has installed Rutford as regent in his absence.

Erik falls in love with Rama (Alice Kessler), a priestess and the twin sister of Eron's fiancée Daya (Ellen Kessler), and Rama promises to reunite Erik with his mother during Eron's and Daya's wedding ... but at the wedding, Erik mistakes Daya for Rama, causes a ruckus, is recognized as the leader of the British fleet, and is neatly tied up. It's only in the night when everybody is sleeping that Rama frees him and goes to Britain with him and his mother, where Erik plans to form an army to reconquer the royal castle. But when his army approaches the castle, they realize the vikings have already landed in Britain and outnumber the Brits two to one.

So Erik challenges Eron to an one-on-one fight, which Eron accepts, and it seems Eron has little trouble defeating Erik - when he spots the tattoo on his shoulder that identifies him as a viking prince and his long-lost brother. Immediately, Eron wants to make peace with the Brits, but Rutford's not one to easily give up his post ...

 

On a story level, Erik the Conqueror has little to offer in terms of originality, it's just a formulaic period piece like so many others produced in Italy during that time. But the film really succeeds in its camerawork and its (sometimes psychedelic) use of colour and lighting that not only make up for the film's budgetary restraints but manage to give the film an eerie atmosphere all of its own, both of which of course thanks to its director, Mario Bava, then still at the beginning of his directing career and not yet the celebrated horror maestro of later years.

And that said, Erik the Conqueror is not among director Mario Bava's better films, it's just formulaic genre fare - but it's very beautiful to look at and ought to rate high on the nostalgia scale.

 

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Deerslayer

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Edgar Wallace made in Germany

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Quatermass

Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Three Supermen

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

Feeling lucky ?
Want to
search
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there !!!

Find Erik the Conqueror
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports ?
Find Erik the Conqueror here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty ?
(Must be over 18 to go there !)

x-rated  find Erik the Conqueror at adultvideouniverse.com


Thanks for watching !!!

 

 

Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
-
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner

 

Out now from
Amazon!!!

 

 

 

On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide
WHICH IS WORSE!!!

 

A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
starring
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD