Erik the Conqueror / Gli invasori (1961)

3.0 out of 5

786 AD. After a village massacre, two Viking children are separated. One is raised by the English, the other by the Vikings. Twenty years later when war breaks out between the English and the Vikings they fight for the throne as enemies not realising that they are brothers.

This Mario Bava film featuring Cameron Mitchell, is a fairly entertaining medieval actioner that is heavy on style rather than substance featuring Bava's fantastic use of colour and lighting, rousing battle scenes and a spectacular score by Roberto Nicolosis. Where it fails is during the plodding middle of the film, the occasional bad wig and inaccurate costumes for the historical period it takes place in.

Otherwise this is not a bad time waster for a rainy afternoon.

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