“Erik the Conqueror” was Bava’s attempt to rip off “The Vikings”. Honestly, I felt he made a far more compelling movie. The conflict between George Ardisson and Cameron Mitchell is quite palpable. Plus, you don’t have to deal with Kirk Douglas hamming it up in every other scene. It’s neat seeing the non horror films were Bava buried his signature style to try and make something American. Not at always great, but always entertaining…I’d love to see a box set of these genre films.

Until now, I’ll spend my days revisiting them one-by-one due to the efforts of people like Arrow. What I thought was great was that Arrow included a comparison of The Vikings to Erik the Conqueror. There’s enough lifts present to really stretch that Vikings homage claim. That being said, the movie stands up as a solid Bava entry. Why is it that I only enjoy Cameron Mitchell when he’s in a Bava film? I don’t expect strangers to understand, but it’s something that has been tugging at my brain for a bit. Go ahead and pick this one up.


  • Commentary
  • Interview
  • Original Ending
  • Film Comparison


  • 2.35:1 1080p transfer
  • LPCM 1.0


  • 95%
    Video - 95%
  • 93%
    Audio - 93%
  • 94%
    Supplemental Material - 94%
  • 91%
    Film Score - 91%

The Plot Thus Far

In 1961, director Mario Bava (Rabid Dogs, Kill Baby Kill) turned his hand to the historical adventure genre, capitalizing on the recent success of 1958’s Kirk Douglas vehicle The Vikings. The result was a colorful, swashbuckling epic of treachery, heroism and forbidden love: Erik the Conqueror. In 786 AD, the invading Viking forces are repelled from the shores of England, leaving behind a young boy – Erik, son of the slain Viking king. Years later, Erik (George Ardisson, Juliet of the Spirits), raised by the English queen as her own, becomes Duke of Helford, while across the sea, his brother Eron (Cameron Mitchell, Blood and Black Lace) assumes leadership of the Viking horde and sets his sights on conquering England once again, setting the two estranged brothers on a collision course that will determine the fates of their respective kingdoms… Featuring a bombastic score by frequent collaborator Roberto Nicolosi (Black Sunday) and memorably co-starring the stunning Kessler twins (Sodom and Gomorrah), Erik the Conqueror showcases Bava’s immense talent for creating awe-inspiring spectacle with limited resources. Now restored in high definition for the first time, Arrow Video is proud to present this cult classic in all its original splendor.

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