AoC Age of Conan Class Guide

Assassin

No other class can deliver blows as deadly as an assassin. Their arsenal of lethal combos is complemented by their ability to slip past enemies unseen.

Assassins can dual wield daggers with lightning speed and can modify their attacks against specific targets, such as unholy attacks against heavily armored foes, or poison attacks versus mana users. Few can stand against an assassin in combat.” –

Archetype: Rogue Permitted Races: Aquilonian, Stygian Weapons: Daggers, crossbows, and dual-wielding Armor: Cloth armor and silk armor

Barbarian

“The barbarian is one of the most dangerous and feared sights on the battlefield. Their combat style focuses on strength, aggression, and relentless assault.

Whether wielding two-handed weapons that sweep through enemy lines or fighting with a weapon in each hand, when the opportunity to deliver that devastating killing blow comes, they are ready.

Wounding barbarians enrages them, making them stronger and more deadly in battle and their varied array of powerful attacks can knock an enemy senseless, immobilize them, or make the very ground shake around them.

Like other rogues, they excel at sneaking and the arts of ambushing.” -Archetype: Rogue Permitted Races: Cimmerian, Aquilonian Weapons: One-handed edged, one-handed blunts, two-handed edged, two-handed blunts, bows, thrown weapons, and dual wielding. Armor: Cloth armor and light armor

Bear Shaman

“The spirit of nature is strong in Cimmeria and has begun to manifest itself amongst the barbarians of the north.

Bear shamans can inherit aspects of the great bear like claws, savage strength or adrenaline surges and use spirit totems that heal and counter- attack enemy blows. They can also gain the power to heal and eventually resurrect fallen companions.

Bear shamans are able to equip the heaviest priest armor (medium) and are the sturdiest of all the priests. Capable of mighty combos with their two-handed weapons, and a complement of druidic enchantments, this makes them fearsome enemies in combat. In common with other priests, they also have many healing powers.” –

Archetype: Priest Permitted races: Cimmerian Weapons: Two-handed blunts, bows, crossbows, and thrown weapons Armor: Cloth armor, light armor, and medium armor

Conqueror “Conquerors are a sword-wielding fusion of heavy armor and

battlefield command, rare individuals rising from the ranks of Aquilonian generals and barbarous Cimmerian war-leaders.

The conqueror’s martial might is almost unparalleled and they manipulate those fighting around them inspiring allies, demoralizing foes and drawing strength from the fury of battle. Conquerors are capable soldiers but their ability to augment their allies with battle-cries and inspirational auras, as well as causing disarray and degrading the fighting capability of the enemy make them unmatched masters of the battleground around them. They wield formidable two-handed weapons and can dual-wield for even more offensive power.”

Archetype: Soldier Permitted races: Aquilonian, Cimmerian Weapons: One-handed blunts, two-handed blunts, one-handed edged, two-handed edged, crossbows, thrown weapons, and dual wielding. Armor: Heavy armor, medium armor, and light armor.

Dark Templar

“Dark Templars combine heavy armor, martial prowess and bloodthirsty magic with an all consuming desire for triumph.

They are warriors who have sold their humanity for unholy might, the power to feed upon the life of their enemies, spells that can reflect enemy attacks and unnatural powers of rejuvenation that have a darker, nightmarish twist to them.

Dark Templars wear heavy battle armor, have the lethal offensive capability of an expert soldier and wield vile sorcery. Their spells can leech life to enable a dark templar to heal themselves or their allies, conjure protective iwards and unleash occult energies against enemies around them. They can even sacrifice their own life-force to power their invocations.”

Archetype: Soldier Permitted races: Aquilonian, Cimmerian Weapons: One-handed edged, one-handed blunts, crossbows, and thrown weapons. Armor: Heavy armor, medium armor, light armor, and shields

Demonologist

“The demonologist is the mightiest of sorcerers, wielding the power of hell and earth and capable of conjuring pillars of flame or titanic storms of electricity.

So great is their occult knowledge they can bargain a servant of hell into doing their bidding, a guardian daemon of warped beauty and terrible might. Demonologists concentrate solely on sorcery and the potency of their spells is unmatched, as capable of eliminating a single enemy in a hellish inferno as destroying enemy lines with forks of lightning. They can sacrifice their own life-force in return for more occult power and they are most potent when they can devote their spell energies solely to attack.”

Archetype: Mage Permitted races: Stygian Weapons: Daggers, crossbows, and thrown weapons Armor: Cloth and silk armor

Guardian

“Guardians are the most heavily armored and well drilled soldiers in Hyboria. Capable of withstanding punishment like no other, they also have an array of deadly attacks that deal devastating damage.

There is no more imposing sight in battle than a phalanx of guardians in full plate armor bearing sword and shield or ranked behind an impenetrable wall of pikes.

The guardian is the sturdiest of all the soldiers and their strength lies in their ability to mitigate damage with their heavy armor and shield. They do not use magic but focus on fighting with sword and shield or wielding pole arms capable of sweeping through ranks of enemies. As well as daunting defenses, they are renowned for their devastating charges, capable of ripping through enemy lines and slaughtering their opponents.”

Archetype: Soldier Permitted Races: Aquilonian, Cimmerian Weapons: One-handed edged, one-handed blunts, polearms, crossbows, and thrown weapons Armor: Full plate, heavy armor, medium armor, light armor, and shield

Herald of Xotli

“Heralds of Xotli are hybrids of the mage and soldier archetypes who wield alien spells and two handed weapons, making them a formidable enemy on the battlefield.

This class is for players who want to master both brutal swordplay and spectacular sorcery. The result of demonology that went beyond the realms of hell and earth and out into the cold empty wastes beyond the realm of existence, they now faithfully serve Xotli, a demon-god of the Elder Night and an entity even the Atlanteans learned to fear.” –

Archetype: Mage Permitted races: Stygian Weapons: Two-handed edged, crossbows, daggers, and thrown weapons Armor: Cloth and silk armor

Necromancer

“Necromancers summon and command the undead, and they are legion. Their ghoulish minions are capable of tearing men apart or casting their own death magic.

The rotten corpses of the dead follow wherever the necromancer leads. The dark magic wielded by necromancers ranges from the unholy to pestilent corruption and the freezing touch of death. Through careful study they can develop the ability to call corpses from the earth to rise up and surround a foe or even attain lichdom, turning themselves into terrifying undead arch mages.”

Archetype: Mage Permitted races: Stygian Weapons: Daggers, crossbows, and thrown weapons Armor: Cloth and silk armor

Priest of Mitra

“Priests of Mitra wield divine power that can aid, heal, and even bring the dead to life.

Their god is one of justice, security, and liberty, and their followers are ready to fight to ensure these freedoms and to battle against oppression, tyranny, and villainy. Priests of Mitra also have the strongest healing powers. They also have the ability to bombard the enemy with holy damage.

Priests of Mitra wear light armor and use martial weapons. Their powers to augment those around, heal wounds, and impair enemies make them indispensable to any party exploring Hyboria.” –

Archetype: Priest Permitted races: Aquilonian Weapons: One-handed blunts, one-handed edged, daggers, crossbows, and thrown weapons Armor: Cloth armor, light armor, and shields

Ranger

“Rangers are the finest marksmen in Hyboria, capable of stalking an enemy and delivering devastating shots with pinpoint accuracy. From the skilled woodsmen of the Bossonian Marches to the shortbow wielding horsemen of the Stygian desert, their skills with a bow set them apart from other warriors.

With an arsenal of specialist shots that can pin an enemy down, start bleeding wounds or pierce an enemy’s heart, they are difficult opponents.

Knights fall to their fletched shafts and all the magic in hell cannot save a sorcerer with an arrow in their throat. They can fight in melee with swords and maces and wear medium armor, but their strengths lay with the bow.”

Archetype: Rogue Permitted Races: Cimmerian, Stygian, Aquilonian Weapons: One-handed blunts, one-handed edged, daggers, bows, crossbows, and dual-wield Armor: Cloth armor, light armor, medium armor, and shields

Tempest of Set

“These priests wield the awesome destructive might of Set, the snake god of Stygia.

This elder god, ancient when man was young, rewards his most faithful disciplies with mighty powers; lightning strikes that can tear the tops from mountains or lay waste to entire regions.

These followers of Set are renowned for the obliteration and ruin that follows in their wake, but like other priests, they have the power to heal en masse and restore life. As well as a variety of martial weapons, light armor, and shields, they can also wield magical talismans in the form of ancient tomes or the hearts of slain monsters.” –

Archetype: Priest Permitted Races: Stygian Weapons: One-handed blunts, one-handed edged, polearms, daggers, bows, crossbows, and thrown weapons. Armor: Cloth armor, light armor, and shields.

Blu-Ray Movies Perfect For Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, and there’s no better way to put you in the mood than with some scary horror movies. Below are some of the best Blu-ray movies available. They range from the truly horrifying (Carrie, Halloween, and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), to the somewhat lighter side (Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn and The Nightmare Before Christmas). But all these movies are sure to frighten and entertain you and your friends this Halloween.

The Shining [Blu-ray]
Many consider this to be THE greatest horror film ever made. Writer Jack Torrance, played by Jack Nicholson, becomes the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel in a secluded part of Colorado. Jack brings along his family. His wife, played by Shelly Duvall and their young son stay with him at the hotel. The hotel is abandoned during the winter, Jack will have only his family for company. Strange and eerie things begin to happen during their stay at the hotel. Danny, Jack’s son, is able to envisions brutally graphic images by a force called ‘the shining’. Jack is soon affected by this. With a serious case of writer’s block and the evil demons of the hotel tormenting him, Jack has a mental breakdown and begins his own version of family bonding fun.

Video Quality:
Video codec: VC-1
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Audio Quality:
English: LPCM 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
Special Features:
– The Making of “The Shining”
– View from the Overlook: Crafting “The Shining”
– Wendy Carlos, Composer
– The Visions of Stanley Kubrick

Bram Stoker’s Dracula [Blu-ray]

The often told story of Dracula takes on new life, in this extravagant and lavish production. With outstanding performances from Gary Oldman as the Count and Winona Rydar as Mina Murray. They play star-crossed lovers, who’s turbulent romance transcends the centuries. Mina is engaged to another man and the Count feeds off the living. The cast also includes Anthony Hopkins, who is Van Helsing, the vampire slayer. Who plays the part with the perfect amount of gusto. As does Tom Waits as Renfield, the hapless slave Of Count Dracula, who has a fondness for the blood of cats and insects. Sadie Frost makes for a vibrant Lucy Westenra. And then there is Keanu Reeves, who plays Jonathon Harker; fiance to Mina Murray. In his version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula; Francis Ford Coppola has made a film that has a bit of everything; blood and gore, high-speed horseback chases, lots of passion and longing. What more can you ask for Halloween.

Video Quality:
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Audio Quality:
English: LPCM 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Hungarian: Dolby Digital 5.1
Czech: Dolby Digital 5.1
Polish: Dolby Digital 5.1
Russian: Dolby Digital 4.0
Special Features:
– Introduction by FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA
– Audio Commentary by FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA
– Deleted Scenes
– The Blood is the Life: The Making of Dracula
– The Costumes are the Sets: The Design of Eiko Ishioka, In-Camera: The Naive Visual Effects of Dracula
– Method and Madness: Visualizing Dracula)
– Youth Without Youth Trailer

An American Werewolf in London (Full Moon Edition) [Blu-ray]

Simply put An American Werewolf in London is a cult classic, featuring groundbreaking make-up effects by Academy Award winner Rick Baker. Its combination of the macabre and biting sense of humor make it one the most astonishing horror movies ever made. Directed by John Landis, of National Lampoon’s Animal House; he puts his own spin on the classic werewolf tale. Set in London, it is about two American tourists who venture out for a stroll on the Moors one night during a full moon. One violent wolf attack later and their lives are changed forever. Also included in this digitally remastered Full Moon Edition is the new feature-length documentary Beware the Moon.

Video Quality:
Video codec: VC-1
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Audio Quality:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: DTS 2.0 Mono
German: DTS 2.0 Mono
Italian: DTS 2.0 Mono
Spanish: DTS 5.1
Special Features:
– Beware the Moon (SD, 1:37:37)
– I Walked with a Werewolf (1080i, 7:31)
– Making An American Werewolf in London: An Original Featurette (SD, 5:15)
– An Interview with John Landis (SD, 18:20)
– Makeup Artist Rick Baker on An American Werewolf in London (SD, 11:14)
– Casting of the Hand (SD, 10:59)
– Outtakes (SD, 3:08)
– Storyboards (SD, 2:28)
– Photograph Montage (SD, 3:45)
– Feature Commentary with Cast Members David Naughton and Griffin Dunne
– BD-Live Functionality

Carrie [Blu-ray]

It “catches the mind, shakes it and refuses to let it go”; this is what Time magazine said about Carrie, the movie based on the best-selling Stephen King novel. Other critics like Robert Ebert; “absolutely spellbinding” and the Los Angeles Times “outrageously witty” agree. Making this one of the all time great classic horror movies. Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie give Academy Awarded nominated performances, in this quintessential revenge story. The story revolves around a girl named Carrie (Spacek), who is cruelly and often picked on in high school. A misfit with out any friends or confidence, and who is unaware of her extraordinary telekinesis powers. But with the help of her deranged mother and masochistic schoolmates who push her to the breaking point, she unleashes her wrath onto anyone who gets in her way. She leaves in her wake a cinematic flurry of blood, fire and brimstone.

Video Quality:
Video codec: MPEG-2
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Audio Quality:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English Mono
Spanish Mono
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Special Features:
– 1080p Trailers for:
Carrie
The Amityville Horror
The Terminator

Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn [Blu-ray]
Evil Dead II is more of a remake than a sequel. Armed with a higher budget, writer-director Sam Rami was able to bring more decapitations, zombies, supernatural monsters and bloodshed. Even with these elements involved, the movie itself is a hilarious, finely tuned slapstick satire of horror films. Rami takes ever horror cliche and amplifies it with extraordinary special effects, along with jeering juvenile humor. The plot is a simple one, several teenagers go to the country for a holiday. They stay in a broken down cabin in the woods, miles from anywhere. There they discover the Book of the Dead. Soon the accidentally unleash a supernatural evil being that kill everyone. All except the character Ash. Played by Bruce Campbell, in one of the greatest frenzied feats of physical comedy every seen on film. He spend most of the film getting his body brutalized while fighting this supernatural evil. While mainly unseen in theaters, this film has become a hugely influential cult video.

Video Quality:
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Audio Quality:
English: LPCM 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Special Features:
– Commentary featuring writer/director Sam Raimi, actor Bruce Campbell, co-writer Scott Spiegel, and make-up artist Greg Nicotero.
– “Film Fast Facts.”
– Evil Dead 2: Behind-The-Screams (480p, 17 minutes)
– The Gore the Merrier (480p, 32 minutes)

Hellboy II: The Golden Army [Blu-ray]

The sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy, The Golden Army continues the stroy of the red demon superhero and his friends. An ancient treaty between humans and creatures is broken by an evil elf. He declares war against humanity and he attempts to revive The Golden Army to help him wage this war. The Golden Army is a group of deadly fighting machines who can bring the human race to its end. It is up to Hellboy (Ron Perlman) and his crew, Liz (Selma Blair), Abe (Doug Jones) and protoplasmic mystic Johann, to stop the evil elf before The Golden Army can destroys them all.

Video Quality:
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Audio Quality:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
Spanish: DTS 5.1
French: DTS 5.1
Special Features:
– 2 Audio Commentaries
– Documentary
– Featurettes
– Deleted Scenes
– Still Galleries
– Digital Copy

Halloween [Blu-ray]

One chilly Halloween night in Haddonfield, Illinois in 1963, a six year old child named Micheal Myers viciously killed his teenage sister after she had sex with her boyfriend. Micheal is taken to Smith’s Grove Warren County Sanitarium and locked up under the care of Dr. Simon Loomis. The doctor is the only one who truly see the evil that is within Micheal Myers. Michael is able to escape the sanitarium on October 1978. Dr. Loomis is witness to the escape and travels to Haddonfield, Illinois where he knows Michael will murder again once Halloween night arrives. Michael soon stakes three teenage girls, Laurie Strode, Annie and Lynda. Along with the local sheriff, Dr. Loomis tries to track down Michael and stop him from his savage killings.

Video Quality:
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Audio Quality:
English: LPCM 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: Dolby Digital Mono
Special Features:
– Audio Commentary
– Documentary
– Theatrical Trailer

Halloween Starter Pack (Land of the Dead / Dawn of the Dead / The Thing) [Blu-ray]

This box set includes three blu-ray movies ‘The Thing (1982),’ ‘Land of the Dead’ and ‘Dawn of the Dead (2004).’ Each is on an individual disc, and identical as the previously-released stand-alone editions.

The Thing: John Carpenter is at his terrifying best with this sci-fi thriller. A 12 man research team gets standard in the Antarctica and stumbles upon an alien being that has been buried there for over 100,000 years.

Land of the Dead: In a modern day world where the walking dead roam the streets, the remaining living people try to eke out a normal life behind the walls of a fortified city. Quickly, a new society emerges built by a few merciless opportunist. They dwell in the high skyscrapers high above the mean and deadly streets. However, beyond the city walls, the army of the dead is slowly evolving and soon treating the city’s survival. Mercenaries are hired to fight this threat.

Dawn of the Dead: Zombies have taken over, resulting in chaos and carnage. Four frighten survivors seek refuse inside a shopping mall. The barricade themselves there and fight the ever relentless zombie horde. This classic horror film still remains as a landmark in make-up effects (Tom Savini), and is truly one of the most important films in the horror genre.

Video Quality:
Video codec: VC-1
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Audio Quality:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Spanish: DTS 5.1
French: DTS 5.1
Special Features:
Land of the Dead
– The Remaining Bits (480p, 2:56)
– When Shaun Met George (480p, 12:59)
– Land of the Dead. Scenes of Carnage (480p, 1:43)
– Zombie Effects: From Green Screen to Finished Scene (480p, 3:18)
– Bringing the Storyboards to Life (480p, 7:55)
– Scream Tests: Zombie Casting Call (480p, 1:04)

Interview with the Vampire [Blu-ray]

Horror Author Anne Rice’s much beloved cult classic from 1976 is brought to the screen in this 1994 adaptation. The movie chronicles the life of a 18th-century nobleman Louis de Pointe du Lac, played by Brad Pitt. One night he is bitten by a powerful vampire named Lestat de Lioncourt. Though initially captivated with the life of the undead, Louis is unable to come to grips with the lifestyle. Especially the killing of humans. He soon gets despairing about being undead. To help him, Lestat creates yet another vampire, played by Kirsten Dunst. She is turned when she is a young girl, so therefore will never age. Also, staring in the movie is Antonio Banderas, who plays a 400 year old vampire Armand. Christian Slater plays the radio producer who interviews Louis. Directed by Neil Jordan, the film is able to create the decadence and erotic passion of the novel. While never forgetting its rich darker tones.

Video Quality:
Video codec: VC-1
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Audio Quality:
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 2.0
Spanish: Dolby Digital 1.0
Special Features:
– Audio Commentary
– Documentary
– Introduction
– Theatrical Trailer

The Nightmare Before Christmas [Blu-ray]

Digitally restored and remastered with state-of-the-art technology, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS becomes more glorious than ever. The story revolves around the Pumpkin King Jack Skellington, who is getting bored with the same old scary routine he is used to. Wanting to spread the joy of Christmas, his mission soon puts Santa in danger. As well as creating a nightmare for good little boys and girls. Danny Elfman provides the fantastic soundtrack to the imaginations of Tim Burton and Henry Selick film creation. With this Blu-ray edition The Nightmare Before Christmas is now more frightening and extraordinary then ever.

Video Quality:
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Audio Quality:
English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese: Dolby Digital 2.0
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Special Features:
– Audio Commentary
– Documentary
– Tim Burton Short Films
– Tim Burton’s Original Poem
– Featurettes
– Deleted Scenes
– Still Galleries
– Trailers
– DisneyFile Digital Copy

Poltergeist [Blu-ray]

Poltergeist, in the beginning, starts out on a playful tone. The Freeling family having moved into a new housing development, with a somewhat ‘unique’ kitchen; to say the least. But soon things turn darker. One night there is a storm, a tree attacks the family and Carol Anne Freeling is abducted into a spectral void. The family encounters horrors beyond belief in trying to bring young Carol Anne back. Produced by Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall and directed by Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Poltergeist is a landmark in using special effects to bring out the jaw dropping frights. Whether its floating phantasms, monsters popping out of closets, or an entire house disappearing into nothing, Poltergeist deliverers the scares.

Video Quality:
Video codec: VC-1
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Audio Quality:
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: Dolby Surround Stereo
French: Dolby Surround Stereo
Spanish: Dolby Surround Stereo
Special Features:
– Featurette

Saw [Blu-ray]
In a dirty abandoned bathroom, two men wake up to find themselves chained on opposite sides of the room. Between them is a dead man lying in a pool of blood and holding a tape recorder and a revolver. Both men have a cassette tape. When played it reveals a task for both. One is to kill the other by 6:00 or his wife and child will die. Hacksaws are also found, but they are unable to saw through their chains. Both have become victims of the Jigsaw Killer. Through a series of flashbacks we learn of more victim of this killer, who actually never kills anyone. Instead he finds clever and sadistic ways for the victims to either kill themselves or each other. He is meticulous in his planning, with seemingly no way, or is there?

Video Quality:
Video codec: MPEG-2
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Audio Quality:
English: Dolby Digital 5.1 EX
English: DTS-ES Matrix 6.1
Special Features:
– None

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre [Blu-ray]

Many people have tried to describe The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, calling it grisly, sick, perverse and raw. But without a doubt it is a movie that redefined the horror genre. Churches organized protested against it. Governments went as far as banning the movie. Only a few scant, brave critics dared give the movie any kind of acclaim. Audiences were astounded by it worldwide. Setting a new standard in terror. The writer-producer-director responsible was Tobe Hooper, who in 1974 brought us a story of five friends who face the ultimate nightmare at the hands of a psychotic Texas family. Regarded as one of the most frightening movies ever made, it is also a shining example of independent film-making.

Video Quality:
Video codec: TBA
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Audio Quality:
English: Dolby Digital 5.1 EX
English: DTS-ES Matrix 6.1
Special Features:
– Audio Commentaries
– Documentaries
– Featurettes
– Still Galleries
– Theatrical Trailers

Ten Great Vampire Movies

I’m a big fan of horror movies, and especially of a good vampire movie. While there are tons of cheap crap vampire movies out there, there are is also a wide array of great movies that, best of all, vary in style from one film to another. The trouble with making a top ten list for vampire movies is that some people like comedies, others like the strange surreal films, while others want blood and guts and the scariest movie they can find.

So my top ten movie list is focusing on ten great, diverse vampire movies. This list is the top ten for variety in this genre. This list will show you the wide variety of options directors have when using vampires as the subject of their films.

Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie des Gravens (1922)

This is the grandfather of all vampire movies, a movie that never should have been made. This film is a black and white silent picture that stars Max Schrek as the creepy Count Orlock. This film was an expressionist film that remains extremely popular today, but because of a weird way: half the people who still watch this film find Nosferatu extremely creepy and scary, while the other half find it campy and hilarious.

This is one of the earliest vampire films, and after it’s release, Bram Stoker’s widow sued the director, saying this was a blatant rip off of her late husband’s novel: Dracula. The court found in her favor, and every negative of this film was supposed to have been destroyed, but pirate copies kept cropping up all over the place. Once the copyright to Dracula wore off (copyrights last 70 years after the author’s death), the movie was re-released in DVD format and is now available on DVD. Whether this movie hits you as very creepy or hilarious, it’s worth seeing.

John Carpenter’s Vampires (1998)

John Carpenter’s Vampires is one of the better recent vampire movies that actually takes the effort to be a vampire movie, and not an action film disguised as a vampire movie. James Woods plays the role of the main protagonist, a vampire hunter who is obsessed with wiping the mall out with his team after he witnessed his parents murdered by the blood sucking undead when he as a child.

He discovers that a group of vampires are searching for a powerful doom for mankind. The Vatican then secretly enlists a team of vampire-hunters, led by Jack Crow, to hunt down and destroy all of them before they find a crucifix that would give them the power to walk in the day.

After destroying a nest of the evil monsters, Valek, the vampire master, comes after Jack and his team, leading to a fast paced action based movie that still focuses mostly on vampires against the human undead hunter. A great action paced film that is mostly action based, but definitely has its moments of out right terror.

Lost Boys (1987)

This is a favorite among many vampire movie fans, and will almost always pop up on a top ten list of vampire films. This Joel Schumacher film is also pop culture famous because it featured the two Coreys at the height of their teenage heart throb popularity in the late eighties.

Don’t let this scare you away, this is a good movie, and it is a very traditional story in a modern setting, mixing the two well without bastardizing either. A single mother and her two sons move to a small coastal California town. There are some mysterious deaths, as well as a pesky motorcycle gang. The younger brother makes friends with imaginative boys who claim to be vampire hunters. The older brother falls for a beautiful girl and then begins acting stranger and stranger while exhibiting all the classic signs of vampirism.

Wanting to save his brother, the younger one joins his friends to search for the head vampire and to destroy it in order to return his brother to normal. An excellent modern vampire movie that is sure to delight all fans of the genre.

Interview with a Vampire (1994)

Interview with a Vampire is based on the best selling novel by Anne Rice. This novel, and the movie that follows it rather closely. This is what you would consider the “high end” or “high art” type of vampire movie. Literary, and based on story and theme rather than general genre considerations.

Interview with a Vampire is about a plantation owner named Louis who lost his brother and his will to live, but Lestat likes the man and offers him the chance to become a vampire. Louis accepts, but finds that he hates being a vampire and he refuses to take human life. The two of them end up turning a little girl into one of them, and she becomes the reason for Louis to continue to live, as the two live together as family through the centuries that follow the 1700s.

The interview comes as a young journalist finds a man who tells him he is a vampire who is over 200 years old, and he tells his story. The movie is like the novel, following the philosophy and reflections of this vampire who refuses to take human life. This is a very different, change of pace film that will find its fans, and was critically acclaimed for good reason.

Dracula (1958)

The 1958 version of the film Dracula was ground breaking in many ways, and is the first of eight movies in the “Hammer” series. Christopher Lee plays Dracula in nearly all of these films, and the “Hammer Series” of Dracula films remain classics among vampire fans. In this first film, the protagonist, Jonathan Harker, attacks Dracula at his castle (apparently somewhere in Germany). He fails, and Dracula travels to a nearby city, where he preys on the family of Harker’s fiancée. The only one who may be able to protect them is Dr. Van Helsing, Harker’s friend and fellow vampire hunter.

This movie was directed by Terence Fisher, and it is a British film that was released n the United States as “Horror of Dracula.” While fairly tame by today’s standard, this film was ground breaking for its combination of romance/sexuality, and what was an unprecedented amount of gore.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

This film reintroduced Dracula to a modern Hollywood audience, and is one of the first vampire films to have a huge Hollywood budget. With an amazing cast of actors and a great director (Francis Ford Coppola), this film won a large number of awards, especially for technical achievements. This is a visually stunning movie, and even Keanu Reeves’ iffy acting can’t bring down the overall film.

This version of Dracula is closely based (for a Hollywood film) on Bram Stoker’s classic novel of the same name. A young lawyer (Jonathan Harker) is assigned to a gloomy village in the mists of Eastern Europe. He is captured and imprisoned by the undead vampire Dracula, who travels to London, inspired by a photograph of Harker’s betrothed, Mina Murray. In Britain, Dracula begins a reign of seduction and terror, draining the life from Mina’s closest friend, Lucy Westenra. Lucy’s friends gather together to try to drive Dracula away, and a final confrontation is inevitable.

This was the ninth highest grossing film worldwide in 1992, making over $215 million dollars, and it was not just a U.S. success, but worldwide. This is one of the best vampire movies ever made,

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Robert Rodriguez directs this vampire movie, which was co-written by Quentin Tarantino. This is celebrating one of the best “pulp” vampire movies, complete with sexy half naked women undead, a modern situation, a “nest” and a mass feeding, with the innocent heroine who you know will somehow make it through, but only after kicking vampire butt!

Seth Gecko and his brother Richard are in hiding after a bloody bank robbery in Texas. They escape across the border into Mexico and will be home-free the next morning, when they pay off the local kingpin. They just have to survive ‘from dusk till dawn’ at the rendezvous point, which turns out to be a strip joint that, unbeknownst to them, is also an active vampire nest.

The Gecko brothers are fugitives, and are on the run after a very interesting bank robbery. They kidnap the Fuller family, and drive to a Mexican bar to meet with other on-the-run criminals. The two fugitive brothers at gunpoint get an ex-minister and his two children to take them across the border into Mexico. They drive to a Mexican biker bar to meet with the other crooks, but the vampires go nuts, and the survivors must fight their way out to morning. This is the epitome of a pulp vampire film.

Blade (1998)

Blade is the first transition of a comic/graphic novel into an action based series. This is as much an action film as a vampire film, and shows where the next evolution of the modern vampire film may be going, as the later film Underworld proves that the trend is likely to continue.

The movie begins with a pregnant woman being admitted to a hospital, bleeding from the neck. Paramedics think she was attacked by some type of animal. Doctors perform an emergency C-Section, and her baby (a boy) is born alive just as she dies. This is the birth of Blade, played by Wesley Snipes, who is half vampire and half human, so he can walk during the day, and hunts vampires.

Blade works with his mentor, Whistler, to hunt vampires. With the help of a young woman, bitten, who Blade saves from a vampire attack, Blade is forced to fight a vampire Deacon Frost, who is attempting to unlock an ancient ceremony in order to turn from a vampire into La Magra, the Blood God.

Blade fights La Magra, and the battle takes place to see whether the day walking vampire can defeat the blood god or not. This is a great action flick, and there are plenty of very good vampire scenes throughout the film. The success of the first led to two sequels.

Underworld (2003)

This movie embraces the idea of the Vampire-Werewolf rivalry, and in this film this rivalry is an all out war, with the werewolves finding new weapons to attack the vampires, and the vampires realizing they need to catch up. This war is brought into the modern day, and this is once again a comic book based movie that is as much action movie as it is a vampire and werewolf movie.

The vampire Selene, who is also one of the top werewolf (called Lycans in the film) hunters, finds out about a terrible secret hidden from most of the vampires by the elders, and after finding a legend about a human who can somehow be both werewolf and vampire, making it a nearly unstoppable power, she must decide where her loyalties really lie and what this means for the war and her people.

This film has a very modern dark and gothic feel to it, with every single scene taking place at night. This is a great action flick that has some really good werewolf to vampire combat taking place. This is a very quick moving film that will find fans even among viewers who generally don’t like vampire films.

Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)

This movie is another spoof from the mind of Mel Brooks. This time he’s out to poke fun at the Dracula myth and vampire films in general. Leslie Nielsen, master actor of spoof films, is in this one as Dracula, with Mel Brooks playing his greatest nemesis, the famous Dr. Van Helsing. This film has the usual Mel Brooks spoof, with plenty of singing and dancing while poking fun at vampire movies.

Mel Brooks fans tend to like this film, while vampire movie purists don’t, but as far as having a list that shows the wide variety of vampire films out there, the list wouldn’t be complete without this one, and a laugh is a good way to end a terrifying marathon.

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