Terror TV: 5 horror films that would make great television

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While several horror remakes and reboots are quite great in their own right, there are many benefits to exploring material on television networks or streaming platforms. Our list includes five films, reasons we think theyd work well on TV and some potential ideas for their long-term success.

Lets get to it, shall we?

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The Burbs is a comfort movie if there ever was one. In typical Joe Dante fashion, the director blends satirical humor and accessible horror elements in ways that appeal to a broad audience or should have, rather. Though it featured immensely talented and popular cast members such as Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher, Bruce Dern and Corey Feldman, the film was only a modest success at the worldwide box office, bringing in just under $50 million.

The Burbs has since gained a well-deserved cult following, most of who would hate to see Dantes film rebooted in any capacity, but the material would undeniably lend itself well to a television series. The suburban setting, quirky characters and dark humor against a sunny backdrop are among details that bring to mind Netflixs successful sitcom Santa Clarita Diet, which just dropped its third season on the streaming service.

The tone of Santa Clarita Diet isnt too far off from that of The Burbs, so its success would essentially be a foregone conclusion. Add a likable cast to play fun characters, much like its film counterpart, and present those central characters with a mystery and potential threat to their suburban neighborhood. Its a recipe that couldnt possibly go wrong, even if youre a die-hard fan of the original.

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Kevin Williamson was the god of 90s teen entertainment. In that decade alone, he developed and penned the first two Scream movies (a property that has already been explored on television), created a pop culture phenomenon in Dawsons Creekand wrote the screenplays for I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Faculty.

Young adult horror and mysteries are still all the rage in 2019, with shows such as Riverdale andChilling Adventures of Sabrina (among others) enjoying a great amount of success. The Lost Boys, a staple of teen-involved 80s horror, already has a television series in development, and The Faculty would be a wise choice to follow suit.

The idea is a simple one: cast a bunch of teens to portray all high school types and center their lives around a school-based alien invasion. While the film is a 90s favorite, utilizing the TV or streaming format would allow more time for the viewer to become attached and invested in the characters while representing modern teens, diverse cultures, and an updated way of life.

It would also pave the way for more twists or in-depth villain motivation, have more of an opportunity to expand beyond the school in future seasons and really play up the drama of being an alienated teenager among your peers. As is commonplace with Kevin Williamsons genre work, it would also present a chance for the property to give nods to famous horror films and hide fun Easter eggs for the scary movie crowd.

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DraculaDracula as he appears in Symphony of the NightJapanese name

Dorakyura Vurado Tsepeshu

Dracula Vlad epe (, Dorakyura Vurado Tsepeshu?), formerly known as Mathias Cronqvist (, Matiasu Kuronkubisuto?), is the primary antagonist of the Castlevania series, as well as the final boss of most of the games. He is loosely based on the character of the same name in Bram Stoker’s novel and the historical figure, Vlad Drculea.

Originally a human called Mathias Cronqvist, Dracula fell into madness after the death of his first wife, and became an immortal vampire thanks to the powers of the Crimson Stone. With his dark powers, he built his army of creatures and his fortress, Castlevania. Since the 11th century, the Belmont Clan stood in opposition to Dracula, and legendary warriors confronted him each time he came back from the dead. He was eventually definitively destroyed in 1999 by the last descendant of the Belmonts.

Dracula serves as the final boss in almost all of the games, except the first and the last two games in the timeline’s chronology (Lament of Innocence, Aria of Sorrow and Dawn of Sorrow) and a game where the final boss wears his likeness (Harmony of Dissonance).

The man later known as Dracula was originally born Mathias Cronqvist. Sometime during the mid to late 11th century, he served in a company of knights alongside then Baron Leon Belmont. With Mathias’s brilliant military strategies, and Leon’s skill with a sword, their company was unstoppable. Little is known of Mathias’s early life or his family, save that they seem to have been longtime practitioners of Alchemy and had advanced further into the study than most alchemists could have ever dreamed. Mathias was very well educated, and quite skilled in the art, though he never told Leon or any of his other compatriots of his knowledge, with the notable exception of Rinaldo Gandolfi, whom he had met at an unspecified time. Mathias married a woman named Elisabetha who he was deeply in love with. While away on a campaign against heathens in the east, Elisabetha died due to illness. Upon returning and learning of her death, Mathias was overtaken with despair so profound that he became bedridden, presumably worrying Leon considerably, as Mathias was the strategist and tactician of the company.

During that time, Mathias grew angry at God for allowing Elisabetha to die such an early death while he was away risking his life and fighting in God’s name. He thought it was unjust and unfair for God to take away what mattered most to him, when he had given God so much, and when Elisabetha was such a pure and blameless woman who has not deserved to die. Mathias began searching for ways to become immortal and show God that he didn’t have a final say in everything, and that he could defy God’s decrees by existing outside them, and scorning God in his eternal life. He learned about the Crimson Stone, considered to be a treasure among vampires. Through some means, the stone came into Mathias’s possession, and he planned to use it to ascend to immortality.

Through his acquiring the arcane relic, an evil deity known as Death bound himself in servitude to Mathias, as Death would only follow he who controlled the Crimson Stone. With the stone, Mathias could not only control the powerful spirit creature, but also absorb the souls of slain vampires and add their powers to his own. As an effect of this, humanity would be lost, and he would become a vampire himself. The young Knight then had all the resources he needed to plan his scheme to become an immortal. Mathias eventually came in contact with a powerful Vampire Lord named Walter Bernhard, who had somehow obtained the Ebony Stone, another vampiric treasure that locked his forested realm and castle in eternal night, thereby making him the most powerful vampire. The only thing of value that Walter desired was the Crimson Stone, which was believed to be lost for ages, but was secretly held by Mathias.

The vampire was bored due to his own immortality, and in order to distract himself from that, he enjoyed playing life and death games with brave humans. To raise the stakes of the game – to make the human more interested – he would steal that which is most precious from his target. Mathias suggested targeting Sara Trantoul to Walter, the fiance of Leon Belmont. The knight would make an interesting player in Walter’s game, because according to Mathias’s stories, his combat prowess was second to none. Walter, who didn’t realize he was being tricked, ordered his forces to invade Leon’s domain in order to capture Sara.

All went according to Mathias’s ingenious plan; Leon went to Walter’s castle to save Sara, and due to a series of planned events, was able to defeat Walter. When Walter was dying, Death appeared and took his soul and granted the vampire’s power to Mathias, who had materialized in the castle. It was only in his final moments that Walter realized what was happening, and what Mathias’s true intentions were. Due to absorbing Walter’s soul, Mathias became the most powerful vampire, though the Ebony Stone eluded him, as it was destroyed in Leon and Walter’s battle.

Mathias then declared that he had never spent a better night, and gave Leon his gratitude. A confused Leon demanded an explanation, to which Mathias replied that he needed a powerful vampire’s soul, and he knew that Leon had it in him to destroy Walter so that he could take the soul. Leon sensed a rage from the Vampire Killer, which he used to kill Walter, and asked in disbelief if his best friend had abandoned humanity. Mathias confirmed this and revealed his motive. He admitted that everyone involved in the ordeal were just pawns in his plan to become the most powerful vampire and curse God forevermore because of God’s cruelty. Mathias then offered Leon eternal life as he too suffered over the death of his beloved. Leon refused, because eternity without the one he loved would be empty, and Mathias’s twisted plan had cost Sara her life. Mathias believed that Leon out of all people would be the one to understand him, but when that wasn’t the case, he became a bat and flew away, and the two would never meet again.

Mathias went in hiding in foreign lands and he continued to curse God. Eventually, he named himself Lord of the Vampires and King of the Night.

At some point during Mathias’s unholy life, he built a magic castle in the province of Valachia where he would recruit humans and other beings who had turned their back on God, or were shunned by the light. Mathias granted some of them the forbidden knowledge of Devil Forgery and allowed them to practice their rites in his castle.

One day, he met a kind woman named Lisa, with whom he would eventually become romantically involved. She reminded Mathias very much of Elisabetha, which was mostly the reason why he had fallen in love with her. Lisa loved Mathias very dearly despite his views on life and they would eventually have a son together named Adrian Fahrenheit epe, who would be later known as Alucard.

Eventually, rumors started to spread that Lisa’s medicinal practices were a form of witchcraft. This caused her to be arrested and sentenced to death by the authorities. Lisa was captured and crucified, an event Adrian witnessed but was prevented from intervening in. As the execution would have traditionally occurred during the daylight hours, Mathias would not even become aware of it until hours later, and when he learned of this, it drove him over the edge. Eventually, he changed his name to Dracula Vlad epe and plotted his revenge against mankind for ruthlessly taking away what mattered most to him.

Dracula, angered at humanity for the loss of Lisa, sent his legions against the people of Europe. The church sent many armies in opposition, but none returned.

After several months, Dracula’s forces had almost completely wiped out the armies sent by the Eastern Orthodox Church, and had conquered whole countries. One night, Isaac, a General in Dracula’s army, reported the Belmont Clan had started an offense in the west. A vampire hunting descendant of Dracula’s old friend, Leon, who went by the name Trevor C. Belmont, was planning to assault Dracula’s Castle. Because Dracula was responsible for the death of Leon’s betrothed, Sara, Leon committed his kinsmen to hunting down and destroying Dracula. Isaac requested the opportunity to face Trevor himself. Instead, he was sent to find Hector, another General who was previously ordered to assassinate Belmont, but had deserted. Dracula planned to meet his old friend’s descendant himself and waited for the hunter in his throne room.

Dracula eventually faced the vampire hunter along with the rebel, Grant Danasty (who had earlier been turned into a demon by Dracula’s forces in a failed attempt at overthrowing him before Belmont freed him from the curse), the sorceress Sypha Belnades, and his own son, Alucard, who had chosen to oppose his father. With much effort, the Vampire Lord was finally slain. For the first time in hundreds of years, the immortal Dracula was at last dead, though his scheme to decimate humanity had not ended. With his final breath, he uttered a curse that left the land to rot while poisoning the minds of its inhabitants, who pillaged and scourged it without remorse.

A few years later in 1479, Death sought to resurrect Dracula by using the Count’s traitorous Devil Forgemaster General Hector as a vessel for Dracula. Because Devil Forgemasters were suffused within Dracula’s magic, only they could make suitable hosts for the Count to inhabit. However, they would have to be fully enveloped within the curse that Dracula left behind that was plaguing the land and its people.

Though Hector was Death’s (who disguised himself as Zead) ideal choice for a body for Dracula’s reawakening, he rejected the Curse, causing Death to compromise and use Isaac for the vessel. Isaac was killed in cold blood by Hector, and Death used the corpse to resurrect the Count, causing the first reawakening of Dracula from the dead. Dracula intended to execute Hector for deserting him earlier. However, because the resurrection was only partially successful, Hector was able to thwart both Death and Dracula and send the Count back to the grave, as well as nullify his curse, finally freeing the land from its venomous grip.

A century later, Dracula rose again. It was at this time that Dracula’s one hundred year regeneration cycle became manifest. Due to the power of Christ weakening every one hundred years, men’s hearts grew black with chaos. They sought to resurrect Dracula so that he may cleanse the world. He was brought back in 1576, and because his powers were linked to his castle, his stronghold returned with him.

Strengthened from his slumber, the Count resumed his quest for revenge against humanity and began attacking Transylvania with his hordes. Once again, the only ones that could hope to stand against him and his throngs of followers were the Belmont Clan with their holy whip, Vampire Killer. Castlevania was invaded by Christopher Belmont, and the vampire hunter and Dracula engaged in a death duel. Christopher thought he had sent the Count to his grave, but Dracula turned into mist and feigned death. Though his castle was destroyed, and he was too weakened from the battle to assume his regular form, Dracula would bide his time, waiting for the right moment to strike back against the Belmont Clan that had caused him so much trouble.

Dracula resurfaced fifteen years later in 1591, magically influencing Christopher’s son, Soleiyu Belmont, while still trapped in mist form. He planned on using the Belmont to become whole, and he cast a curse on the young vampire hunter that would cause Soleiyu to do his bidding. Christopher Belmont came to the aid of his son, and was forced to battle him. Christopher defeated Soleiyu, and expelled Dracula’s presence from his mind. By that time, using the spirits of four elemental castles, Dracula regained his corporeal form, and he battled Christopher Belmont for the last time. Christopher was victorious and destroyed Dracula, sending the vampire to sleep for one hundred years more.

Dracula rose again in 1691 on an Easter night when his followers convened in a monastery to perform the unholy ritual to return him and his castle to the world and plunge mankind into darkness and despair. Dracula was defeated by Simon Belmont, but not without dealing a critical blow to Simon’s back, and casting a curse on him. Similar to when he was defeated by Trevor Belmont in 1476, Dracula left a curse on the land before his passing.

Though Dracula was dead, he left both Transylvania and Simon Belmont in dire condition. The only way to expel his curse was to collect his remains and destroy them within the ruins of Castlevania. Dracula’s monstrous followers had free reign over many territories in the land while Transylvania was cursed, and they hid the Count’s remains in heavily guarded mansions. The weakened Simon Belmont retrieved all of the remains in 1698 and took them back to Dracula’s Castle, where he burned the remains he had recovered. To Simon’s surprise, however, Dracula’s ghost manifested through the Fang of Vlad, a remain unknown to Simon and tried to destroy him, but Simon defeated Dracula again, lifting the curse from the land and from his own body.

Dracula’s remains would wreak havoc in the world again when a young vampire hunter named Maxim Kischine sought out Dracula’s remains as a means of proving himself as a hunter. He was envious of the Belmont Clan’s status, and wanted to confirm that he was stronger than them by finding the remains of Lord Dracula. Like Simon Belmont fifty years earlier, Maxim retrieved all pieces of the remains in 1748, but possession of Dracula’s body parts caused Maxim’s mind to split in two, birthing an evil spirit within Maxim.

Because Dracula was partially brought back in the world through Maxim, Castlevania reappeared. Because the evil spirit did not have full control of Maxim, the Castle wasn’t whole. One half of the Castle was in the earthly realm, while the other half resided in a spiritual realm. The evil Maxim and the original Maxim wrestled for control of the body. Death aided the evil Maxim, because if the evil one took over completely, it would cause the Castles to unite.

Death saw Lydie Erlanger, a young maiden whom Maxim cared for, as a means to this. If the evil Maxim partook of the maiden’s blood, her sacrifice would provide him the strength he needed to overcome the regular Maxim. Death’s scheme was foiled by Juste Belmont, the grandson of Simon Belmont, who exorcised the evil spirit from Maxim by gathering and presenting Dracula’s remains. The spirit was drawn to the remains and relinquished its hold of Maxim’s body, materializing as Dracula’s phantom. Juste defeated the wraith, which mocked the Belmont Clan’s quest as being futile, because Dracula would always return, and they were doomed to hunt him for all eternity.

Dracula revived in 1792, one hundred years after his defeat by Simon Belmont. He was brought back by the zealous dark priest Shaft and his congregation, who sacrificed a maiden to resurrect the Count and his castle. When Dracula returned, he dispatched his forces to pillage the land. They kidnapped young women from a village, one being Annette, girlfriend of Richter Belmont. The Count sensed the connection she had with his mortal foes, and, moreover, was taken with her beauty. He offered her immortality so she could rule the world by his side, but she refused him, saying she would rather die. Richter eventually rescued all the maidens from Dracula’s clutches, slew Shaft, and defeated the Count. At this time, Dracula had become amused by the never ending cycle he shared with the Belmonts. He knew he would return, so he wasn’t dismayed by his defeat. Richter told him he had no place in the world, but Dracula said that it was not his choice that he continued to return. He comes back through the will of humans that call upon him. Because of that, Dracula asked Richter if he could truly be called evil. Richter then told Dracula that while it was true that humans have had evil desires such as power, they also had other, good desires as well, and declared that evil will eventually fall permanently. As he was disintegrating, Dracula, while conceding Richter’s claim that evil would eventually be vanquished, nonetheless laughed at him in full confidence that he would return, and that the Belmont’s hunt was in vain.

Although defeated, Dracula returned five years later in 1797, due to the efforts of Shaft’s ghost. This time, it was his son, Alucard, who confronted him. Dracula was somewhat shocked to see his son again and awkwardly tried to convince him to see things from his point of view. He was upset about him constantly siding with the humans, despite everything they had done. He asked him if he had forgotten what the humans did to his mother, Lisa. Alucard replied that he would never forget such an atrocity, but unlike him, he did not seek revenge against them, because that is not what his mother would have wanted.

Alucard told his father that he could not allow him to plague mankind yet again, and the two family members came to blows. Because Dracula’s resurrection was not complete, he was defeated by his son. At the end of the battle, Dracula set everything aside and only wanted Alucard to tell him Lisa’s final words. Alucard told his father that she said to not hate humans; that if he could not live with them, then at least do them no harm. She also told Alucard to tell his father that she would love him for all of eternity. For the first time in hundreds of years, Dracula was regretful for what he had done. He called out to Lisa to forgive him for his transgressions and said his goodbyes to his son as he faded away in death.

Dracula rose sometime in the 1800s. After 1797, the Belmont Clan faded away, and other organizations emerged with the hope of holding back Dracula and his forces in the Belmonts’ stead. The most successful group was Ecclesia, due to Barlowe, the leader of Ecclesia, making a breakthrough discovery with the creation of Glyphs, symbols that utilized the power within all things, which the Ecclesia members were able to use in combat.

Because of Ecclesia’s success, those in positions of power entrusted the organization with Dracula’s bodily remains so that they may destroy the remains and hopefully end the scourge of Count Dracula for good. Barlowe developed the ultimate glyph, Dominus, from the remains of Count Dracula. Barlowe used the cover story that Dominus would be used to destroy the Dark Lord, but in truth, Ecclesia’s true purpose was to fulfill the wish of mankind, which in Barlowe’s mind was the resurrection of Count Dracula. Barlowe’s plan was to use Dominus to destroy the seal on the remains that prevented Dracula’s reemergence in the world. Barlowe needed someone to host the Dominus Glyphs, and he chose his disciple, Shanoa, who was unaware of the true intent of Ecclesia, and that using Dominus would end her life. Shanoa discovered the truth and defeated Barlowe. The remains of Dracula then surged large amounts of dark energy into Barlowe, which he was able to use to resurrect Dracula at the cost of his own life. After Barlowe sacrificed his life force to the bodily remains, the Dark Lord and his castle returned yet again.

Shanoa infiltrated Castlevania and made her way to the Throne Room where Dracula ruled over his castle and subjects. Initially, Dracula thought that Shanoa was the one that brought him back, and asked her if she wished for eternal life or a place at his side in return for her service. Shanoa told the Count that she had in fact gone there to destroy him. Dracula was amused by her response and welcomed her challenge, telling her that he had not danced in a while. Shanoa’s own power was not enough to destroy Dracula, but when she used the Dominus Glyphs that she was hosting, to the Count’s surprise; she was able to defeat Dracula with his own power, sending him to his death.

Dracula would be resurrected some time later by unknown means, only to be killed by a distant relative of the Belmont Clan, Quincy Morris in 1897. Before being killed, however, he nonetheless managed to mortally wound Morris in the process.

Quincy’s son, John Morris, confronted Dracula during World War I, alongside Eric Lecarde, when Dracula was resurrected through the efforts of his niece, Elizabeth Bartley, and her accomplice, Drolta Tzuentes. Elizabeth had the Crown Prince of Austria assassinated, which resulted in war breaking out across the world. She planned to use the souls of the millions that died as a result of the Great War to revive her uncle. The resurrection rite took the two women all across Europe, and they were chased every step of the way by two vampire hunters – John Morris, the son of Quincy Morris who carried the Belmont Clan’s Vampire Killer, and Eric Lecarde, a revenge-seeking Spaniard whose girlfriend was vampirized by Elizabeth. The hunt came to ahead at Elizabeth’s castle in England, where she and Drolta succeeded in resurrecting Dracula. The reawakening of the Dark Lord was short lived, however, as John and Eric scaled the castle and killed Elizabeth, Drolta, and Dracula himself. Even though Dracula was slain, John paid the ultimate price as well, and died from his dependency on the Vampire Killer. Since he was not of the Belmont Clan, using the whip too much came at the cost of his life.

In 1944, Dracula was revived again by the vampire Brauner and as a result of the unprecedented state of despair the world was in during World War II. Brauner, having lost his daughters in the first World War, sought revenge on humanity and planned on using Dracula’s power as a means to that. Brauner immediately sealed Dracula away, as he only desired Castlevania’s power and legions of monsters for himself, and had no intention of serving the Count.

Brauner used paintings he made that were inundated with magic to secure his control of the castle. Jonathan Morris, the son of John Morris and the keeper of the Vampire Killer, and his partner, a magician named Charlotte Aulin, were dispatched by the Church to investigate the castle, and the possible resurrection of Count Dracula. Through Charlotte’s understanding of the paintings’ magical composition, the duo was able to enter the paintings and destroy the evil within them, thus weakening Brauner’s hold of the castle. Jonathan and Charlotte defeated Brauner, but the vampire was ultimately slain by Death. The death of Brauner relinquished the seal he had used to keep Dracula from returning, and with him gone, the Count was resurrected again to assume lordship of his castle. Dracula, in an unprecedented manner, suggested to Death that they use their combined power, and then fought Jonathan and Charlotte in a two-on-two duel, eventually resorting to using Soul Steal on Death via the latter’s request in order to transform into his true form and gain an advantage. Nonetheless, Jonathan now had the power to destroy Dracula outright, and just as he had brought him to his knees, the first rays of the sun entered through the window, vanquishing the Vampire Lord, although not before the Count mused that he’ll someday regain his full power, and that he’ll see which of them will have the last laugh in response to Jonathan stating that Dracula will never win.

The final resurrection of Dracula took place in 1999, when he rose one last time, and began a vicious campaign to destroy all of mankind. He conducted a war similar to that one in 1476 with a massive army of monsters and demons. He was defeated by Julius Belmont with the aid of Alucard, a Belnades, military forces and other allies, and his bodily remains were destroyed. Furthermore, a ceremony was conducted by the Hakuba family in which his powers and castle were sealed away inside a solar eclipse in a Shinto ceremony, thus finally ending Dracula’s regeneration cycle and his tie with Chaos, the primal source of his Dark Lord powers and castle. Though the cycle of Mathias Cronqvist may have at last ended, the legacy of Dracula continued, as he was reincarnated 36 years later as Soma Cruz.

Dracula has been depicted many different ways over the course of the series. His appearance changes in nearly every game he is in. In the earliest titles, Dracula has a rather ethereal appearance, presenting himself as a very decayed and aged man with a long red cloak in the original Castlevania on the Nintendo Entertainment System. This look was taken even further in Vampire Killer, where he has no flesh on his body and his bones are exposed. In Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, he greatly resembles Death. He is shrouded in a black mantle and his face is that of a skull.

Dracula’s in-game depictions are very different from his appearance in the official art for those games, which display him as a more atrocious version of the Bla Lugosi vampire stereotype with a widow’s peak hairstyle. He reflects this image in such games as Haunted Castle and Akumaj Dracula (X68000), in which he wears a tuxedo with a cape. In some cases, such as Symphony of the Night, he is also depicted with shoulder-length and unkempt white hair as well as a goatee, which bore some resemblance to how Bram Stoker’s Dracula described him in the narration.

Sometimes Dracula sports a dark sorcerer like appearance with long flowing robes as seen in Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse and Castlevania: The Adventure. In Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, Dracula appears as a young man with purple hair. Aside from displaying certain Japanese anime clichs, he still wears attire like he did in earlier games, like a tuxedo and a long dark cloak.

When Ayami Kojima became the regular illustrator of the series, Dracula took on an especially regal air with lavish clothing, as seen in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, and Castlevania: Curse of Darkness. Dracula’s appearances have been very inconsistent over the years. Sometimes he is an old man, other times he is young (Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles, Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin); sometimes he’s ghostly, other times he appears fairly regular, but he always retains vampiric archetypal traits. As a human, Dracula was Mathias Cronqvist, a young man with long dark hair and light blue eyes.

Regardless of how he appears in various games, Mathias and Soma Cruz notwithstanding, he is generally shown to have a very tall disposition, appearing at least twice as tall as his opponents in his more “human” form, usually requiring that his opponents jump to hit him.

Dracula has shown a certain level of inconsistency regarding his personality, although common elements have been an outstanding malice regarding the human race and God, and a well defined superiority complex (he thinks every creature is inferior to him) when confronting his enemies. When facing his son, Alucard, Dracula shows a softer side, and a clear love for his son, and also expresses his eternal love for Alucard’s mother as well. After his death in 1797, Dracula becomes much more consistent, and seems devoid of many emotions, though the hostility and superiority complex still remain.

Some of his most consistent traits however are his deep cruelty and indifference to all the destruction he brings with him, while somewhat taking pleasure on the suffering he inflicts on others. He also justifies his actions by claiming that it is not by his power that he comes back, but through the malice of humans that makes his return possible, going as far as questioning whether he is truly “evil” because of this.

Despite being challenged and defeated numerous times by the Belmont Clan, he always seems to play with them at first before using his full power, possibly underestimating them while at the same time enjoying his battles with the family, something he does mention from time to time as he even looks forward to his next encounter against the Belmonts after being defeated.

However during his defeat in 1797, he actually feels for the first time regretful of his actions after knowing of Lisa’s wish for him, although during his subsequent revivals he seems to feel nothing of that. A possible reason for this could be that the evil of humanity ensures that Dracula remains constantly evil and as such an embodiment of malice. Whenever Dracula’s background is explained he often becomes what he is as a result of the loss of his loved ones and thus he can be seen as a rather tragic villain. In addition, upon being defeated by Alucard the second time, he implies that, despite being at war with God, he still retained some knowledge of the Bible, as he quoted the Book of Matthew’s warning about losing one’s soul in their pursuit of gaining the world.

Unlike many recurring video game villains, Dracula is never really seen abusing his minions in any way. In fact he addresses to any of his subordinates respectfully and politely whenever he engages in any conversation, and even extends this trait to his enemies. He is also shown to be fairly grateful, as he often blesses and rewards those that serve him or otherwise helped in his resurrection, be it directly (as in the case of Shaft) or indirectly (like Shanoa) by usually offering power, a high rank within his army or even immortality.

When he is manifested through Soma Cruz, however, Soma’s personality is much more aggressive and sadistic than Dracula usually is. He murders Celia partly out of anguish for Mina’s supposed death, but mostly because he finds her infuriatingly annoying, despite the fact that it was Celia who brought Dracula back into the world. When Julius, Alucard and Yoko confront Dark Lord Soma at the end of Julius Mode, he taunts them throughout their battle, more so than Dracula’s usual manner of taunting.

Count Dracula is an immortal vampire holding the position of Dark Lord, who draws upon the power of Chaos and is looked upon as the King of the Night and the embodiment of evil. Many lesser creatures of darkness and obsessive humans are fanatically devoted to him, and subscribe to the belief that he will cleanse the world from its sullied state and bring about a new order. Their belief in this is so strong that until his regeneration cycle ended in 1999, Dracula was certain to return after death due to his servants yearning for him. Because of this, Richter Belmont accused Dracula of stealing the souls of men and their freedom. Dracula rebutted that freedom is always sacrificed to faith and asked Richter if he was truly before him by choice. Earlier in the same conversation Dracula said that the world invited him to return, with humanity calling him with praise and tribute.

In some of his earlier conceptions, as mentioned in the Japanese manual to Akumaj Densetsu (Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse), Dracula was a passionate demon worshipper who sold his soul and that of his son, Alucard, to an evil god in exchange for his power. Later developments retconned Alucard as having been born as a vampire-human hybrid, but Dracula’s pact with the evil god remained as the means through which he became the Dark Lord, obtaining control over the legions of darkness.

Dracula’s power ultimately came from his possession of the Crimson Stone, which he never lost. With it, he absorbed the soul of a dominant vampire lord, Walter Bernhard, thus gaining his powers. Dracula came to resemble Walter by having his own magical castle, legions of monsters, as Walter did before him, and even using some of Walter’s attacks. Furthermore, Dracula’s ability to repeatedly return from the dead may have been inherited from Walter Bernhard, as after being defeated by Leon Belmont, Walter said that with his powers, he would surely come back to life.

As a Dark Lord, Dracula has many supernatural powers that are not part of a mere vampire, as he clearly surpasses every one of them becoming more like a demon king, as he is mentioned as such in some manual descriptions or enemy data. His dominion over demons and monsters from the Demon Realm was given by Chaos, an ancient powerful entity that feeds on evil and darkness from the hearts of mankind. His resurrection cycles are also fueled by this force and act as a via to resurrect him in a Black Mass, performed by his loyal followers who know the ideal moment and years to hold it; as humanity forgets about god and lost their faith by time.

The origin of Dracula’s Castle, which is said to be the symbol of his demonic power in Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, is not known, and it is also unknown if it has any link with Walter Bernhard’s castle. Ideally, it seems more likely that Dracula gained ownership of the Bernhard estate when he claimed his soul in the Crimson stone, thus forming Walter’s powers with Mathias’s souls, along with a spiritual contract claiming the castle. Early in games the castle was said to be haunted or cursed. The castle, as it was stated by Alucard, is a “creature of chaos”. The castle is linked to Chaos, the force that Dracula controls and gives his powers as a Dark Lord, this is the reason why Dracula can change its appearance every time at will in each resurrection. It is not a inanimate fortress, but an entity.

Historically though, it is also logical to believe that Dracula constructed his castle somewhere in between the events of Lament of Innocence (1094) and Dracula’s Curse (1476), which is around the time when Vlad the Impaler (the real life Dracula) ruled. It is not stated entirely, but how Dracula is able to gain control over monsters is shown in Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow. Soma Cruz, the reincarnation of Dracula, inherits his power of dominance over the creatures of the night. However, his influence over mankind is never fully stated, but can be logically debated and assumed. If one follows the original Bram Stoker novel and film, Dracula may have gained his legions of followers through hypnotic abilities; on the other hand it may be that he is merely a charismatic and highly persuasive individual. During his time as the Dark Lord, he may have tricked humans into believing that he would be its true savior, or perhaps is merely held in high esteem by satanic cults.

Dracula has displayed great powers in battle. These include, but are not limited to the ability to spawn fire in various forms, such as simple balls of flame or burning meteor-like spheres; control over bats and other creatures of the night; the ability to transform into a wolf, mist, a bat, or other, more hideous forms to heighten his powers; a vast array of acidic Blood Magic; among other powers, such as teleportation.

He also has the Power of Dominance, which allows him to absorb the souls of monsters and use their abilities as his own, Devil Forging, which creates loyal minions from wisps of conjured matter, and he is highly adept at the secret art of Alchemy and is a genius tactician. Dracula’s Demonic Megiddo proves how much destructive force Dracula can throw out.

Through his union with the human Lisa, Dracula had a son. His son would be born Adrian, aka Alucard. Despite emulating his father early in his life, Alucard decided that he did not want to follow in his father’s evil footsteps and battled with him many times. It is said he chose the anagram “Alucard” (“Dracula” spelled backwards) for his new name as a symbolic gesture, meaning he would go against his father’s doings from that point on, like a kind of “anti-Dracula”.

When exactly Dracula fathered Alucard, and when he knew Lisa, for that matter, is unclear, although it is known to be before the events of Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse.

Although, even if Alucard would fight his father, Dracula still loves his son and he is quite fond of him.

In Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, it is revealed that the main character, Soma Cruz, is in fact a reincarnation of Dracula. In the year 1999, Julius Belmont, the modern day member of the Belmont Clan was finally able to defeat Dracula for good and seal away his Castle.

As well as having many of his tremendous powers (which Soma unlocks through the course of the game), Soma bears a striking resemblance to Mathias Cronqvist, the original human form of Dracula which started it all. However, as evidenced by his polar opposite color motif (Mathias was predominantly dressed in black with red trim and aura, while Soma is dressed in a white coat with blue trim and aura), Soma may be considered as a second chance for Mathias in a new life: by choosing to go down a different path when the truth is revealed. His journey continues in Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow.

While Soma is his own entity, he is also technically a continuation of Dracula, albeit in reincarnated form and as a protagonist. However, it is argued by fans whether he is truly the same character in a new life or a different character altogether who just happens to have inherited Dracula’s power.

Apart of Soma Cruz, three other people were considered as potential Dark Lord Candidates: Graham Jones, Dario Bossi and Dmitrii Blinov. Unlike Soma, the candidates found place in sharing their birthdays with the day of Dracula’s death in 1999.

Dracula makes an appearance in the game Castlevania Judgment. This is the first time that Dracula appears as a playable character (not counting his possible “reincarnation” Soma Cruz or the parody “Kid Dracula”, who might be Alucard instead). His battle theme is “Dance of Illusions”.

In Judgment, Dracula is summoned into a time rift by Aeon, along with a number of his enemies and his allies Carmilla and Death. In his story, Dracula takes advantage of the time rift to get revenge on many of the people who defeated him, including Simon and Trevor Belmont. After fighting and defeating most of the others in the rift, including Aeon, Dracula encounters the Time Reaper, a being sent by his rival Galamoth to wipe him from history. In the ensuing battle, Dracula is victorious, therefore securing his existence.

Dracula appears in the Pachislot games as the final enemy Trevor Belmont encounters. He retains his appearance from Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles. As these games take place in a separate timeline, this version of Dracula is not considered as canon.

Dracula appears as a boss in Classic Mode and Adventure Mode: World of Light in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, where he uses many of the same attacks he does in his various appearances. He also briefly appears as a shadow in Dracula’s Castle stage background via a flash of lightning. Dracula’s appearance was taken largely from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. When fought, he utilizes Hellfire, Dark Inferno, Demonic Megiddo, and transforming into a swarm of bats similar to in Portrait of Ruin. After his HP is drained, he transforms into his giant bat-like demonic form from Castlevania: Rondo of Blood/Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles, and attacks via uppercuts, firing an orange fireball as well as three miniature homing fireballs, pounces, slams, and releasing a blast of energy.

In the World of Light adventure mode, he acts as one of Dharkon’s lieutenants during the second act, and a revived version of him appears alongside the other bosses to be fought if the player decides to fight both Dharkhon and Galeem simultaneously. Dracula is first found inside Dracula’s Castle in the Dark Realm, where the player must traverse the castle and blast away ghosts along the way using cannons. If all of the ghosts are felled, the player will recruit Richter Belmont immediately prior to the first battle with Dracula. Upon defeating Dracula, the player is awarded with his spirit, which is an upgradable primary Ace-tier spirit; Dracula may then be enhanced into Soma Cruz, easily one of the most powerful spirits in the entire game.

Aside from Simon and Richter’s Classic Modes, Dracula also acts as the final boss for both Pac-Man and Luigi. In Simon’s and Luigi’s Classic Modes as well as World of Light, similar to in the original Castlevania, the first form uses “Nothing to Lose” while the second form uses “Black Night” as their background music (with the specific versions being the Castlevania: Harmony of Despair mix and the Akumaj Dracula: The Arcade mix, respectively). Richter’s fight with Dracula may instead randomly play “Dance of Illusions” from Castlevania Judgment throughout the whole battle rather than the tracks used elsewhere, and Pac-Man’s fight with Dracula always uses “Dwelling of Doom”, which is taken directly from the Famicom version of Simon’s Quest.

He also appears in the trailer announcing Simon and Richter Belmont’s playable status, Vampire Killer, where Simon briefly confronts Dracula, only to be knocked back and threatened to be incinerated by the vampire lord’s flames, and his descendant Richter suddenly appears to knock away the flames, with Dracula then being defeated via a combined effort by the two Belmonts. Alucard is also briefly seen giving Richter some assistance in the fight.

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Welcome to the Christopher Lee WikiEdit

This Wiki is about the marvelous British actor, singer (and sometimes narrator) Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee.

1948 – Corridor Of Mirrors

1948 – One Night With You

1948 – Hamlet

1948 – A Song For Tomorrow

1948 – Penny And The Pownall Case

1948 – My Brother’s Keeper

1948 – Saraband For Dead Lovers

1948 – Scott Of The Antarctic

1949 – Trottie True

1950 – They Were Not Divided

1950 – Prelude To Fame

1951 – Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N.

1951 – Valley Of Eagles

1952 – The Crimson Pirate

1952 – Top Secret

1952 – Paul Temple Returns

1952 – Babes In Bagdad

1952 – Moulin Rouge

1953 – Innocents In Paris

1954 – Destination Milan

1955 – That Lady

1955 – The Dark Avenger

1955 – Police Dog

1955 – The Cockleshell Heroes

1955 – Alias John Preston

1955 – Storm Over The Nile

1955 – Crossroads

1955 – Moby Dick Rehearsed

1955 – The Vise – Episode 16 – Final Column

1955 – Tales Of Hans Christian Andersen – Episode 1 – Wee Willie Winkie

1955 – The Vise – Episode 34 – Price Of Vanity

1955 – The Vise – Episode 41 – Stranglehold

1955 – Tales Of Hans Christian Andersen – Episode 2 – The Cripple Boy

1956 – Private’s Progress

1956 – Port Afrique

1956 – Beyond Mombasa

1956 – The Battle Of The River Plate

1956 – Chevron Hall Of Stars – Episode 5 – Captain Kidd

1956 – The Scarlet Pimpernel – Episode 4 – The Elusive Chauvelin

1956 – Colonel March Of Scotland Yard – Episode 4 – At Night All Cats Are Gray

1956 – Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Presents

1956 – The Adventures Of Aggie

1956 – Sailor Of Fortune

1956 – The Errol Flynn Theatre

1956 – Assignment Foreign Legion

1957 – Ill Met By Moonlight

1957 – Fortune Is A Woman

1957 – The Traitor

1957 – The Curse Of Frankenstein

1957 – Manuela

1957 – Bitter Victory

1957 – The Truth About Women

1957 – The Gay Cavalier

1958 – A Tale Of Two Cities

1958 – Dracula

1958 – Battle Of The V-1

1958 – Corridors Of Blood

1958 – O.S.S. – Season 1 – Episode 18

1958 – Ivanhoe – Episode 4 – The German Knight

1958 – White Hunter – Season 1 – Episode 22

1959 – The Hound Of The Baskervilles

1959 – The Man Who Could Cheat Deaht

1959 – The Treasure Of San Teresa

1959 – The Mummy

1959 – Tempi Duri Per I Vampiri

1959 – The Adventures Of William Tell – Episode 21 – The Manhunt

1960 – Too Hot To Handle

1960 – Beat Girl

1960 – The City Of The Dead

1960 – The Two Faces Of Dr. Jekyll

1960 – The Hands Of Orlac

1960 – Tales Of The Vikings

1961 – The Terror Of The Tongs

1961 – Taste Of Fear

1961 – Das Geheimnis Der Gelben Narzissen

1961 – Hercules In The Center Of The Earth

1961 – Alcoa Presents – One Step Beyond – Sorcerer

1962 – Stranglehold

1962 – Das Rtsel Der Roten Orchidee

1962 – The Pirates Of Blood River

1962 – The Devil’s Agent

1962 – Valley Of Fear

1963 – Katarsis

1963 – The Castle Of Terror

1963 – The Whip And The Body

1964 – La Cripta E L’incubo

1964 – The Devil-Ship Pirates

1964 – Terror In The Crypt

1964 – The Gorgon

1964 – The Alfred Hitchcock Hour – The Sign Of Satan

1965 – Dr. Terror’s House Of Horrors

1965 – She

1965 – The Skull

1965 – Ten Little Indians

1965 – The Face Of Fu Manchu

1966 – Dracula – Prince Of Darkness

1966 – Rasputin The Mad Monk

1966 – Circus Of Fear

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Sword and dagger killer Christopher Lee Price: Alabama …

Atmore, Ala. — Fighting a ticking clock and an unresolved legal battle, Alabama late Thursday halted plans to execute an inmate, saying there would not be time to carry out the lethal injection that evening.

A federal judge on Thursday stayed the execution of 46-year-old Christopher Lee Price to weigh his challenge to Alabama’s execution process. Alabama urged the U.S. Supreme Court to let it carry out the execution, but prison officials announced at 11:34 p.m. they would not have time to carry out the lethal injection that evening even if the court ruled in the state’s favor.

A divided high court ended up lifting the stay early Friday morning.

Because the death warrant setting Price’s execution date expired at midnight, the state will now have to seek a new date if the courts allow the execution to proceed.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and state Attorney General Steve Marshall said they would continue to pursue the death sentence for Price.

“This evening, the state of Alabama witnessed a miscarriage of justice,” Ivey said in a statement. “This horrendous crime left Pastor Lynn’s wife and family to grieve, and now, almost 30 years later, the family is still left with no closure,” Ivey said.

Price was convicted of using a sword and dagger to fatally stab Church of Christ pastor Bill Lynn in 1991 as he prepared Christmas gifts for his grandchildren.

Prosecutors said Lynn, 57, was at his Fayette County home getting toys ready for his grandchildren when the power was cut. Lynn went outside to check the fuse box when he was killed, according to court filings.

Lynn’s wife, Bessie Lynn, testified that she was in an upstairs bedroom watching television when she heard a noise. She said she looked out a window and saw a person dressed in black in a karate stance, holding a sword above her husband’s head.

Bessie Lynn said she went outside to help her husband, but two men ordered her back in the house and demanded money and any jewelry and weapons they had. An autopsy showed that Lynn had been cut or stabbed more than 30 times.

A second man, Kelvin Coleman, pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to life in prison.

The decision to halt the scheduled execution concluded a lengthy evening as the victim’s family and the inmate awaited word about whether the courts would let the state proceed with the lethal injection that was originally scheduled for 6 p.m.

Family members of the slain pastor, including Bessie Lynn and their daughters, had planned to witness the lethal injection, prison system spokesperson Samantha Banks said.

Price on Wednesday had married his fiance in the visitation yard of the prison after making a final request to hold the wedding ceremony before his execution.

He ordered two pints of Turtle Tracks ice cream for his final meal.

The last-minute bid to stop the execution centered on Price’s request to be put to death by breathing nitrogen gas, an execution method the state has authorized but not used.

Alabama in 2018 authorized nitrogen hypoxia as an alternative for carrying out death sentences. However, the state has not used nitrogen in an execution or developed procedures to do so.

Price’s attorneys argued that Alabama’s lethal injection drug combination has led to “botched” executions and that nitrogen hypoxia would be less painful.

U.S. Supreme Court precedent says inmates challenging a state’s method of execution must show that there is an available alternative that is also likely to be less painful. The state argued in court filings that even though nitrogen hypoxia is authorized under Alabama law, it is unavailable because the state has been unable to “procure the means for executing someone with nitrogen gas.”

Price’s attorneys pointed to the fact that Alabama has allowed inmates to select nitrogen as their preferred execution method.

According to the state, 48 of the more than 170 inmates on death row have elected to be put to death by nitrogen hypoxia. Alabama said Price missed a deadline to select nitrogen as his preferred execution method.

Alabama has carried out one execution so far this year. In February, inmate Dominique Ray was executed for the 1995 murder of a 15-year-old girl.

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Bad Wolves – Zombie (Official Video)

Official music video for ‘Zombie’ by Bad Wolves.Also, watch the music video for ‘Hear Me Now’ feat. Diamante – https://youtu.be/M38aWHxwtXEBuy or Stream ‘Disobey’ – https://smarturl.it/badwolves_disobeyFollow Bad Wolves on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2lDHUIl

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Another head hangs lowlyChild is slowly takenAnd the violence causes silenceWho are we mistaken?

But you see, it’s not meIt’s not my familyIn your head, in your head, they are fightingWith their tanks, and their bombsAnd their bombs, and their dronesIn your head, in your head, they are crying

What’s in your head, in your head?Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ieWhat’s in your head, in your head?Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ie, ohAnother mother’s breakin’Heart is takin’ overWhen the violence causes silenceWe must be mistaken

It’s the same old themeIn two thousand eighteenIn your head, in your head, they’re still fightin’With their tanks, and their bombsAnd their guns, and their dronesIn your head, in your head, they are dyin’

What’s in your head, in your head?Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ieWhat’s in your head, in your head?Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ie, oh

It’s the same old themeIn two thousand eight-teenIn your head, in your head, they’re dyin’

What’s in your head, in your head?Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ieWhat’s in your head, in your head?Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ie,

Oh oh oh oh Ie-ie, oh

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SparkNotes: Dracula: Themes

Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideasexplored in a literary work.The Consequences of Modernity

Early in the novel, as Harker becomes uncomfortable withhis lodgings and his host at Castle Dracula, he notes that unlessmy senses deceive me, the old centuries had, and have, powers oftheir own which mere modernity cannot kill. Here, Harker voicesone of the central concerns of the Victorian era. The end of thenineteenth century brought drastic developments that forced Englishsociety to question the systems of belief that had governed it forcenturies. Darwins theory of evolution, for instance, called thevalidity of long-held sacred religious doctrines into question.Likewise, the Industrial Revolution brought profound economic andsocial change to the previously agrarian England.

Though Stoker begins his novel in a ruined castlea traditional Gothicsettinghe soon moves the action to Victorian London, where theadvancements of modernity are largely responsible for the ease withwhich the count preys upon English society. When Lucy falls victimto Draculas spell, neither Mina nor Dr. Sewardboth devotees ofmodern advancementsare equipped even to guess at the cause of Lucyspredicament. Only Van Helsing, whose facility with modern medicaltechniques is tempered with open-mindedness about ancient legendsand non-Western folk remedies, comes close to understanding Lucysaffliction.

In Chapter XVII, when Van Helsing warns Seward that torid the earth of this terrible monster we must have all the knowledge andall the help which we can get, he literally means all theknowledge. Van Helsing works not only to understand modern Western methods,but to incorporate the ancient and foreign schools of thought thatthe modern West dismisses. It is the fault of our science, hesays, that it wants to explain all; and if it explain not, thenit says there is nothing to explain. Here, Van Helsing points to thedire consequences of subscribing only to contemporary currents ofthought. Without an understanding of historyindeed, without differentunderstandings of historythe world is left terribly vulnerablewhen history inevitably repeats itself.

Most critics agree that Dracula is, as much as anythingelse, a novel that indulges the Victorian male imagination, particularlyregarding the topic of female sexuality. In Victorian England, womenssexual behavior was dictated by societys extremely rigid expectations.A Victorian woman effectively had only two options: she was eithera virgina model of purity and innocenceor else she was a wifeand mother. If she was neither of these, she was considered a whore,and thus of no consequence to society.

By the time Dracula lands in England and begins to workhis evil magic on Lucy Westenra, we understand that the impendingbattle between good and evil will hinge upon female sexuality. BothLucy and Mina are less like real people than two-dimensional embodimentsof virtues that have, over the ages, been coded as female. Both womenare chaste, pure, innocent of the worlds evils, and devoted totheir men. But Dracula threatens to turn the two women into theiropposites, into women noted for their voluptuousnessa word Stokerturns to again and againand unapologetically open sexual desire.

Dracula succeeds in transforming Lucy, and once she becomesa raving vampire vixen, Van Helsings men see no other option thanto destroy her, in order to return her to a purer, more sociallyrespectable state. After Lucys transformation, the men keep a carefuleye on Mina, worried they will lose yet another model of Victorian womanhoodto the dark side. The men are so intensely invested in the womenssexual behavior because they are afraid of associating with thesocially scorned. In fact, the men fear for nothing less than theirown safety. Late in the novel, Dracula mocks Van Helsings crew,saying, Your girls that you all love are mine already; and throughthem you and others shall yet be mine. Here, the count voices amale fantasy that has existed since Adam and Eve were turned outof Eden: namely, that womens ungovernable desires leave men poisedfor a costly fall from grace.

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Alabama inmate Christopher Lee Price spared lethal injection …

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April 12, 2019, 10:48 AM GMT/ UpdatedApril 12, 2019, 2:31 PM GMT

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ATMORE, Ala. An Alabama inmate convicted in the 1991 sword-and-dagger slaying of a pastor was spared a lethal injection when his death warrant expired before a divided U.S. Supreme Court voted early Friday to let the execution proceed.

A federal judge on Thursday blocked the execution of Christopher Lee Price to weigh his challenge to Alabama’s lethal injection procedure. Justices voted 5-4 early Friday morning to let the execution proceed, but the death warrant had expired two hours earlier at the stroke of midnight.

Alabama is expected to seek a new execution date from a state court.

“This evening, the state of Alabama witnessed a miscarriage of justice,” Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement.

Price, 46, had asked to be put to death by breathing nitrogen gas. His lawyers argue that it’s a less painful alternative to the lethal combination of drugs that led to “botched” executions in the state.

The high court’s order and dissenting opinion underscored the divide between the court’s conservative and liberal justices over 11th-hour execution challenges.

“What is at stake in this case is the right of a condemned inmate not to be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment,” Justice Stephen Breyer wrote in a dissent.

Breyer admonished court conservatives for overruling two lower court stays “in the middle of the night” without discussing it further at a morning conference.

The Supreme Court majority, in vacating the lower court’s stay, sided with the state and said Price had waited too late to bring his challenge.

Justices on April 1 voted 5-4 against a Missouri inmate who said lethal injection would cause severe pain because of a tumor in his throat. Justice Neil Gorsuch’s said judges should guard against efforts to use challenges to the method of execution “as tools to interpose unjustified delay.”

Alabama authorized nitrogen hypoxia in 2018 as an alternative for carrying out death sentences, but has yet to try it and hasn’t developed procedures to do so.

When Alabama authorized the new execution method, it gave inmates a 30-day window to request execution by nitrogen and 48 of the more than 170 inmates on death row did so, according to court filings.

Alabama contends that Price missed the deadline to request nitrogen, and that even though nitrogen hypoxia is authorized under state law, it is currently unavailable because the state has been unable to “procure the means for executing someone with nitrogen gas.”

The governor and state Attorney General Steve Marshall said they would continue to pursue the death sentence for Price, who was convicted of using a sword and dagger to fatally stab Church of Christ pastor Bill Lynn in 1991 as he prepared Christmas gifts for his grandchildren.

“This horrendous crime left Pastor Lynn’s wife and family to grieve, and now, almost 30 years later, the family is still left with no closure,” Ivey said.

Prosecutors said Lynn, 57, was at his Fayette County home getting toys ready for his grandchildren when the power was cut. Lynn went outside to check the fuse box when he was killed, according to court filings.

Lynn’s wife, Bessie Lynn, testified that she was in an upstairs bedroom watching television when she heard a noise. She said she looked out a window and saw a person dressed in black in a karate stance, holding a sword above her husband’s head.

Bessie Lynn said she went outside to help her husband, but two men ordered her back in the house and demanded money and any jewelry and weapons they had. An autopsy showed that Lynn had been cut or stabbed more than 30 times.

A second man, Kelvin Coleman, pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to life in prison.

The appeals process made for a tense and lengthy Thursday as the victim’s family and the inmate awaited rulings from the courts. His lethal injection had been scheduled for 6 p.m., and Lynn’s wife and daughters had planned to witness it, prisons spokesman Samantha Banks said.

On Wednesday, Price married his fiance in the visitation yard of the prison. His final request to hold the wedding ceremony before his execution. He also ordered two pints of turtle tracks ice cream for his final meal.

Facing a ticking clock and an unresolved legal battle to lift the stay, prison officials announced about 30 minutes before midnight that they could not carry out the execution before his death warrant expired.

Alabama has carried out one execution so far this year. In February, inmate Dominique Ray was executed for the 1995 murder of a 15-year-old girl.

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Nina Dobrev Is Tired of Vampire Scripts, and Is Trying …

Its been a little more than two years since the surprise conclusion of HBOs Big Little Lies Season 1. But for actress Nina Dobrev, currently starring on the CBS sitcom Fam, that finale still resonates.

That finale episode was so powerful, especially because of the journey that all of those characters had gone on up until that point, Dobrev told Varietys My Favorite Episode podcast. I think that it was a perfect episode all around. Everything got wrapped up, the questions were answered, all of the characters found resolve, other than Perry (Alexander Skarsgrd), but thats OK. We dont want him to have resolve.

Big Little Lies was originally conceived as a one-time limited series, based on the best selling book by Liane Moriarty. But the drama was such a phenomenon, winning eight Emmy Awards, that its now set to return for a second season later this year. On this edition of My Favorite Episode, Dobrev discusses the Season 1 finale of Big Little Lies, You Get What You Need, which aired April 2, 2017. Listen below:

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I cannot wait for next season, Dobrev said. That bond and that womanhood is something thats really strong. Its great that were seeing it translated on film and in life and that it was right before the [#MeToo] movement, but the timing could not have been better.

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Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Shailene Woodley starred in Big Little Lies as mothers in the Monterey Bay, Calif., area who become embroiled in a murder investigation, while Skarsgrd, Laura Dern, Adam Scott, and Zo Kravitz also starred. Jean-Marc Vallee directed Season 1, while famed TV creator David E. Kelley adapted the book into the series.

Kelley has been known as a broadcast TV maven for most of his career, but Big Little Lies was part of his shift into premium cable. Dobrev said she could relate to the idea of being stereotyped into one role.

Its what were all fighting all the time, she said. Just because someone is known to do one thing doesnt mean they dont have it in them to do everything. Everyone does. Its just whether theyre given the opportunity. If I tell you how many vampire scripts I get offered, you would laugh. Of course at some point I want to tackle I want to do an HBO show, I want to do premium cable. Id love to do a period piece. I want to be a chameleon in that way.

That was the idea behind tackling a multi-camera sitcom. Fam, which is wrapping up its freshman run on CBS, is unlike anything shes done before.

Raised in Canada, Nina Dobrev started performing at a young age, eventually landing a role on the famous Canadian teen series Degrassi: The Next Generation. Shes been on countless TV series and films such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Then Came You. But fans still know her best from her six seasons on The Vampire Diaries.

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Now, on Fam, Dobrev plays Clem, a young woman recently engaged to her boyfriend, Nick, played by Tone Bell. Their life gets more complicated, however, when Clems rebellious teenage sister comes to live with them.

I was intrigued, terrified, and ultimately excited because it would be a new challenge for me, she said. Straight comedy, physical comedy. Ive always wanted to do theater and this felt like a natural next step to achieving that goal.

To study the form, Dobrev visited the sets of Mom, The Big Bang Theory, and Last Man Standing, and even got some advice from sitcom king Chuck Lorre.

I had never been on a sitcom set my whole life, she said. I didnt even know they shot with four cameras. I was very optimistically unprepared. I did my research before stepping on my own show. To be honest, I was still despite the preparation and research was still out of my element in many ways but I was luck because Tone Bell was very supportive. He has held my hand and helped me throughout this process.

Dobrev said she enjoyed the schedule of a multi-cam rehearsing all week, and then performing in front of a live audience. She also appreciated shooting in chronological order.

Meanwhile, asked to name her favorite episodes of her past work, Dobrev mentioned two Vampire Diaries episodes: Lost Girls (Season 1, Episode 6), which she appreciates as a period piece and the introduction of Katherine, and the Season 3 finale The Departed, which flashes back to Elenas parents death.

We got to shoot that underwater in a tank and made it look like a swamp, she said. Shooting that scene was really beautiful and impactful and sad. The experience of shooting under water, I love doing stunts, and having to be emotional and get that across underwater was interesting.

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Vampire (also known as Vampyr and as Van-Tal in the dimension Pylea) was a species of soulless, undead demons that could only exist on Earth by leaving their own dimension and possessing human corpses. They were hybrids, and were thus despised by other, “purer” demon species. They were well-known for feeding on the blood of mammals, particularly humans.

Vampires were first created by ancient demons infecting human hosts.

According to a legend told by the Watcher Rupert Giles, before departing Earth the last of the Old Ones mixed his blood with a human’s, thus creating the first vampire.[1] Maloker, the Old One responsible for siring the first vampire, was eventually sealed within the Deeper Well.[2]

A contemporary of Maloker, the Old One Illyria, stated that she had been familiar with vampires in her time, and that they already existed before the Old Ones were driven from Earth. She, like many full-demons, degradingly referred to vampires as half-breeds. Whether or not the vampires contemporary to or followed immediately after the Old Ones were the Turok-Hans, regular vampires, or both, was never clear. When Xander briefly tapped into Maloker’s memories, he became aware of a time when magic-wielding early humans were busily driving the Old Ones into the Deeper Well. Fearful that his time was up, Maloker sought to raise an army using his vampiric bite on a human. Taken in conjunction with Illyria’s comments, this would imply that Illyria was one of the last Old Ones to fall, and that vampires existed for a relatively long period of time which saw the banishment of the Old Ones.

While an Old one is responsible for the creation of Vampires, the ability to create vampires was not unique to him as the Demon Lord known as Archaeus, has created at least one vampire, The Master and thus began that bloodline.

Harmony Kendall revealed vampires to the world.

Throughout most of history, the majority of humans remained ignorant or in denial of the existence of vampires, which notable exceptions including the Watchers Council, Slayers, and certain vampire hunters like Daniel Holtz and Charles Gunn. Rupert Giles once explained that people have a tendency to “rationalize what they can and forget what they can’t.”[1] Aimee Mann, a guest singer at The Bronze, once comically remarked that she hated playing in “vampire towns.”[3]

For a period of time in Sunnydale, California, there existed a group of vampire wannabes known as the Sunset Club. Though they were aware of the existence of vampires, they were oblivious to their true nature, and referred to them as the “Lonely Ones”; they believed them to be gentle and misunderstood. They ultimately did discover the brutal and violent truth when they were attacked and nearly annihilated by Spike and his followers; they were saved by the Slayer, Buffy Summers. When meeting Angel, the actress Rebecca Lowell had also a similar poetic point of view and became intrigued by the possibilities offered by Angel’s immortality to resume her career. Initially, she thought that vampires had total control over their instincts. However, she was clearly terrified by Angelus’s brutality as he talked about decapitating her and carrying her head on a pike to show off after killing someone famous for the first time. Additionally, there was a vampire brothel in Sunnydale where humans could pay vampires to feed on them to get a rush from blood loss. Riley Finn made regular visits there until it was burned down by Buffy Summers in retribution.[4]

The Sunnydale High school board and the police department also appeared to be aware of the supernatural goings-on in Sunnydale, and often covered up vampire and demon attacks under order from the mayor, Richard Wilkins. When Spike and the members of the defunct Order of Aurelius attacked Sunnydale High to kill Buffy, Principal Snyder and the police chief wrote it off to the public as an attack by a gang on PCP; apparently, that excuse had been used before.[5] The U.S. government was also aware of the existence of the supernatural to some extent, and even built special units specifically meant for hunting them.

All the people present in Los Angeles became aware of vampires when the city was moved to a hell dimension by the Senior Partners of Wolfram & Hart in 2004.

In the early 21st century, the existence of vampires became public knowledge, causing them to become a subject of a fad that capitalized on the fact that many humans experienced a thrill when bitten by vampires. Harmony Kendall became the face of vampires to the media, and began starring in her own reality show called Harmony Bites.[6] In response, two new vampire movements appeared: Reform Vampirism, in which vampires drank only from willing humans and never took enough blood to kill or sire, and Vampire Supremacism, in which vampires considered humans nothing but cattle and wished for things to return to the way they were before Harmony made them public. However, with increasing attacks by zompires, mindless vampires sired after the end of magic, public opinion of vampires began to shift, leading the San Francisco Police Department to create a supernatural task force.

In the 23rd century, vampires were called “lurks” and remained public knowledge. Although, most humans were unaware that lurks were actually demons, and not simply a particularly vicious form of mutant.[7]

Unlike many other demons, the demons present in vampires appeared to have no more intelligence than solitary predatory animals, and were incapable of human speech. The principal evidence for this came from Angel’s visit to the dimension Pylea. Whilst there, whenever he took on his “vampire face”, he unexpectedly lost control and became a mindless beast. His behavior was remarkably similar to that of zompires (vampires who had been sired in a world void of magic). A vampire’s demon core had no personality of its own. Ordinary vampires gained the qualities of the people they were in life, including memories, fears and desires. As Darla put it, “What we were informs what we become.” [8] Mentally, the root of a vampire’s evil nature was his or her lack of a human soul. They were unable to differentiate between right and wrong, and had little care to do so.

Willow is shocked to see how different her vampire self is.

Vampires typically lost their feelings for the people they knew upon siring. For example, after he was turned, Jesse McNally told Xander Harris that he was nothing but a “shadow” to him. Most vampires reveled in destruction and cared only for themselves, but similar to how all human beings possessed different qualities, vampires could be equally varied. While all were essentially corrupt, soulless versions of their prior selves, some became direct opposites of the people they were, while others represented an expression of the potential they had in life. When Charles Gunn was turned, he continued to want to help people, and still despised vampires (himself included); however, his actions were held unchecked, and he eventually lost his way. In contrast, William Pratt retained affection for his mother after his siring, and even turned her in order to free her from death by consumption. When she came back as a vampire and taunted him, he mercifully ended her life. Unlike Gunn, Spike, despite lacking a human soul, showed impressive amounts of loyalty and love (two traits that he possessed in spades when he was alive).[9]

Vampires, despite lacking souls, were somewhat capable of human emotions like love, but tended to take twisted, obsessive forms, like Spike’s affection for Buffy Summers and James’s love for Elisabeth. While Angelus and Darla were nearly inseparable throughout their history together, Angel later commented that what they had was never true love, as they were both incapable of feeling love, and sometimes abandoned one another out of self-preservation. Despite Angels words Darla came to rescue him from Holtz and even when turned again by Drusilla, Darla expressed some of the same longing she had for him as a human causing Angel to flee unable to kill her again. Watcher Duncan Fillworthe observed that vampires were nothing but regret personified, and had a “hunger for life that’s been damned to never be satisfied.”

The evil of individual vampires seemed to vary widely. Dalton retained enough humanity for the Judge to burn him but Angelus did not. The Judge blamed Dalton’s status on his human trait of reading and also commented on Spike and Drusilla sharing the human traits of jealousy and affection.[10]

There’s a leading theory amongst Watchers that a person sired by a vampire will gain the essence of the same demon as their sire, meaning offshoots of the sire’s essence will enter anybody in their successive bloodline. This theory was given some weight when Buffy entered Spike’s mind and saw his previous sires (Drusilla, Angelus, Darla, The Master and Archeaus).[11]

Angel transformed into a Van-Tal.

The physics of certain dimensions could affect vampires in various ways. In Pylea’s case, vampires, known as “Van-Tals”, possessed some differences from its Earthly counterparts such as appearing reflective surfaces, living in the sunlight, and when they transformed into their “vamp face” they took the shape of a demon green, bestial, horned beast without any traces of humanity.

According to Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, this was what the demonic component of a vampire looked like. Wesley also incorrectly theorized that such a demon could have been the one that created the first vampire (in truth this was the Old One Maloker, whose appearance did not resemble Van-Tal.). However, considering that Archaeus was the one responsible for Angel’s bloodline and his appearances was similar to Angel’s pure form, in that Archaeus’ head and face has spikes coming out of it, Wesley was not too far off in his suggestion.

The existence of zompires puts into the question the exact savagery of the demon’s essence. Zompires were sired humans that weren’t inhabited by a demonic spirit due to Earth’s connection to other dimension being cut off. The result wasn’t lifeless shells of dead humans, but vicious creatures not too different from Van-Tals. This suggests that the bestial nature of vampires isn’t something introduced by the demon’s essence. but merely a component of their siring. The demonic essence could simply provide sentience by inheriting the person’s memories and feelings.

Darla siring the human Liam.

To create a new vampire, blood exchange was needed. Victims of vampire attacks did not turn into new vampires unless they consumed the sire’s blood when near death after being fed on by said vampire. If the vampire drained all of the victim’s blood, the victim would simply die. A human who imbibed vampire blood when not at the point of death would not change.[13] Vampires experienced sexual pleasure from the act of siring, comparable to orgasm, and sometimes they might sire new vampires by sexual instinct, which would explain why many new vampires were abandoned by their sires.

The destruction of the Seed of Wonder by Buffy Summers cut off the world from magic, interrupting the normal process of becoming a vampire. Thus, all vampires sired after that point became a mindlessly feral variety that Xander Harris christened “Zompires”, speculated to be the result of the siring process still taking place but the vampire demon no longer able to manifest in the resulting corpse. Once magic was restored by the creation of a new Seed the outcome of the siring process returned to normal.

Following the blood exchange, the victim died of blood loss and, according to Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, would reawaken on the night after the siring, sometime between sunset and sunrise.[14] However, certain other vampires rose a few hours after the blood exchange. No special preparations, such as burial, were required for the vampire’s rebirth. Vampires mostly rose from graves because they spent a time between death and rebirth as corpses and were buried. Some vampires however, preffered to bury their progeny out of some form of tradition.

In any event, new vampires often awoke with a sensation of disorientation, in which most vampires were highly violent and feral, before recovering and realizing their new status. This was not however always the case. For example, Sarah Holtz or Holden Webster didn’t attack from their awakening. This clarity usually “kicked in” after the vampire rose from the grave or at least after the first feeding. When the vampire overcame the confusion, they experienced a sensation of clarity that was new and unique, and which they would express in different ways:

The new vampire was commonly astonished by the new sensation of power and the connection to an “all-consuming evil.”

Angel explaining his psychic connection to Penn.

Angel dreamed of his progeny Penn’s actions, later telling his friends, “I used to have a connection with those I sired. It just means he’s close. That’s all”.[19] Angel also demonstrated this to track down Drusilla when she first appeared in Sunnydale. Darla was later able to use this ability in combination with Calynthia powder in order to manipulate Angel’s dreams.[20][21] Various Watchers had speculated that this link was the result of all vampires in the same ‘bloodline’ sharing a fragment of the essence of the original vampire demon that created them, which was apparently proven when Spike fell under the influence of Archaeus, the Old One who originally turned The Master into a vampire.

It was possible to bring back vampires from the dead in various ways.

In 2004, Spike was brought back from the dead as a “ghost” and then re-corporealized as a vampire. After Spike died in the final battle in the Hellmouth, Wolfram & Hart’s mystical Amulet would also ensure the survival of his spirit in Los Angeles, and his physical form was returned to him in a packaged spell by Lindsey McDonald, entailing a full resurrection.

After the Master’s death, the Anointed One attempted to resurrect him using his skeletal remains but was unsuccessful. The spell required the usage of the blood of those who were with the Master upon his death Rupert Giles, Jenny Calendar, Willow Rosenberg and Cordelia Chase but Buffy, Xander, and Angel stopped the ritual and destroyed the Master’s skeleton to ensure that this ritual would never be attempted again. The Master was later resurrected by the Seed of Wonder as its guardian and protector during the Twilight apocalypse, but was killed again during the fight.

Angel was initially turned human by the blood of a Mohra Demon in a negated timeline, but he turned back time when he learned that his new weakness would result in Buffy dying. Years later, the Senior Partners would transform Angel into a human to make him useless to the Powers That Be,[22] but he was returned to vampire form when he provoked the now-vampiric Gunn into killing him, forcing the Senior Partners to turn back time to a point when Angel was last a vampire in order to ensure that he could still play his prophesied role in their apocalypse.

The same temporal fold also reverted Gunn who had been turned into a vampire when Los Angeles was sent to Hell back into his human state, although he had to stay in hospital for several weeks afterwards due to his ‘restored’ injuries now that he was only human.

Any vampires that had been killed while Los Angeles was in hell were restored because of the temporal fold. Any vampires who were sired while Los Angeles was in hell (such as Gunn) were restored to their human state although they kept their memories of being vampires.

Darla was resurrected by a ritual performed by Vocah and Wolfram & Hart, sacrificing five regular vampires to restore her, but this ritual restored her to life as a human rather than a vampire, requiring her to be sired later when the disease that had been killing her in life began to kill her again.

A strong electric shock could temporarily cause a vampire’s heart to beat as if he or she was alive.[23]

The Master, an elder vampire, with his minions.

Vampires largely preferred working alone, though were sometimes found living in groups organized like packs or prides. These groups were commonly organized with the purpose of protection and feeding.

The leading vampire was known as “master”, usually the sire of the group, the eldest one or the most powerful; in any event, the dominant vampire was the one capable of achieving the top position and enforce his authority through strength and violence. There were also some cases in which the leading position was occupied by a dominant couple, like Spike and Drusilla or James and Elisabeth.

The followers were commonly known as “minions” or “lackeys”, though sometimes they could also be referred as “acolytes”. These were commonly the progeny of the master vampire, or vampires that fell under the authority of the master due to their own weakness or youth. While minions were expected to follow the commands of their master and were punished when failing, there were examples of vampires rebelling against their masters, or even choosing to serve a new one.

In some vampire bloodlines, there was a tradition of choosing new names for themselves after being sired. The Master’s bloodline was an example of this.

There were cases in which vampires wound up in the service of non-vampires, such as very powerful sorcerers or demons, even though vampires were commonly rejected by other demons who regarded them as the ultimate filth since they had human bodies.

There were some cases in which a powerful vampire required the service of human minions and lackeys, and sometimes even demons:

The vampire Luke holding the Slayer Buffy

Within vampire society, the Slayer could be described as a source of great fear. Even vampires as powerful as Angelus and Darla preferred to avoid confronting Slayers, keeping a low profile to prevent attracting her attention. Vampires felt a great deal of hatred towards Slayers, the only exceptions being ensouled vampires Angel and Spike who were in lovewith Slayer Buffy Summers.

The killing of a Slayer was considered a great feat in vampire society. For example:

Vampires were commonly described as “dead”. Death could be defined as a status in which the body lacked physiological functions, such as having a heartbeat or breathing. However, vampires were able to move, feed, talk and feel despite inhabiting dead bodies. The term “undead” was much more fitting because vampires, while not alive, weren’t dead either.

When a human was sired, their human soul left their body and a demon soul took possession of the corpse, reanimating it and altering its physiology. The demon within the vampire caused these alterations:

Darla and Drusilla morph into their vampire faces.

A vampire (the figure to the left) appearing on an infrared camera.

Even newly-risen vampires possess great strength.

Superhuman strength: Vampires possessed superhuman physical strength, though the exact extent and limits of this strength are debatable and often varied from individual to individual in the same way that it does in humans; either because of their age, what supernatural blood they had consumed, or how long they’ve been a vampire. Some vampires were capable of deforming metal with their hands,[1][62] while others were held back by wooden doors (that were barricaded from the other side albeit).[52][5] Chains had varying degrees of success and failure at restraining vampires; Angel was able to break out of them after hours of trying,[75] while others found them unbreakable. Vampires could easily press both their own weight and the weight of an average adult human, as they were shown to throw human bodies anywhere from 5 to 25ft away.

A vampire’s strength increased with age, though even newly-risen vampires had incredible strength. On her first day as a vampire after being re-sired, Darla effortlessly lifted Angel (who was considerably taller and more muscular than she was) off the ground by the throat with one hand, tossed fully-grown men around and snapped a shop assistant’s neck with ease.[14] Century-old vampires were able to do greater amounts of damage. Angel tore a man’s heart out with his bare hands, ripped demon’s limbs off and claimed he could literally rip a man’s head off his body.[76][77][78][79]Angel, Spike and Drusilla have killed powerful enemies by punching a hole through their torsos [80] [81], while Angel and Dracula have decapitated opponents with a single blow. [82] [83] Spike has even at one point single-handedly flipped over a car in anger.[84]

The vampire’s strength also appeared to increase when in their “game face,” as Buffy ordered Angel to assume it before he fought off vampires to keep them from butting into Buffy’s fight with the Master.[52] Furthermore, after assuming his vampire face, Angel was able to overpower the Beast and force him to his knees.

The blood of enhanced human and human-like beings augmented their strength to a great degree. Vampires also derived pleasure from the act of feeding off such humans. Examples of vampires feeding on superhumans and gaining a charge include:

Angel crosses a street as fast as Wesley turns his head.

Superhuman speed: Vampires could move much faster than normal humans. They could flash across distances in an instant [87][79][25][88] and preform actions very quickly in complete silence; the Master disappeared from Buffy’s line of sight when she briefly looked away before hearing his voice from afar [52], Spike drained and hid the bodies of two fully grown men in a few seconds without alerting the girl they were walking with [5], and Angel entered and exited Buffy’s bedroom from her window without her noticing (Xander even remarked that he wanted to put a bell on him).[89][5]

Angel could run at such speeds that he appeared to teleport several meters in mere seconds.[90][91][92][93] On one occasion, Angelus moved so fast that as he was chasing down Jenny Calendar he appeared in front of her even after she slowed him down from another direction.[94] Penn, the vampire that Angel sired when he was still Angelus, took out a room of armed police officers so fast that he was perceived as a fast-moving blur from the perspective of Kate, a human.[19]

Vampires had incredible reaction speed; Angel once spun around and caught a crossbow bolt fired at his back from point-blank range [95], side-stepped a tranquilizer dart fired at a close range and dodged bullets fired from multiple riflemen.[93][96] Spike has blocked an oncoming blade from hitting his back, by grabbing his foe and swinging her 90 degrees to the path of the blade before it could finish travelling.[97] Even a lesser vampire could bat away crossbow bolt fired less than 10 feet away.[98]

Angelus using his agility to evade danger.

Superhuman agility: Vampires possessed greater athleticism and manoeuvrability than normal humans and could leap great heights and distances.[99] A newly-risen Darla effortlessly rose up to the ceiling with Angel in hand to smash his head against the glass plane above.[14]

Angel possessed the ability to jump 10+ feet in the air.[100][35][101][102] He once jumped over a tall gate [92], and reached an airborne helicopter by leaping from within inside a building.[95] On occasion, he could jump almost 100 feet in the air.[93][103][104]

Drusilla gets hit by a car with no injuries.

Superhuman durability: Being undead, vampires could endure and survive near-limitless amounts of bodily damage so long as they were not decapitated or staked through the heart (see below). Their bodies appeared more durable to blunt force trauma than humans and could shrug off mortal wounds. However, a certain degree of damage could cause visible or debilitating effects.Drusilla was once hit by a car, but instantly got up completely unfazed.[14] A member of the Order of Aurelius was also hit by a bus and had no difficulty in killing the bus driver and the passengers afterwards.[15] Angel and Spike could take multiple gunshots to the torso and still escape. Spike even using his body as a human shield to protect Gunn and Lindsey from a Uzi sub-machine gunfire which bloodily shredded his back but didnt slow him down in the slightest.[105] Explosives could kill vampires[17][36], but older vampires like Angel and Spike could withstand explosions within close range to the source with their bodies intact and fully mobile.[106][88] Vampires could fall from high altitudes (such as skyscrapers) and land with little to no injury.[107][14][87][108][61][109] Vampires could also have live surgery preformed on them with little preparation or equipment.[59]

Accelerated healing: Vampires could heal more quickly than humans, though the process could vary depending on the severity of the injury (from months to mere seconds), and some vampires could receive permanent scars (see below). Angelus, for example, was beaten several times with a crowbar, but recovered in slightly over a minute and was able to engage in a full-blown sword fight with Buffy without any physical handicap.[46] Similarly, Angel was run over by a truck and beaten with a sledgehammer several times across his chin and mid-section, and recovered to fighting form in mere seconds.[110] Angel once took a shotgun blast to the back which pained him for the next few hours[111], but was completely healed and ready to fight the following night.[112]

Darla’s hand was impaled by a stake and it completely healed moments later.[25] Spike once had his eardrums poked out, but regenerated them seconds later amidst fighting a siren.[113]

However, vampires could suffer trauma (such as being put into a coma) that rendered them unconscious. They could also have permanent scars under certain conditions: Xin Rong, for example, used an enchanted sword that gave Spike a permanent scar on his eyebrow. Their healing abilities seemed to be somewhat superior to those of a Slayer; after a brutal fight between himself and Faith Lehane, Angel was barely scorched the next day, while Faith was still healing herself.[114]

Spike picks up Buffy’s scent.

Superhuman senses: Being primarily nocturnal, vampires had enhanced hearing, smell and night vision. They were especially sensitive to the scent of blood, and could distinguish individual humans and vampires by scent, as shown by the newly sired Gunn. There were exceptions: Spike was unable to identify Charlotte,[3] nor Harmony with Tamika before she showed her vamp-face (Tamika suggested she would have if she “wore less of that tacky perfume”)[74]. Alphonse and his minions took some time to distinguish between both Willow Rosenberg and her Wishverse counterpart.[29]The vampireCarl was also taken aback by Spike’s resistance while they were in confrontation.[34]

Angel knows one of Helen Brucker’s aides is a vampire on sight.

Spike in particular had an acute sense of smell; when the Scooby Gang turned on Buffy and forced her to leave, Spike tracked her down by scent alone at least several hours after she had left.[115] He was also able to track down the demon Gnarl [116] and the psychotic Slayer Dana.[61] Angel could tell by scent that Wesley had sex with a bleached blonde the night before, and also tracked the scent of a Triune Demon across the city of London.[117] Dracula recognised Rupert Giles when he was his child self based on the scent of his blood.[118] Vampires apparently were attracted to bright colors, and the alternate Sunnydale citizens were careful not to wear brightly colored clothing.[28]

Vampires possessed a highly advanced sense of hearing which allowed them to pick up faint noises from far distances. Members of a vampire cult were able to overhear Fred whisper something to Darla who then informed her that “vampires have great hearing”.[35] Angel heard a bloodthirsty demon hiss from the top floor of the Hyperion.[119] Darla used this when she spied on Buffy and Willow through a window of the library.[120]

Vampire’s eyes glowing in the darkness.

Vampires appeared to possess some degree of night vision. When the Mayor turned the school’s lights off, Angel assured Buffy that he could ” see all right”.[121] The Order of Aurelius vampires also had no problem navigating the dark sewers in pursuit of Buffy and Xander who had to use flashlights (in fact, vampires in general would normally use sewer systems to transverse during day time without any lighting aids). Additionally, the Aurelius vamps’ eyes illuminated in the dark in a similar manner to many animals do which help them see in low-light environments.[1] However, unlike their other senses, a vampire’s night vision appeared to be inconsistent; Angel at one point used night vision goggles while working a case with Kate Lockley,[68] while Spike needed a flashlight to see in the abandoned Initiative base.[122]

Their powers of perception were so great that they were capable of perceiving certain minuscule details that most beings would easily overlook. An example of this was when Illyria used her time-slowing powers to facilitate her and Knox’s escape from the Wolfram & Hart Science Lab, Spike was the only one who “saw a blur” just before Illyria vanished, leading to him, Angel, Gunn, and Wesley to speculate that her inexplicable disappearance stemmed from altering time rather than teleportation.

Several vampires, including Dalton, Penn and Marcus, wore eyeglasses. William Pratt, however, wore eyeglasses as a human, while Spike did not seem to need them he never showed signs of either myopia or farsightedness, and was able to read books and aim a gun with no problem. According to Angel, if a vampire required glasses as a human, they still needed them after their siring.[123]

Immortality: Vampires did not physically age from the point that they were sired and could live for centuries with the same vitality and vigor. While their human selves didn’t get any older, their “game face” became more gruesome and their ability to assume human form appeared to lose itself in some millennia-old vampires (see below).

Harmony fights off a vampire with no prior training.

Innate fighting prowess: Upon being sired, nearly all vampires possessed extraordinary ability in hand-to-hand combat, able to fight with great skill and shoot with great accuracy even if he or she had never possessed such skills or training as a human.

When being taught how to slay, Dawn nervously hoped that the newborn vampire pitted against her might not “know all the fancy martial arts they inevitably seem to pick up”, though she was proven wrong.[124] On one occasion, Angel, even while suffering from amnesia and believing himself to be a teenager, managed to defeat Connor by fighting purely on instinct.[69] Spike also fought off and killed multiple vampires while suffering from a memory loss spell.[41]

One exception appeared to be Harmony Kendall, who had poor fighting skills during her first year as vampire, equally matching up against the human Xander in a fight.[49] Over time after her first break-up with Spike, the newly-independent Harmony eventually began honing her instincts, holding her own in fights against Riley,[59] Spike[58] and fellow Wolfram & Hart employee Tamika.[74]

Drusilla murders a Slayer by slashing her throat with her fingernails.

Sharp Fingernails: Vampires’ fingernails were sharper than those of humans. Vampires like Drusilla and Dracula have killed humans by slashing their necks with their nails, and a random vampire caused Jasmine heavy bleeding by sinking his nails into her arm for a brief moment.[125][13][126][127] Additionally,Darla, Drusilla, and Dracula have used their nails to draw their own blood to feed the person they wished to sire.

Spike mentioned his desire to turn his fingernails into claws to incorporate into his fighting (saying it was “always more Dru’s thing), and did use them to tear a demonic entity posing as his mother into shreds.[128][129]

Rare or Unusual Powers: There were several instances of vampires possessing unusual abilities, either by practicing magic or through some other force:

Being “dead”, vampires did not age as living humans did, but the passing of centuries did benefit them.

The Master, the oldest vampire recorded

Drusilla’s vamp face.

Vampires did not require oxygen to survive, allowing them to survive in poisonous atmospheres, underwater and resist strangling. Angel was unaffected by gas[137] and was even able to survive in the poisonous atmosphere of the home dimension of Jasmine’s zealots.[138][139] Darla also mocked Angel when he strangled her.[25]

However, vampires did maintain some sort of breathing reflex, which allowed them to speak and smoke, and gag reflex, which could affect them when choked, though they could learn to ignore it, such as Darla when Angel strangled her[25] or when Angel was being attacked and strangled by a tentacled monster from a portal.[132]While they did not require air, they wereshown to pant after running for long periods of time. While unable to perform CPR, vampires were capable of smoking and speaking. Strangely, however, the first Turok-Han was shown torturing Spike by holding his head underwater.[53]

Wishverse Willow feeds on a human

A vampire’s normal diet consisted solely of mammalian blood. They possessed the ability to completely drain a human body in a matter of seconds. Though they preferred the blood of humans, that of other mammals, including rats, pigs and otters, seemed to suffice. After their ensoulment (and before, in Spike’s case) vampires Angel and Spike managed to remain strong and healthy by regularly purchasing pig’s blood from butcher shops, but needed to keep them contained in fridges to keep them fresh.[120][140] Many vampires were shown to dislike the taste of non-human blood, but otter blood seemed to be something of an exception.[141][142]

Spike feeds on pig’s blood.

As such, the vast majority vampires fed exclusively from humans despite being able to live on lower animals. Their soulless natures led them to value the taste (and sadistic joy of the act) first and foremost. However, if a human’s blood was tainted in some way, such as through steroid use, it tasted bad to vampires.[143]Certain other factors about the human may also affect their blood’s taste as youth[144] and virginity[1][86] seemed to be rather palatable choices.The blood of an elderly or middle-aged person was considered unappetizing.[5][34]

According toHarmony Kendall, individual vampires could either prefer biting on the right or left side of a human’s neck, describing herself as a “right-biter.” This was, however, proven false on several occasions. She may have been implying that biting a certain side of the neck might just be a preference.

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VampireAlignment

Always evil (any)

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A vampire is an undead creature. A humanoid or monstrous humanoid can become a vampire, and looks as it did in life, but with paler skin, haunting red eyes, and a feral cast to its features. A new vampire is created when another vampire drains the life out of a living creature, or when a living creature is killed by its Energy Drain. Vampires are drawn to feed on the blood of the living, and can only survive on blood (normal food and drink do nothing for it and cause it to forcefully vomit it up within moments), obtaining it in any way they possibly can. They do not cast shadows, nor do they possess a reflection.

A vampire can be of any evil alignment, and if its alignment was not evil in life, it becomes so in undeath. A vampire retains all the abilities it had in life, and also becomes super-humanly strong, fast, and durable. It also gains the ability to drain blood and life energy, and to dominate other creatures with its gaze. Vampires gain the ability to shapeshift into a Dire Wolf, Wolf, Bat, Dire Bat, and a Gaseous Form. A vampire can also command rat swarms, bat swarms, and wolves. Despite their many strengths, vampires have a multitude of weaknesses and limitations that cannot be overcome, no matter how old the vampire is. While this may cause problems for the vampire, it provides some comfort for the living who face these creatures.

All vampires are bound to their coffins, returning to them when they are brought down to zero hit points (rather than being destroyed like other undead). This time period is critical however, the vampire though forced into its gaseous form and immune to any form of damage (Note, this only occurs when they are brought to zero hit points, not when it can change at will) has a limited amount of time to arrive at its coffin or be destroyed permanently. Even while it is at rest in its coffin, it is helpless for one hour while it reforms again, and then can heal normally. Because of this, many vampires have special defenses to protect them and their coffins. Common examples of this are having weaker undead as guardians, traps (both magical and mundane), or by simply placing their coffin in a room where only someone in gaseous form could enter.

Garlic will keep a vampire at bay, as well as prevent it from entering a room or building laced with garlic. Staking a vampire does not destroy it, however it paralyzes the vampire, rendering it helpless until the stake is removed. Primarily this tactic is used in conjunction with more efficient disposal methods, such as exposing it to sunlight or beheading. Additionally, Vampires are repelled by mirrors (as they lack a reflection) and cannot attack someone wielding a mirror. Those of strong faith can repel a vampire with a holy symbol, the effects are the same as when one wields a mirror. Vampires cannot enter a private home unless they are invited in by the owner, or by someone with the authority to do so. Once invited in, they may come and go as they please. Public places (such as inns and taverns), require no invitation for a vampire to enter, because by definition, they are open to all. Silver weapons and magical weapons can hurt a vampire if one possesses such a weapon and is brave enough to fight these monsters.

There are two known efficient ways to destroy a vampire permanently. One, is to immerse a vampire in naturally running water (such as a river). Doing this causes it to lose one third of its hit points each round until it is finally destroyed (in other words, it can only survive for three rounds). The last, is exposing the vampire to direct sunlight. Upon first exposure, the vampire is disoriented and can only make a single move action, or attack action before it is destroyed utterly.

In some rare circumstances, a vampire consumes enough blood to be mistaken for a human. Then in even rarer cases, they breed with a humanoid or monstrous humanoid, creating a Half-Vampire. This unholy creation also occurs when a pregnant mother survives a vampire’s blood drain attack and the child is tainted in the result.

Master Vampires are vampires that have perfected the art of taking spawn, and as a result, can lead gangs against their enemies. They usually have one spawn that is much better than the others, due to their Master’s Chosen ability. However, all of a master vampire’s spawn are better than the norm; stronger, faster, and more numerous.

Out of all the undead, vampires are the most “human” to a point. A fledgling vampire may retain enough memory of its former life to still form a parody of emotion within itself. In some cases, this may cause the vampire to seek out its friends or loved ones and turn them into one of the unliving, thinking they are preserving this attachment, not realizing that when they are turned, that they are forced into an artificial attachment to their creator.

In general, many vampires are sociopaths and possess a superiority complex. Sadistic predators in a human form, Vampires see no problem in using anyone they view as weak or inferior (which is just about anything they can overpower) for their own personal gains. They do not trust others easily, and only the most careless vampire would let anyone know where they rest. Vampires are extremely paranoid as well, some more than others, and are cowards at heart. Always putting their own existence first, they will happily throw someone else in the way if it meant they could survive, even other vampires or their own spawn. Generally, when a vampire is beaten, it will flee the area, not wishing to put its own “life” at risk. As well, they tend to avoid anyone that could potentially overpower them.

Vampires that do not shed their former humanity completely, may still maintain a mockery of their old life. Many take up stations of great influence and power (such as a noble) within a mortal society. The benefits they gain are numerous. They can maintain discretion, use their natural powers of influence (which may make destroying them difficult), and have access to living beings to feed upon. However, as the years drag on, less and less of the person they used to be ebbs away until they are nothing but a soulless hunter.

Some sadistic vampires enjoy eroticizing their need for blood. Sometimes taunting and teasing their prey in a cruel mockery of mortal flirtation. All vampires enjoy the thrill of hunting. Feeding and hunting down the living is their only true source of pleasure and amusement. Some vampires enjoy using their immortality and ability to create others of their kind as an advantage. Common ploys are to tempt a mortal with the promise of unlife and immortality, in exchange for wealth and services. Occasionally, these sate the vampire enough so that it indulges the mortal’s request and turns them into one of the unliving. Though some simply trick the mortal, killing them effortlessly and taking the payment anyway. Another is to turn a potential foe or rival into a loyal spawn, thus benefiting them in two ways. They get rid of a rival, and gain a loyal minion in the process.

Solitary: A solitary vampire is akin to a lone wolf stalking a herd of sheep. It stakes out a target, and tracks it, for days, perhaps weeks. Learning its schedule, its habits, and when is the best time to strike. Almost always the victim is someone weaker than the vampire. Effortlessly, the vampire uses whatever forms necessary to aid in its hunt. Occasionally, the vampire may give its prey small signs that they are being hunted. When the time presents itself, the vampire strikes, dragging its prey away and ensuring that it cannot be aided quickly, or that no witnesses are present. When the prey is rendered helpless (usually in a non-lethal way), the vampire taunts its victim relentlessly. Teasing it, torturing it, constantly reminding the prey and often describing in graphic terms what and how the victim will die. This technique is like that of a cat playing with a mouse it has caught. After it has had enough “fun” with its victim, the vampire feeds, killing its victim and sating its hunger until the hunger returns and repeats the process over again. Smart hunters that are dealing with a solitary vampire can use its habits against it. Focused on its prey, generally a vampire will ignore anything else that doesn’t hinder its ability to capture it. This technique can be used to bait out a vampire if needed.

If it is ever compromised however, the vampire will use any and all means available to it to escape. Spells (if it uses any), dominate, calling animals to aid it, and shapeshifting, it does not care for honor or fighting fair. The only thing a vampire cares for is its own existence. If cornered, usually a vampire will act relatively calm, subtly attempting to influence the strongest foe and trying to talk its way out of the situation while its rapid healing closes any major wounds. If its “diplomatic” approach fails, it tends to act more animalistic, using its strength and slam attack to hinder and weaken its foes before escaping.

Pair: A pair of vampires tend to follow the solitary approach, but with more coordination and planning. However, both compete against each other to try and snatch the victim first for the first taste of blood. When a pair is compromised, both use a stunning display of their powers and abilities to fend off their foes in near-perfect coordination. Typically a pair of vampires are two different classes that work well together to help the other where one is weaker (Example: Fighter and Mage). However, if both are pursued, they split up and betray the other, no matter how strong their bond (assuming one isn’t a spawn that can simply be ordered to be used as fodder) they will both try and direct their pursuer’s attention to the other. If one should fall, the surviving vampire cares little; it was simply weak.

Group: A group of vampires are the most dangerous encounters. Typically this is comprised of a strong leader (usually one who is older and stronger) with a group of lower level vampires or spawn it has created. Their hunting techniques leave destruction in their wake, and fear in those who encounter them. Some use baiting techniques. A common technique is for a more visually appealing or persuasive member of the group to lure a hapless victim to a spot where it can’t be helped, either by persuasion or by Dominate. When the victim is in the designated spot, the rest of the group springs from the shadows, tearing the victim to pieces in a frenzied orgy of blood and hunger. A more direct approach is for a group to terrorize a small village, feeding on any and all that should cross their path until the group is sated, or until they are driven off. A group of fleeing vampires is just as dangerous. Each one will try and make another of the group fall behind or have their pursuers catch the unfortunate vampire, hoping to stave off their pursuers long enough so that they can run. Each will use dominate and their children of the night ability to drive off their attackers, and continue to flee if the odds are against them.

Vampires as a whole, do not have an organized society or rules they must live by, nor do they have clans that dictate their abilities or attitudes. Many are solitary, preferring to hunt in solitude and “live” out their existence as they see fit. They do not have a rule about exposing themselves to mortals, but many generally keep their condition a secret if they are living amongst mortals or do not wish to compromise a position.

It isn’t uncommon for a vampire and a group of spawn to travel around together, or create their own “society” and laws they live by. Generally however, vampires care little for their own spawn, using them as a mortal uses a tool.

Despite their belief that they are superior to all other forms of life, they can work with, or even for other evil beings if it benefits them in some way. These can range from other intelligent undead, evil dragons, demons, devils, and evil humanoids.

The Lords of Darkness (1988) accessory described a “greater vampire” which was created from the life-draining kiss of a succubus. A greater vampire had all the abilities of a lesser vampire and could also move about freely in daylight, allowing it to take on the persona of a normal person, usually a wealthy individual. During the hours of daylight, the greater vampire retained its superior strength and spell immunities but could not use any of its special abilities such as life-drain, shapeshifting, or gaseous form.[10]

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