I wasnt aware there was an original! I will definitely look that up. I watched the remake of Conan just the other day, and just thought it was mediocre. Solomon Kane is far, far better. I've never watched GoT, but being that I've been binge watching fantasy, sword/sorcery movies, I'll have to check it out.
Would you be so kind recommend any others similar to this, whynotwriteme? I recently purchased the LOTR trilogy (I know, i know...im years behind), and am very impressed so far. I'm halfway through the Two Towers. Also thinking about checking out Legend, with Tom Cruise.
There were no earlier Solomon Kane movies, just stories written by Robert E. Howard and later Marvel comic books. The character was basically ripped off in the movie Van Helsing.
As far as movies, James Purefoy made an excellent medieval adventure called Ironclad. No fantasy elements, but it was a rousing adventure. Pathfinder is good as well, but a lot of people don't like the PC aspects of it. Do check out GoT. Some of the stuff there is amazing. Legend is a very good movie. Willow from the late 80s is also good and you can't miss the LOTR movies. The Hobbit movies, not so great but worthwhile.
In the written arena, my favorites are Fritz Lieber's Fafhrd & The Gray Mouser stories. There's a series by Karl Edward Wagner called Kane that is very grim and bloody. (No relation to Solomon Kane.) Some of the Conan imitators are good, like Thongor and Brak but there's a lot of junk. Elric of Melnibone by Michael Moorcock is also considered a classic.
I prefer older fantasy books myself. Most of the newer stuff is too formulaic and you get stuck in these long, never-ending series that just sputter out. There's a new genre called "Grimdark" that is essentially Sword & Sorcery taken to its bleakest extremes. Some is OK but other times its just an excuse for gore and depravity. I'd stick with pre-80s Sword & Sorcery to start.
Thank you very much for the recommendations! I appreciate the thought out and thorough response. I'm going to jot these down in my travel journal :) Thanks again!