Thursday, August 18, 2011

Another "Underworld?" Okay.

Below, the trailer for "Underworld: Awakening," aka "Underworld: Part 4," aka "Len Wiseman Presents: Yeah, I'm Hittin' That - Part 3." Basic premise this time around? It's "Futurama" (or "Idiocracy") but with Kate Beckinsale's leather-clad vampiress as the time-displaced hero.



I'm kind of embarassingly fond of the "Underworld" movies, which benefit from a pretty novel (and dense) approach to the vampire/werewolf mythology and are unique in that they do so without having been based on some previously-written material.

Apparently the vampires and lycans are on the same side now, fighting againt the human race that has previously been played as largely ignorant of the centuries-old monster-war going on in it's margins (hence the title.)Unfathomably gorgeous actress in a pleather-onesie doing a lucha-libre scissor-kick move on an 8-foot practical-effect werewolf? That'll work.

12 comments:

lordy said...

I was glad to see they mentioned Michael at the end of the trailer at least. Even if he doesn't appear in it (maybe the actor wasn't interested?), it's nice to see he hasn't just been 'forgotten' about and pretending he didn't exist, as other sequels do sometimes.

Was that Viktor (Bill Nighy) at 0.50 though? Could be a flashback, but it sounded as though he was talking about the 'current' events. I suppose it could be someone else though, and just looked similar to me.

Atlas said...
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Atlas said...

I really enjoyed the first one.

And yeah, there's never a bad reason to have Kate Beckinsale jumping about in faux-leather.

The Noir Guy said...

Somehow I'm ok with this and not the new Resident Evil.

Pat said...

While not strictly BASED on anything, the Underworld movies are very reminiscent of the Vampire: The Masquerade type stuff. So much so that White Wolf tried to sue them and got a settlement out of it.

That being said, I really enjoyed the first couple movies. I still haven't bothered to see the Rise of the Lycans, though. I might check this one out.

Chris Evans said...

Looks like a Resident Evil movie.

Aaron said...

Yeah, I was going to mention that the entire Underworld mythos is based pretty much entirely on the White Wolf games, of which there is volumes of source material for reference.

biomechanical923 said...

Always nice to see somebody battling vampires and lycans with a whip.

The Underworld Series feels like a video game movie for a game that never existed. I love that there are a ton of hat-tips to older genre monster movies and games.

I can definitely see some Legacy of Kain / Castlevania / Vampire the Masquerade "wink wink nudge nudges"

seraphmaclay said...

Um...wasn't she a true immortal, like Alexander, at the end of the second one? Michael and Alexander's sons, Markus and William were the hybrid attempts at remaking them, which made her like the most bad ass of them all. Why is she considered a "blight" then? And why in the hell is she saying something's more powerful than her at this point, when the only thing left on a potentially even playing field with her is Michael (granted, she's subject 2 according to the trailer)? Too many plot holes in a trailer makes me hope they're answered in the film, otherwise, it could be really bad...

Joe said...

Most of Underworld's vampire stuff is heavily lifted from or at least inspired by White Wolf. Almost all vampire fiction from the mid-90s on at least takes a sip from the White Wolf well.

The werewolf stuff, not so much. Only in that the werewolves actually have a large-scale secret society similar to the vampires. Before White Wolf you never really saw werewolves in fiction in organizations larger than a pack of a dozen or so. (And wow, other than Lucius and one or two others, the werewolves in Underworld are really stupid. It's a wonder they've lived so long.)

lordy said...

The vampire-werewolf hybrid is in World of Darkness games too - and is called an 'Abomination' there as well.

Sam Robards, Occasional Gamer said...

I LOVE these movies and can't wait for this one to come out. In fact, it's probably my favorite movie trilogy.

I'm glad they're expanding on the human side of this universe: they hinted at it a little in Rise of the Lycans (the vamps pretty much extorted them for protection money), but this puts them in a whole now light. Really interesting stuff, if you ask me.

Though I have no desire to see this (or anything else) in 3D. I don't care how it's shot, I am just vehemently opposed to 3D movies/TV.