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Underworld (2003)

R  |   |  Action, Fantasy  |  19 September 2003 (USA)
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Selene, a beautiful vampire warrior, entrenched in a war between the vampire and werewolf races. Although she is aligned with the vampires, she falls in love with Michael, a human who is sought by werewolves for unknown reasons.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Erwin Leder ...
Kahn (as Robby Gee)
Dennis J. Kozeluh ...
Dignitary (as Dennis Kozeluh)
Scott McElroy ...
Sándor Bolla ...


A war has been raging between the Vampires and Lycan for centuries, Selene (Beckinsale) is a death dealer, assigned to hunt down and eradicate the last of the Lycan. When she comes across Michael Corvin (Speedman) who holds the key to end the war she must decide where her allegiances will lie. Written by satyr-14 (fixed ShortBrit's summary)

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On September 19th, all Hell breaks loose. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence/gore and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Inframundo  »

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Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,487,839 (UK) (19 September 2003)


$903,637 (Brazil) (30 April 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie was initially pitched as "Romeo and Juliet for vampires and werewolves". See more »


When Michael goes through his first transformation in the police car, he has/hasn't fangs from take to take. See more »


[first lines]
Selene: [voiceover] The war had all but ground to a halt in the blink of an eye. Lucian, the most feared and ruthless leader ever to rule the Lycan clan, had finally been killed. The Lycan horde scattered to the wind in a single evening of flame and retribution. Victory, it seemed, was in our grasp, the very birthright of the vampires. Nearly six centuries had passed since that night, yet the ancient feud proved unwilling to follow Lucian to the grave. Though Lycans were fewer in number, ...
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Referenced in Dance in the Vampire Bund: Andâwârudo (2010) See more »


Rocket Collecting
Written and performed by Milla Jovovich (as Milla)
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New Blood For Vampire Legends
10 April 2004 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

"Underworld" is no ordinary horror movie. It tells the tale of a secret war between vampires and werewolves (or as they're called here, lycans). Kate Beckinsale stars as Selene, a lethal assassin on the vampire side. Scott Speedman plays Michael Corvin, a man who finds himself wrapped up in this brutal war. This movie is rather well done, despite all the blood and graphic violence. The look of the movie is dark, Gothic and brooding, which fits very well with the story. The script is interesting, using science to bring the vampire and werewolf legends into the modern age (such as saying the lycans are allergic to silver). The story of the bitter rivalry between to two mythic characters would make a fascinating prequel, and the sequel should follow "Underworld" with real impact as well.

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