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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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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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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name Corvin, derived from Corvinus is most likely a reference to Mathius Corvinus of Moldavia who was an ally of Vlad Tepes, the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. See more »


The men behind Kahn at the door to Viktor's chamber are all different men when they get into the chamber. 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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Written by Richard Patrick, Wes Borland, Danny Lohner
Performed by The Damning Well
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Original Vampire & Werewolf film
18 May 2004 | by (Queensland, Australia) – See all my reviews

I loved Underworld. But I love most decent Vampire or Werewolf films, so that's a bit biased, eh? Basing the two species on a genetic, scientific idea makes them work exceedingly well, and removes all those problems that mysticism brings to a film, like reflections or holy items. This Vamp-Werewolf model make explanations easy, rather than requiring long prologues or in-depth discussions. The whole 'virus' idea is logical, and easy to follow. It's slick, modern, fast-paced action combined with classic, Gothic Vampire & Werewolf ideas, like the Vamp's high-tech weapons being kept in a massive, stately manor. I'm a real fan of the whole colour scheme, with few colours used in any one shot, and blues used for almost everything, keeping it looking cool, and sleek. I am also a Kate Beckinsale fan, and I love Action films that don't use women like an extra person to shout 'watch out!' or hit someone over the head. K.Beckinsale's character is great for this, it's someone who could easily be a guy. (Although, I'm thinking the outfit'd need a bit of enlarging if it were)

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