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A Note Regarding Spoilers

The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make this page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Underworld can be found here.

Death Dealer and mortal enemy of Lycans, century-old vampire Selene (Kate Beckinsale) fears the worst when she learns that the Lycans are stalking a human doctor named Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman) for no discernible reason. Consequently, she takes him under her wing, which is enough to anger Kraven (Shane Brolly), the leader of their vampire coven. But when Michael is subsequently bitten by a Lycan, he and Selene must go on the run while desperately trying to uncover why the Lycans want him.

No. Underworld is based on a screenplay by American screenwriters Kevin Grevioux, Danny McBride, and Len Wiseman (who also directed the movie). The movie was subsequently novelized by American science fiction writer Greg Cox. The novelization, also titled Underworld (2003) was followed by Blood Enemy (2004), which is actually a fan-fiction prequel that describes the Great Battle between vampires and lycans that took place over 1,000 years ago. A movie sequel to Underworld, Underworld: Evolution, was released in 2006, followed by Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009) and Underworld: Awakening (2012).

No. The vampires are humans infected with a virus that makes them immortal and gives them heightened strength and senses. Like traditional vampires, they must live on blood (human food can kill them) and avoid sunlight, which will kill them almost instantly. Like the vampires, the werewolves come from the same genetic source as the vampires, but they inherited traits from a wolf rather than a bat.

Vampires and werewolves are both descendents of Alexander Corvinus, a Hungarian warlord in the 5th century, whose village was ravaged by a plague. Alexander had a rare blood abnormality that morphed the virus in his bloodstream. This gave him superhuman strength and immortal life, making him the first true immortal. He was neither Vampire or Lycan. Approximately 200 years later, he fathered three sons. All three sons carried the same genetic defect as Alexander, as well as the virus. One son inherited the virus in its dormant state and remained human. He died a mortal death, passing down the hidden gene through his bloodlines. The other two -- William and Marcus -- were bitten by wolf and by bat, respectively, becoming the first werewolf and vampire.

Who are the elders?

There are three of them: Viktor (Bill Nighy), Marcus (unseen, played by Tony Curran in Underworld: Evolution), and Amelia (Zita Görög). They share power by switching out every hundred years, leapfrogging with each other. One rules while the other two sleep. Viktor claims to be the oldest and strongest of the three. At the start of Underworld, Marcus is about to be reawakened by Amelia, the current reigning elder.

Where is Marcus?

The Elder called Marcus is currently in hibernation (thus unseen) throughout the movie. He becomes the main antagonist in Underworld: Evolution.

Who is Lucian?

Lucian (Michael Sheen) is the current leader of the Lycans, replacing William when Viktor imprisoned him somewhere (no one knows where) for all eternity. Lucian was supposedly killed during the Great Battle when he was found consorting with Viktor's daughter Sonja. More about Lucian and Sonja can be seen in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans.

Lucian wasn't killed in the Great Battle. He cut the identifying brand off his own arm and then gave it to Kraven so that Kraven could become a war hero and gain substantial power within Viktor's coven. Although it is unknown exactly what transpired between Lucian and Kraven, Lucian agreed to lay low as a part of their deal. In return, Lucian promised to help Kraven get rid of the vampire counsel and the elders so that he could take power if he agreed to spare his life. This would have gotten rid of Viktor, whom Lucian hates, and create peace between the species.

Because Kraven was more afraid of Viktor than Lucian. If Kraven would have been able to kill Viktor by himself, he would have done it, hence why he and Lucian waited for Viktor to be in hibernation to do the deed. Kraven may have hoped that by really killing Lucian this time, it would gain him a pardon from Viktor. Lucian and Kraven made a deal that would benefit both parties, but they held no loyalty to one another. Once Viktor is awake and knows of Kraven's betrayal, Lucian lost his usefulness.

How does the movie end?

Michael is mortally wounded by Kraven, and Selene bites him on Lucian's suggestion that 'half-vampire half-Lycan are stronger than both.' Viktor catches up to them, pulls Selene off Michael, and tosses him through a wall into a pool of water where he begins to transform again, this time incorporating his new vampire blood. Selene confronts Viktor with the fact that it was he, not the Lycans, who killed her family, and Viktor admits it, adding that he thinks he's given Selene a greater gift by turning her into a vampire but bemoans the fact that he's going to have to kill her just as he did his own daughter Sonja. As Viktor turns on Selene, Michael jumps him. Selene grabs a sword and goes after Viktor, beheading him. She then picks up the necklace that Viktor dropped after taking it from Lucian. The final scene scans the Great Hall, showing Marcus' tomb with Singe's Lycan blood spilling into it. In a voiceover, Selene says, 'Though I cannot predict the future, the consequences of this night will reverberate through the halls of both great coven for many years to come. Two vampire elders have been slain, one by my own hand. Soon Marcus will take the throne, and a tide of anger and retribution will spill out into the night. Differences will be set aside, allegiances will be made, and soon I will become the hunted.'

What happened to Raze?

Raze (Kevin Grevioux) morphs into his Lycan form and challenges Soren (Scott McElroy), the guy with the dual whips. Raze defeats him and continues to feed on him, then he spots Viktor and his entourage heading into the hideout. Raze attacks Viktor, but unfortunately Viktor over-powers him, grabs him by the throat, presumably breaks his neck, and then stabs Raze with his sword.

Does Kahn die?

Kahn's (Robbie Gee) death is ambiguous at best. While searching for Lycans, one pops up beside him and the Lycan attacks, but we don't see Kahn get killed. Soon after, there is a lot of gunfire, so it's possible Kahn was attacked but saved by his men. Seeing as how Viktor's clan was more or less dismantled by the end of the film, it's likely that Kahn, if he did survive, wouldn't feel the need to stick around.

What gun was used...?"

Fifteen different guns were used in the movie. For a description and photos of them, see here.

The movie was released on DVD in two different versions, the R-Rated Theatrical Version (for strong violence/gore and some language) as well as the Unrated Extended Cut. However, in this case the Theatrical Version was pretty good already and the Extended Cut mainly adds some storyline, thus inflating the movie to more than two hours. Yes, there is more insight in the relationship between Erika and Kraven, some more of Michaels history and a little more shooting, but none of this is necessary to understand the movie better. Some of the new footage even seems to be true filling material that was left out of the original version with a cause. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.

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