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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)

An origins story centered on the centuries-old feud between the race of aristocratic vampires and their onetime slaves, the Lycans.

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The prequel story traces the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires and their onetime slaves, the Lycans. In the Dark Ages, a young Lycan named Lucian emerges as a powerful leader who rallies the werewolves to rise up against Viktor, the cruel vampire king who has enslaved them. Lucian is joined by his secret lover, Sonja, in his battle against the Vampire army and his struggle for Lycan freedom. Written by Anonymous

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Every war has a beginning.


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Rated R for bloody violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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23 January 2009 (USA)  »

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Underworld 3  »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£990,285 (UK) (23 January 2009)

Gross:

$45,802,315 (USA) (27 February 2009)
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Trivia

If watched chronologically, Rise of the Lycans would come first in the franchise. See more »

Goofs

When the Noble gets thrown into the pillar and lands with a head wound, the wound shakes after he is motionless. Also the color is incorrect for the scene given the lighting. See more »

Quotes

Lucian: I have no wish to remove one shackle from around your necks, only to replace them with one of my own. You'll have a choice: you can run and hide, or you can stay and fight. Any man who fights with me shall have his freedom and, if he wishes it; immortality.
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Connections

Referenced in Face Off: Future Frankenstein (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Board Up the House (Renholder Remix)
Written by William Jordan, Mookie Singleman, Michael Sochynsky
Performed by Genghis Tron
Courtesy of Relapse Records
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I Am Spartacus!
7 May 2009 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans : In this prequel we get little of Romeo and Juliet and a dash of Spartacus. The vampires have bred themselves a race of Lycan slaves to guard them during the daylight hours, but when Lucian, the favored pet of Viktor the ruling vampire, falls in love with his daughter things go bad rather quickly. The CGI werewolves are leaps and bounds better than their previous incarnations in this series and the only CGI complaint I have is to the occasionally bad CGI blood spray. Rhona Mitra makes for a hot vampire, and Bill Nighy and Michael Sheen return to chew up some nice scenery. After watching the big battle one is forced to ask the question that pops up after watching any of the Underworlds movies, "How did the Lycans lose the war?" Seriously, the vampires in these films are as fragile as a 1978 Ford Pinto.


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