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Underworld: Extended Cut [2003]

Director:Len Wiseman
Writer:Danny McBride [II]
Composer:Paul Haslinger
Length:133 minutes
(2 hours 13 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Susp/Hor
IMDB Rating:7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:31%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Selene, a beautiful vampire warrior, is entrenched in a war between the vampire and werewolf races. Although she is aligned with the vampires, she falls in love with Michael, a werewolf who longs for the war to end.

Reaction: Action packed and intriguing. It's basically Romeo and Juliet with vampires and werewolves, but it's a fun ride.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Len Wiseman => Director
Danny McBride [II] => Writer / Mason
Paul Haslinger => Composer
Bill Nighy => Viktor
Brian Steele => Werewolf
Dennis J. Kozeluh => Dignitary (as Dennis Kozeluh)
Erwin Leder => Singe
Kate Beckinsale => Selene
Kevin Grevioux => Raze
Michael Sheen => Lucian
Mike Mukatis => Taylor
Richard Cetrone => Pierce (as Rich Cetrone)
Robbie Gee => Kahn (as Robby Gee)
Sándor Bolla => Rigel
Scott McElroy => Soren
Scott Speedman => Michael Corvin
Shane Brolly => Kraven
Sophia Myles => Erika
Todd Schneider => Trix
Wentworth Miller => Dr. Adam Lockwood
Zita Görög => Amelia

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Kate Beckinsale first met future husband Len Wiseman on the set.
  • Days before its US opening, the president of Screen Gems green lit not only a sequel to the movie Underworld but also a prequel after seeing the number of tickets sold in Canada alone.
  • Michael Sheen and Wentworth Miller were both interviewed for the Scott Speedman role. It only took two days to film Wentworth Miller's role
  • There were no special effects used to alter Kevin Grevioux's (Raze's) voice. It actually gets that deep naturally.
  • The actors only had two weeks of wirework and prop training for the movie.
  • The 'attack dogs' outside of the vampire mansion were actually very docile and playful canines, which were the only dogs available at the time. For the scene where they chase Scott Speedman, director Len Wiseman had to film short clips of the dogs running and later put in sounds of vicious barking. If you look closely though you can see their tails happily wagging back and forth.
  • Halle Berry, Milla Jovovich and Rhona Mitra were considered for the lead role.
  • A kiss between Michael and Selene (when she unchains him in Lucian's lab) appears in the trailer but was not included in the theatrical release or on the DVD, but it is on the unrated version of Underworld.
  • Len Wiseman wanted David Bowie to appear as a vampire at the vampire's feast, but due to some time problems it did not work out.
  • This movie marked Len Wiseman's feature film directorial debut. He opted to shoot many of the action and effects sequences live, without computer imagery. In one scene, for instance, a werewolf seems to run more than 50 mph behind a speeding car. This was shot using an elaborate rig towed behind a vehicle, with actor Michael Sheen doing the closeups of the running and the jump onto the car, while the long shot of Lucian running was done by stuntman Todd Schneider.
  • 'Selene', the heroine's name, is the Moon in Greek mythology. According to writer/actor Kevin Grevioux, the model for the Selene character was the psychic vampire of the Hellfire Club in the X-Men comics, the Black Queen Selene.
  • Scott Speedman suffered a concussion when a set prop that was supposed to be a piece of the wall Viktor had just thrown him through hit him in the head.
  • Rhona Mitra, who was considered for Selene, would later play Sonja in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans.