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By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | October 24, 2008 |


This trailer probably should’ve gone in today’s geek news, but the truth is, I absofuckinglutely adored the first Underworld movie, if only because — before Ryan Reynolds and Robert Downey, Jr. — my man crushes were on Scott Foley and Scott Speedman (I am one proud motherfucking “Felicity” fanatic, and you can stick that smirk right up your shit-hole). The only reason I haven’t written it up as a retrospective is because if falls somewhere between underappreciated gem and Pajiba blockbuster, and it’s a little too intense for Hangover Theater. The critics killed it at the time, but I think it stands out as one of the better gothic fantasy flicks in recent years, even if it did lack in creativity and felt a little like a Blade knock-off. Unfortunately, the second film Underworld: Evolution — other than Kate Beckinsale’s insane leather pants — did nothing for me.

And here’s the trailer for number three: The Rise of the Lycans. It’s a prequel — or an origins story — which is the studio’s way of working around the fact that Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman won’t be returning for the third installment, in which case: What’s the point. Not even Len Wiseman, the director, will have anything to do with it, though The Rise of the Lycans will give us a preview of Dirk Blackman’s writing style — he’s also attached to 2010’s Conan remake. It’s also clear, from the trailer, that they’re really really trying to capitalize on Gerard Butler’s 300 voice.

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Underworld Without Kate Beckinsale's Leather Pants

So What's the Point? / Dustin Rowles

Trade News | October 24, 2008 | Comments ()



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