Underworld series: timeline

Few vampire and werewolf fans do not know of the Underworld series of movies.  Whether or not you like their portrayal, or don’t like their portrayal of vampires and werewolves, there’s no question that the movies helped popularize lycans for a whole new generation of filmgoers.  If you haven’t seen them all, it’s time to catch up!

Underworld (Part 1 of the series)

underworldThe first of the werewolf movie franchise was released in 2003 and starred Kate Beckinsale as a vampire “death dealer.” The vampire Selene (Kate Beckinsale) takes center stage as she leads a Vampire war against the evil werewolves.  The movie introduces us to the centuries old war between vampires and werewolves, and Selene’s relationship with Michael Corvin.

The film first film was the longest of the three made so far totaling 121 mins. Watch the trailer here.

Underworld: Evolution (Part 2 of the series)

Underworld EvolutionThe next installment of the Underworld series came three years later in 2006 again starring Kate Beckinsale as Selene. This movie returns us to the war between the vampires and lycans and actually picks up immediately at the end of the first movie. In this movie, we are introduced to the ancient history and origins of the centuries old battle between the two species.  Ancient elders of the clans are introduced and secrets of the origins are revealed.

The second film of the series made is the second longest so far at 106 mins. Watch the trailer for Evolution here.

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (Part 3 of the series)

Underworld rise of the LycansThe third of the Underworld series focused attention on the Lycans by allowing us to see what the events were that led up to the Vampire VS Lycan war. The 2006 werewolf movie, Rise of the Lycans, is a prequel to the events of the first and second movie, so we will get to see how many of the later events emerged.  The film takes place in the Dark Ages and familiarizes us with Lucian, the very first of the lycans. We also get a better understanding of the oppression of the werewolf culture by the vampires… slavery… Were the vampires responsible for creating an evil species of werewolves?

The shortest of the series so far, Rise of the Lycan checked in at 92mins. Watch the trailer for this movie here.

 Underworld Awakening (Part 4 of the series)

underworld awakeningThe newest part of the werewolf franchise, Awakening, is due to release in theaters in 2012 as  Selene returns to her leadership role. The movie will focus attention on the humans and their discovery of the Vampire and Werewolf race. Currently the movie is being promoted as a 3D release.

The length of this film is currently unclear, however, judging by the progressively diminishing length of the past movies  we can suspect that the next film could be less than 90mins long. Watch the trailer for the movie here.

There is no doubt that the Underworld werewolf movie franchise has made a mark in the horror genre and in the werewolf community. In fact, a week-long poll conducted by ilovewerewolves.com showed that many of our readers consider the Underworld movies to be “werewolf movies.”

werewolves vote Is the Movie Underworld a Werewolf or Vampire movie?

  • Werewolf Movie (58%, 11 Votes)
  • Vampire Movie (42%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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What do you think?

werewolves vote Is the Movie Underworld a Werewolf or Vampire movie?

  • Underworld is a WEREWOLF movie! (65%, 11 Votes)
  • Underworld is a VAMPIRE movie! (35%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 17

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