Underworld Evolution

  • Directors: Len Wiseman
  • Producers: Len Wiseman, Danny McBride, Kevin Grevioux
  • Writers: Characters, Len Wiseman, Danny McBride, Kevin Grevioux, Story, Len Wiseman, Danny McBride, Screenplay, Danny McBride
  • Genres: Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Tony Curran

The movie opens in the year 1202 AD with an army led by three vampire elders (Markus, Viktor, and Amelia) arriving at a Werewolf ravaged village. After killing several werewolves, Viktor and Amelia capture their target: Markus’s brother William Corvinus, the first and most powerful werewolf. Viktor orders that William be imprisoned in a secret location forever.

The story then continues the present-day timeline, after the events of the first film. Selene takes Michael to a safe house so that she can return to the mansion to confront Kraven. She knows Kraven intends to kill Markus and plans to stop him. However, Singe’s blood has already awakened Markus, turning him into a hybrid, who then wipes out Kraven and his men, and destroys the mansion. He learns Selene and Michael’s location from camera surveillance of various safe houses and leaves to track them down. Markus confronts Selene and Michael, who evade him and hide in a warehouse.

Lorenz Macaro, an elderly and imposing man, sends in a team of “Cleaners” to investigate the aftermath from the final battle in the first movie. When Macaro examines Viktor’s body he finds a metal disk attached to his ribcage which is the match to Sonja’s pendant, which is in the possession of Selene and Michael. Now knowing that the pendant is of some importance to Markus, Michael and Selene set out to solve its mystery. Selene recalls that she’d seen it as a child, but doesn’t know its significance. To find answers, they travel to the hideout of the exiled vampire historian, Andreas Tanis.

Selene leads the cleaners to the prison to confront and destroy Markus, but he has already freed William. A battle ensues in which William bites the Cleaners and begins turning them into Lycans. Michael, presumed to be dead inside his bodybag, suddenly regenerates and joins the fight in his Hybrid form. Michael ultimately kills William, while Selene kills Markus by pushing him into the spinning blades of a crashed helicopter. It is then revealed that Selene can now stand in the sun. As the film ends, Selene narrates that she fears the days ahead, as the death of the Elders will cause nothing but chaos; but she is nevertheless hopeful.

Underworld

  • Directors: Len Wiseman
  • Producers: Robert Bernacchi, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg
  • Writers: Story, Kevin Grevioux, Len Wiseman, Danny McBride, Screenplay, Danny McBride
  • Genres: Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy, Shane Brolly

Perched on the ledge of a building in a rainy night, two black-garbed vampires known as Death Dealers track a pair of werewolves who are walking on the street below in their human form. The vampires, Selene and Rigel, specialize in assassinating an ancient species of werewolves known as Lycans. Selene’s motivation goes beyond duty; she also wants revenge, for she believes that Lycans slaughtered her family when she was a child. The vampires believe that they defeated the werewolves many centuries ago and killed their leader, Lucian, and that they must now kill off the survivors. As the vampires follow the Lycans into a subway station, the werewolves open fire with submachine guns. After the Lycans retreat from Selene’s barrage of machine pistol fire, she tracks them to their lair, where she hears loud howling and finds out that the Lycans have developed a new high-tech bullet to kill the vampires.

When Selene arrives at the vampire coven’s ornate, gated mansion, she recounts the evening’s events, and urges an attack on the Lycans, but the vampire regent Kraven tells her to drop the matter. Selene realizes that the Lycans may have been following a human, Michael Corvin, which would be very unusual behavior and secretly continues her investigation. Meanwhile, in an underground Lycan lair, a scientist named Singe is testing blood from kidnapped descendants of the ancient Corvinus family, to try to find a pure source of the ancient and powerful Corvinus blood type. Soon after Selene finds Michael, the pair are attacked by werewolves, including Lucian, the original Lycan leader, who still lives. After Lucian bites Michael on the shoulder, Selene helps Michael escape, and the two become romantically attracted to each other.

Selene and Michael flee the Lycan lair, now an enemy from both Lycan and Vampire covens. Back at the mansion, Singe’s blood seeps through the trapdoor of the sarcophagus of the remaining Elder, Markus, a carrier of the original Corvinus Strain. When his eyes open, they are vampire blue but then turn pitch black, the eyes of a hybrid…

The Strangers

  • Directors: Bryan Bertino
  • Producers: Nathan Kahane, Doug Davison, Roy Lee
  • Writers: Bryan Bertino
  • Genres: Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman, Gemma Ward, Kip Weeks, Laura Margolis, Glenn Howerton

The film opens with two young Mormon boys distributing religious pamphlets, who stumble upon a secluded vacation house. A burnt car is parked in the driveway. Inside there is blood everywhere and signs of a struggle. Over this the boys are heard on the phone with a police receptionist who asks them what happened.

The previous night, James Hoyt (Speedman) and his girlfriend Kristen McKay (Tyler) arrive at the vacation house owned by James’ parents upon returning from a friend’s wedding reception. It is shown through flashbacks that prior to their arrival James had proposed marriage to Kristen only to be rejected. Once James calls his best friend Mike to be picked up, he and Kristen feel that in the morning they will likely take some time apart. Later in the evening, a young blonde woman comes to their front door asking for a woman named “Tamara”, her face hidden in the dark because she put off the outside light. They tell her she must have the wrong house and she leaves. After James goes for a drive to get Kristen a pack of cigarettes, several bizarre events occur: Mysterious noises are heard outside, a smoke alarm goes off, and the blonde girl comes back asking for the same person. Kristen, whose cell phone is dead, calls James from the landline as her cell phone charges. He reassures her that everything is fine, and suddenly the phone dies. Then finally a Man in a Mask is seen inside of the house watching Kristen from the back hallway. He soon leaves, making his presence known by closing a bedroom door down the hall. Kristen is then disturbed by a barrage of knocks on the door, while discovering that the smoke alarm has been moved and her cell phone is gone. Investigating a noise at the patio, she pulls back the curtain to find the Man in the Mask staring at her. She also sees the girl from before, known as Dollface and now wearing a mask, in the front doorway. Frightened, she retreats into her bedroom as they begin to pound on the doors and windows outside.

Later, the strangers are seen driving down the road in their pickup truck. They stop upon seeing the two Mormon boys from the beginning on the road. Dollface goes to ask them for a pamphlet they are handing out. They ask if she is a sinner. After a pause, she replies “Sometimes.” After she obtains one, the three leave in the truck, with Pin Up Girl stating to Dollface that “It’ll be easier next time.” The scene from the beginning is shown again. The boys walk through the house and find the bodies of James, Kristen and Mike. When one of them reaches out to Kristen, she awakens and grabs his hand screaming.