Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
(USA, 2009, 89 minutes)
The story of how the vampire/werewolf feud at the centre of Underworld and Underworld: Evolution started, a thousand years ago. Third in the series is a lively if disposable comic-book B-actioner designed as a prequel to the previous pictures, with an enjoyably surprising star turn.
Screen Gems and Lakeshore Entertainment present a Lakeshore Entertainment production in association with Sketch Films. Starring Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy, Rhona Mitra, Steven Mackintosh, Kevin Grevioux. Directed by Patrick Tatopoulos; produced by Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Len Wiseman, Richard Wright; screenplay by Danny McBride, Dirk Blackman and Howard McCain, based on a story by Len Wiseman, Robert Orr and Danny McBride and on characters created by Kevin Greviouxm, Len Wiseman and Danny McBride; music by Paul Haslinger; director of photography (DeLuxe, Panavision), Ross Emery; production designer, Dan Hennah; costume designers, Jane Holland, Wendy Partridge; film editor, Peter Amundson; creatures designed by Patrick Tatopoulos; visual effects supervisor, James McQuaide.