Underworld Director Len Wiseman Celebrates 20th Anniversary

A look back at the iconic fantasy action thriller, Underworld.

It’s hard to believe that two decades have passed since the release of “Underworld.” It is the film that brought the secret war between vampires and lycans (werewolves) to the forefront. The film, directed by Len Wiseman, starred Kate Beckinsale as the fearless vampire warrior Selene. This fantasy action thriller took audiences on a thrilling ride into the dark and mysterious world of immortal creatures.

The story that gripped audiences.

“Underworld” gave us a mesmerizing Gothic world where vampires and lycans were dealing with an age-old conflict hidden from the human world. Selene is a stunningly lethal vampire Death Dealer. She was torn between loyalty to her clan and her burgeoning love for Michael Corvin, a human caught in the crossfire of the supernatural feud. As Selene and Michael joined forces to uncover the secrets of their intertwined destinies, audiences were treated to an adrenaline-pumping adventure. It was filled with intense action, spectacular visuals, and a storyline that kept us on the edge of our seats.

A Franchise is Born

The success of “Underworld” was nothing short of remarkable. Its unique blend of dark fantasy, intricate mythology, and high-octane action struck a chord with viewers worldwide. It would go on to gross over $95 million worldwide. This initial triumph paved the way for an expansive franchise that spanned five films. Underworld: Evolution continued Selene and Michael’s story. It delved deeper into the history of vampires and lycans. Rise of the Lycans explored the origins of the blood feud. Underworld: Awakening saw Selene awakening from a long slumber into a vastly changed world. Blood Wars brought the story to a thrilling climax as Selene fought for her survival and the future of both vampire and lycan kind.

A Legacy of Fierce Heroines

One of the standout aspects of the “Underworld” franchise was its portrayal of strong, independent female protagonists. Kate Beckinsale’s Selene blazed a trail for women in action cinema, inspiring countless fans and future filmmakers.

As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Underworld,” we can’t help but reflect on its enduring impact on the fantasy action genre. It’s a testament to the film’s timeless appeal that it continues to captivate audiences and inspire new generations of fans. Whether you’re a longtime enthusiast or discovering the world of vampires and lycans for the first time, “Underworld” remains a cinematic masterpiece that will undoubtedly continue to shine for another two decades and beyond.

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Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis and the host of the Moviegoers Society Podcast. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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