Box art for Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans

Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans

action & adventure, horror, thrillers

Depicts the origins of the centuries-long blood feud between two powerful and immortal tribes, the aristocratic Vampires, known as Death Dealers, and the barbaric Lycans, a line of fierce werewolves.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Positive messages
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3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Vampire vs. werewolf prequel is heavy on gore, low on fun.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that teens might be clamoring to see this movie after the succcess of Underworld and Underworld: Evolution -- not to mention the increased interest in all things vampire thanks to Twilight -- but this is no angsty teen love story. It's an all-out class war between vampires and werewolves, and it's loaded with extreme special-effects violence (from decapitations to being cut in half) and oceans of blood. There's also a sex scene in which little is left to the imagination, but it's more comical than explicit.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about whether on-screen violence is less problematic when it depicts supernatural beings fighting, rather than regular people. What about when the supernatural beings look human? What's the impact of watching this kind of violence? Families can also discuss the movie's slaves-versus-rulers plotline -- how does the film's central conflict parallel race differences? Andwhy do you think Hollywood likes making prequels and sequels to popular franchises? Is it just to make money?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Awkward camera angles, editing and pacing of some fight sequences gives a direct-to-video at times. If you're a fan of the last two Underworld movies and are willing to suspend your disbelief and to check your brain at the door for 93 minutes, you'll at l

- Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Left with only a small pocket of timeline to embroider, the prequel manages to develop a breezy, bloody, operatic experience. Even better, it wipes away the toxic awfulness of Evolution. It's now safe to return to the Underworld.

- Brian Orndorf,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Sheen and Nighy do their best with the material, but this is easily the worst Underworld so far.

- Clark Collis, Entertainment Weekly, Monday, January 26, 2009

Audience Reviews

4 stars

I went in to this expecting nothing good. No Kate Beckinsale?? How could it be good. well i was surprised. Solid sci fi/ fantasy with decent acting. Good effects and an effective telling of the backstory of the original Underworld.

- jmanard52, Wednesday, May 27, 2009

3 stars

I've finally seen it and I genuinely like it. I didn't think I would dig it because usually medieval sbackdrops bore me, but this flick was a rare exception. I expected basically nonstop swordfights and it pretty much was just that, but the bits of plot wedged here and there were actually more compelling then how this story was told in prior entries. When this film was announced, I was disappointed that the franchise was touching on prequel territory, the synopsis of which had already been divulged in the first two films. But seeing it, the writers did far better than I expected and actually added some worthwhile details to the Underworld story. And it's fantastic to see Bill Nighy playing VIctor is his glorious prime. Definitely recommended to action AND horror fans, and for those who like bloody battles and darker fantasy settings, this is a must see.

- Stinger839, Tuesday, January 26, 2010

3 stars

The first one was better than this one.

- 3niR, Sunday, January 24, 2010