Not too much to say about this one. It fills out the story elements hinted at in the first two movies, although it is not strictly necessary to the overall story–perhaps it was just too tempting to create an Underworld trilogy. This installment only brings out Kate Beckinsale in stock footage, opting for the almost-as-hot Rhona Mitra (who was once the model for Lara Croft).
There’s basically no suspense, since viewers of the first two films know exactly what’s going to happen–the thrill is to finally see vampires and werewolves go at it with swords, arrows, and claws, rather than the oddly modern and high-tech bullets of the first movie. So basically, there are vampires and werewolves, and British women in very tight clothing. Way to be.
Interesting side note: the director, Patrick Tatopoulos, was the “creatures designer” for both The Cave and Pitch Black, making this film choice oddly evocative of my film choice of earlier today.
For my next crappy horror film I decided to try Australia’s Gone, for the main reason that it supposedly stars “Chuck‘s” Yvonne Strzechowski (who appears in one scene and has no dialogue, alas).
As if Wolf Creek didn’t teach us all what a terrifying, Chainsaw Massacre-esque place Western Australia is, Gone sets out a run-of-the-mill three-person suspense thriller, with a young hip Australian couple terrorized by Scott Mechlowicz (of EuroTrip fame, who, after this movie and Mean Creek, can probably never play a normal person again.) That’s really all I can say about this movie. Mechlowicz has fully transformed from the innocent but lovable doofus of EuroTrip to a career as a B-movie creepy guy. There’s really no suspense until the last ten minutes or so, with the buildup consisting of various predictable efforts by the villain to create distrust between the Australian couple–he is helped by the fact that the boyfriend is a spazz and the girlfriend is an idiot.
The grand ending (Spoiler alert!) is definitely one to go down in the hall of fame for Frightening Use of Chain Link. Other than that, meh.
This movie just plain sucked, despite having Lena Heady (pre-Sarah Connor and pre-300).
Send a bunch of seasoned spelunkers and biologists into a quasi-mystical Romanian cave system, and the best they could come up with to hunt them was the deformed love child of the Alien and the things from Pitch Black?
This film had a budget of $30 million–I wonder how many cups of coffee a day that could have bought in order to save children?