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Posted 2003-08-21 by Tony Walsh
Sony Pictures' Underworld rises from the tomb this September, pitting sexy Vampires against sexy Werewolves against the backdrop of a brooding, gritty city. After watching the trailer for this monster mash, I can guarantee gothic hordes worldwide will love the film.

Not only does Underworld steal The Matrix's PVC- or trenchcoat-clad fashion sense, it's got plenty of the same chop-sockey fight sequences, complete with guns, swords, and weirder weapons. The rest of Underworld's inspiration seems to have been taken directly from the pages of White Wolf's highly-popular "World of Darkness" roleplaying setting, where stylish clans of Vampires duke it out with Werewolves and other creepy-crawlers. White Wolf cancelled the setting this year after a 12-year run, so I guess Sony's cashing in on the sentiment before it turns into a vapourous mist and floats away.
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Comment posted by brian f.
August 21, 2003 @ 11:26 am
it never ceases to amaze me how big an impact the style of the original matrix had on the world. Even close to five years later, the fashion and visual panache is being aped large. I had expected the sequel to try to outdo the original in some way (their sunglasses weren't that crazy this time around) but it came up really short. Where is/what will be the new Matrix style?

God I hope some awesome barbarian movie comes out and everyone starts wearing loincloths (loinclothing?)and headbands.
Comment posted by gatmog
August 21, 2003 @ 5:28 pm
Remember that short-lived show "The Kindred" that was on TV back in 96 or so? That's kind of what I figured "Underworld" would be, although I haven't really seen any official blessing from White Wolf. Anyway the movie seems lame. Yet another Romeo and Juliet theme with shiny characters and tired action sequences to keep the kids interested. Yawn.

With regards to your barbarian statement, the immortal mantra of Conan comes to mind: "To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women."
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