Kate Beckinsale's vampire killer Selene cannot be stopped in Underworld: Blood Wars.

Kate Beckinsale's vampire killer Selene cannot be stopped in Underworld: Blood Wars.

Reel Reviews: TV monsters on the big screen

In this latest film, Underworld: Blood Wars, Selene finds herself being simultaneously used and hunted by vampires and werewolves.

  • Jan. 13, 2017 7:00 a.m.

The Underworld series of films follows the adventures of Selene (Kate Beckinsale), a vampire death dealer who hopes to bring to an end the war between vampires and Lycans (werewolves).

In this latest film, Underworld: Blood Wars, Selene finds herself being simultaneously used and hunted by both sides.

We say, “Meh.”

TAYLOR: I think if you go into this film expecting a “TV grade” monster movie,you won’t be disappointed.

To illustrate “TV grade,” think cheaper and therefore less effective special effects.The werewolves and hybrid creatures left something to be desired.

Also, “monster movie” doesn’t mean what it used to. In the old days, the monsters were the stars and we were afraid of them. Now monsters are commonplace and we root for them in battle. Monster movies used to be horror films, now they are action films.

HOWE: I haven’t seen any of the other million or so titles in this franchise, so I went in with an open mind and I wasn’t disappointed.

It really was as bad as I thought it would be.

If you’re like me and you haven’t seen any of them, you are not missing much.Watch the trailer and save your money.

The movie itself feels like a hybrid, a cross between the final fight scene ofTwilight and the gore fest of Resident Evil, but not coming close to either of them.What happened to the old-style make up of a mask and fake blood? Now it’s all done with computers and doesn’t feel real, well as real as vampire fighting werewolves movie can be.

TAYLOR: I didn’t mind. Having already put my brain in the gutter in order to accept the film, I was pleased that, in its ridiculousness, it didn’t annoy me. Many of the fight scenes featured interesting, creative cinematography and the performers, while delivering a pointless plot, did take their roles seriously.

I particularly enjoy seeing Charles Dance (one of the senior vampires) in these sorts of roles. Perhaps the old Brit lends a touch of class, cheese, or classy cheese, like in the Hammer films.

HOWE: Ahhh, the ol’ Hammer movies, I remember them well and they really were a class act, unlike this pile. I agree, Mr. Dance does give it a regal touch and this isn’t the first time we have seen him play a vampire (besides the otherUnderworld movies) and he plays the role very well.

TAYLOR: At any rate, it’s not bad, but not particularly good either.

Certainly unnecessary. We shall see if ticket sales will warrant another sequel or if we can finally put a stake in this undead heart.

HOWE: I don’t think ticket sales matter for this. I believe this is part 32 in the franchise.

Taylor gives Underworld: Blood Wars 2.5 generous points out of 5.

Howe gives it 1.5 blood in a special ring out of 5.

Brain Taylor and Peter Howe are film reviewers based in Vernon, B.C.