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(2003), R

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
Septemeber 19, 2003
39 out of 100

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(2003), R -- What do you get when a vampire bites a werewolf?

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Subterranean Productions, Underworld Productions, Lakeshore Entertainment
Distribution (US): Screen Gems Inc.
Director(s): Len Wiseman
Producer(s): Robert Bernacchi, Kevin Grevioux, Gary Lucchesi, Danny McBride, James McQuaide, Tom Rosenberg, Kornél Sipos, Skip Williamson, Richard S. Wright
Written by/Screenplay: Story: Kevin Grevioux, Len Wiseman, Danny McBride. Screenplay: Danny McBride
Cinematography/Camera: Tony Pierce-Roberts
Music: Paul Haslinger
Film Editing: Martin Hunter
Casting: Deborah Aquila, Lucky Englander, Celestia Fox, Heta Mantscheff, Peter Soos, Mary Tricia Wood
Production Design: Bruton Jones
Art Direction: Kevin Phipps, Csaba Stork
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

I fully expected this film to earn a score a lot lower than 39 because of the saturation of the programming with killing, gore, murder and unholy things, but the CAP analysis model has proven me wrong before. The reasons Underworld did not get a much lower score in spite of the zero score in each of Wanton Violence/Crime, Offense to God and Murder/Suicide are there was surprisingly lite foul language, sexual immorality and use of alcohol/tobacco typical of an R-rated film.

What do you get when a vampire bites a werewolf as happened in Underworld? A vampwolf? A werepire? Answer: Nothing since vampires and werewolves do not exist. There are some who think they are vampires and maybe even some who think they are werewolves. But they each soon find out that they are not immortal after all. And that jumping off tall buildings such as in the movie will kill them.

Kate Beckinsale with the dynamic eyes stars as Selene, the one who challenges the tales told over the centuries. Scott Speedman stars as Michael Corvin, the human made werewolf and love interest of Selene. It is Corvin who is subject of the question "What do you get when a vampire bites a werewolf?" Earlier in the show, Selene had told one of the other vampires that a human who has been bitten by a vampire and a werewolf has never lived more than one hour. But because she loves him, she bites him. Go figure. Even after she knows he has been bitten by a werewolf. What turns out is a walking, talking thing that can withstand the mightiest of vampires, Viktor (Bill Nighy) which was resurrected from the dead before his turn by Selene's blood.

Other than telling you this much of the "plot" in this film is about vampires killing werewolves and werewolves killing vampires, I have little to say. I will not glorify such unholy teasings and temptings [James 1:12 - 14] with discussion about any manufactured justification for bulling a story of such evil. I grew up with reruns of Lon Chaney and Bella Lugosi which was bad enough, but the extent of extremes in modern cinema, while technologically dazzling, are taking entertainment to the ... extremes ... beyond reasonable into narcotic mesmerization. We have become so drugged by the narcotics of extremes that what once was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible. Yes, such is narcotic. The observer must have more extremes the next time to get the same effect. It is a form of drunkenness [Eph. 5:18]

And if we ever wondered about the influence of music, even the writers demonstrated perfectly the concept of amplification of imagery with music. One of the more intense and graphic attacks by unholy beasts was accompanied by appropriately selected background music -- violent evil and hatred music. Like the America Psychological Association (APA) ... and God [1 Cor. 15:33] ... say (as He and we have been saying for years, He for many more years), not only doth music hath charms to soothe the savage beast, music hath charms to embitter and enrage the tranquil. Maybe the APA is focusing on violent lyrics, but the words often say less than the sounds behind the words. And you know what I am talking about. When I speak at churches, if the topic of the influence of modern music comes up I have a skit I use to explain about the influence of music. Using a stanza of the song "Jesus loves me this I know..." I ask the audience to choose which of the two versions I will sing conjures the least ugliness. The first version is sung the way the song is intended. But before I sing the second version I remind the folks of the flap in front of their ears (the tragus) that can be pressed over the auditory canal opening to protect their eardrums, then I sing the same words as if it were done by slammers and screechers as I "consume" the microphone "punk" style. Both versions use the same, identical words and, if only the words inlfuence the listener, both versions should be equal in influence. Right? Guess which version they choose as the one which conjures the least ugliness?

Gunfire to kill is rampant as is killing and murder. Unholy beasts saturate the scenery as do graphic attacks by the beasts. Typically fatal maneuvers are not even harmful. Blood flows like water. Gore appears as dense as leaves on a Sycamore in June. The entire show is shrouded in sinister and dark imagery [Eph. 6:12]. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will proivde all that was found.

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  • James 1:12 - 14 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. ["When tempted ... by his own evil desire" is precisely how our youth are led into experimenting with such evil as in Underworld.]
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["" can be any intoxicating substance, including narcotics of evil and desires for it.]
  • Eph. 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it]. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.


    Underworld (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • great falls with no consequences
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly, frequently, many quite graphic
  • gore, repeatedly, frequently, some quite graphic
  • sounds of carnage
  • torture
  • using humans as blood source for experimentation
  • breaking and entering
  • assault, repeatedly
  • action violence, repeatedly
  • fatal injuries being non-fatal
  • impalement injuries, repeatedly, some quite graphic
  • threats with firearms, some to the head
  • neck bite with blood
  • graphic car wreck
  • biting self to get blood
  • death/decay gore, body parts gore, some quite graphic
  • intense and graphic attacks by unholy beasts
  • intimidation by implement
  • explosive imagery of torture and gore, repeatedly
  • dead bodies
  • graphic killings by gunfire and blade, many
  • body parts gore
  • exceptionally graphic one-on-one killing by beast
  • gore of head sliced in two, top sliding off

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • explosive sound levels
  • 6 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • three uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • lying

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • belly skin - male
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking, twice
  • booze

    Offense to God (O)
  • tale of vampirism
  • unholy transformations, repeatedly, some quite graphic
  • unholy beasts, many, frequently
  • attacks by unholy beasts, many, some quite graphic, some by many unholy beasts
  • miraculous healings, repeatedly
  • explosive imagery and sounds of evil
  • constant theme of dark, sinister and unholy
  • full moon causing unholy transformation
  • unholy resurrection
  • graphic battle between two unholy beasts

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • point blank murder by gunfire
  • multiple gunfire murders (which may be seen as defensive killings in addition to the killings in Wanton Violence/Crime)

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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