Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

2009 R 1h 32m Blu-ray / DVD

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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

2009 R 1h 32m Blu-ray / DVD
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Chronicling the backstory of the centuries-old feud between the ruling-class vampires and the enslaved Lycans, this blood-soaked prequel depicts the conflict's first dustups as the werewolves fight for their independence.
Blu-ray DVD Streaming
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral), Chinese Simplified, Korean, Thai
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, Thai: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
English, English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby True HD, French: Dolby True HD, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating Not for kids
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

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.

Sexual Content

Some kissing; a sex scene between consensual adult supernatural beings shields full nudity from the eyes of the audience yet leaves little to the imagination.


Constant, graphic, and gory supernatural violence, including people being cut in half, ripped apart, decapitated, struck by medieval siege weapons (giant crossbow bolts, rocks), stabbed, struck, punched, and kicked. Extensive fantastic hand-to-hand combat, as well as swordplay and neck-biting. Lots of blood, either spilled in combat or drunk as a fact of vampire life. Grisly scenes of characters being lashed as punishment. Vampires are vaporized/immolated by the sun's rays. A character is stabbed through the mouth with a sword, with the protruding blade shown through the back of their skull.


No actual swear words; the clashing characters instead spit supernatural names -- "vampire," "lycan" (the saga's name for werewolves) -- at each other like epithets.

Social Behavior

No particularly positive/deep messages here. The vampire aristocrats keep the werewolves in their midst chained as slaves, and there's extensive discussion of their feudal-like system of protection and patronage. A forbidden, wrong-side-of-the-supernatural-tracks romance is discussed at great length. Discussions of infanticide. A vampire calls a servant werewolf "a credit to your race."


Not applicable.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

None, although blood is drunk in extensive amounts.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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