The “Underworld” movies gave us a new take on the century-old tale of vampires vs. werewolves. You could tell that this was no ordinary movie from the get-go. Kate Beckinsale in a body-hugging catsuit, donning a Matrix-like flared coat, perched atop a dark city.
The events that follow deliver to some extent, but critics claim the plot failed to provide a decent idea of who the characters are, their specific powers and their weaknesses.
However, “Underworld” experienced outstanding success and has five instalments to its name. The Underworld movies in chronological order are; “Underworld” (2003), “Underworld: Evolution” (2006), “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans” (2009), “nderworld: Awakening” (2012), “Underworld: Blood Wars” (2016).
Many TV shows that are like “Underworld” movies have popped up, and the following are some of the notable ones:
Creator: Jeff Davis
Cast: Tyler Posey, Holland Roden, Dylan O’Brien
IMDB Rating: 7.6
Scott McCall, an average high schooler in the town of Beacon Hills, has his life changed when a werewolf bites him. For the sake of the Underworld movies, Scott turns into a Lycan and must now learn to balance his new abilities with his day-to-day teenage life. The most influential people in his life are Stiles, his buddy and Allison, his love interest, who incidentally comes from a family of Lycan hunters.
Creator: Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson
Cast: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder
IMDB Rating: 7.7
This is a story of two vampire brothers Damon Salvatore and Stefan Salvatore, obsessed with the same girl, Elena. However, she resembles a ruthless vampire they knew, and both loved, Katherine, in 1864 (Katerina Petrova). But in Mystic Falls, where the brothers settle, creatures of unspeakable horror lurk beneath the town, including werewolves, witches, etc.
Creators: Gillian Horvath, Garfield Reeves-Stevens, Judith Reeves-Stevens
Cast: Niall Matter, Sara Canning, Danny Rahim
When temporal anomalies appear in Canada, a team of animal experts are called to investigate. What ensues is a battle of weird creatures, both prehistoric and futuristic. Prime Evil: New World is a North American spinoff of a hit UK TV show.
Creator: David S. Goyer
Cast: Sticky Fingaz, Jill Wagner, Nelson Lee
IMDB Rating: 6.3/10
You’d love Blade if you enjoyed watching the Underworld movies. The TV series is about Blade, who’s half-man, half-vampire, who vows to protect them from creatures instead of stalking and killing humans for blood. The show is set in Detroit, where Blade investigates the house of Chthon, where he meets Krista Starr, who’s investigating the mysterious death of his brother.
Creator: Drew Goddard
Cast: Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll
IMDB Rating: 8.6/10
This TV show is set in Hell’s Kitchen, New York and follows Matt Murdock, a lawyer. However, Matt is not your everyday lawyer because he’s blind and operates as a vigilante by night. Marvel’s Daredevil is like Underworld because of the memorable fight scenes in a dark setting.
Creators: Jez Butterworth, Tom Butterworth, James Richardson
Cast: David Morrissey, Eleanor Worthington-Cox, Julian Rhind-Tutt
IMDB Rating: 6.8/10
Britannia is an epic drama set in 43AD. It follows the terrified but determined Roman Army, which returns to diminish the Celtic heart of Britannia. The Roman Army has every reason to be terrified because of the tales about the Celtic heart of Britannia. Legend has it that druids and warrior women who can channel supernatural powers from the underworld rule the mysterious land.
Cast: Armand Assante, Greta Scacchi, Isabella Rossellini
IMDB Rating: 7.0/10
This TV series is about the warrior King Odysseus, who leaves his majestic life in the Kingdom of Ithaca behind to take part in the Trojan war. He plays a key role in their victory, but he faces the uphill task of returning home. He must use his wits to overcome powerful forces of nature, deadly monsters, and a seductive enchantress (always present in these movies).
Creator: Joss Whedon
Cast: Laura Donnelly, Ann Skelly, Olivia Williams
IMDB Rating (7.4)
The series is based in the last years of Victoria’s reign when London is taken over by the “Touched.” This group is mostly women who suddenly develop unusual abilities but then fight all sorts of evil.
Creators: David GreenwaltJoss Whedon
Cast: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof
IMDB Rating: 7.9/10
Angel is a spinoff from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and is about a vampire called Angel. Cursed with a soul, he finds his way to Los Angeles, where he helps those with supernatural-related problems. He does this while questioning his redemption.
Creator: Russell T. Davies
Cast: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Kai Owen
IMDB Rating: 7.7
The Torchwood Institute is a secret organization founded by the British Crown to investigate incidents involving extraterrestrials and protect the Earth from supernatural threats. “Torchwood” is a British sci-fi TV series and is a spinoff of the science fiction program “Doctor Who.”
The “Underworld” movies are great for drama, and action scenes with mythical creatures. If you still want what the movie franchise offers, choose a few (or all) of the shows on this list, and you’ll have a blast.