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“Underworld: Awakening” is for adults, apparently.

Well, this is a turn-up for the books.

Da Becks.

The BBFC – Britain’s film classification organization, who are like a more accountable MPAA  – have a very useful website which gives consumers information about classification decisions (along with some very useful release date information) and it’s only gone and told me that “Underworld: Awakening” has been passed uncut in the UK with an 18 rating.

It contains ‘strong, bloody violence and horror’, apparently.  If I were a kid today, I’d love a site like this – it would make my film watching choices so much easier, particularly when using the BBFC’s informative and only slightly hilarious Extended Content Information notes, which perhaps work in a fashion different to their intent.  If you want to know what films you SHOULD be watching for sex, violence and the like, the ECI notes are your very best friends on the internet.

Theo James in "Underworld: Awakening".

I’m sure that the good people at Sony and Screen Gems might have preferred a slightly more inclusive rating which didn’t bar tweens and teens from seeing the flick but I have to quietly voice a sigh of calm relief – the ratio of ‘kids ignoring the film and texting their friends’ to ‘nerds who, you know, want to watch the film‘ is going to be that much more biased in my favour.

Hurray for censorship (or not, in this case)!

For those of you who want some more clips and Vamps-vs-Lycans shenanigans, you can check out five clips and some new images at Beyond Hollywood’s preview page.

 

 

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Another “Underworld: Awakening” poster rises from the grave…

Seriously Kate, have you ever considered fronting a European Symphonic Metal band?

Another day, another poster for this January’s “Underworld: Awakening”.

This time, we’re going with giving the punters what they want – Kate Beckinsale doing her best impersonation of Sharon Den Adel, guns akimbo, wintry vibes to the fore.

It’s a toss-up as to how many fans will view this poster, I think – are we supposed to say “Hmm…looking good there, Ms B.” or “Hmm…I wonder where I can pick up those contact lenses she’s wearing?”

In other news, the full track listing for the soundtrack has been released over at Loudwire.

You can expect the likes of Mumford & Sons, Jessie J & Lady Gaga.. Evanescence, Linkin Park, (my beloved) Lacuna Coil and The Cure on the CD, which will be available from January 16th, handily a few days before the film’s debut on January 20th 2012.

I saw the trailer again yesterday when I went to see “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” at the cinema and it’s got a lot more impact when you watch it on an appropriately sized screen (in my case, Cineworld Sheffield’s impressively huge screen 7, popularly known locally as ‘The Full Monty’), and projected digitally.

Can’t wait to see this in January – but given the amount of “Underworld” posts that I’ve written, you may have picked up on that already.  I’d worry about going on and on about this, were it not for the views that such posts generate – it’s one of the most popular topics that I write about, don’t you know? Fellow, down-low, faux-mall Goths unite!

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Kate Beckinsale back in “Underworld: Awakening”, Lycan community nonplussed…

Loud Emo tunes, stylised goth posing, in 3D, with the Becks - at this point, they're making these flicks for me...

After the mostly Beckinsale-less prequel film, “Underworld – Rise of the Lycans”, the producers of the “Underworld” movies have seen sense and made another entry in the series, with Kate Beckinsale returning as moody, PVC-clad, werewolf smasher Selene.

“Underworld: Awakening” is due out in January 2012 everywhere in the world apart from the UK.  Seriously.  The official website lists an opening date for seemingly every other territory in the world apart from mine.  Hmm.  I suspect that the film will be out in the same time frame, but it does seem quite weird to omit the country of Beckinsale’s birth from that list.

Cynics would say that to miss the fourth film in this series is to miss nothing very much, but as I’m a fan of this admittedly goofy and absurd genre film series, I’m not one of them.

Deportment, style and the ability to separate your neck from your shoulders. What's not to love?

I love that these movies are so serious!  The ‘Vamps vs Were…sorry, Lycans‘ fiction of the films is so earnest and considered that it attains far more of a place in my heart than if it were just being chucked out in the market place to earn a quick buck (Any writer of fan fiction must look at this series and think “If they can do it, why can’t I?”).

The predominantly European settings also mark this out as different for me – which makes me wonder if this fourth, shot-in-Canada film will have a rather generic look, given that a good 60% of the SF tv shows that I watch are shot in the Great White North: I’ll be waiting for Callum Keith Rennie to show up every five minutes.

If you’re wanting to see the latest trailer, you can find it here – expect the Becks in PVC, lots of sliding through hordes of disposable bad guys, plate glass explosions, earnest posing atop buildings at night and yes, the promise that the movie is in 3D, as all genre horror/action movies must be nowadays.

It's going to happen, isn't it?

Of course, the pressing question which must be answered is this: when are Screen Gems and Impact Pictures going to get together and make the ultimate throw-down – Kate Beckinsale vs Milla Jovovich in an “Underworld”/”Resident Evil” fan-service mash-up?  For the love of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, it practically writes itself.

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