Franchise installments: Underworld (2003), Underworld: Evolution (2006), Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009), Underworld: Awakening (2012)
After the original Underworld failed to live up to its potential in 2003, we were hopeful that a sequel would rectify the problems of the first one and deliver the horror and action we so desperately craved. Well, after four installments, we’re still patiently waiting for this series to truly impress us. The prospect of watching vampires battle it out against werewolves on the big screen (with sexy Kate Beckinsale, no less) is always tantalizing, but, as is evident in the Twilight series, that awesome premise can often lead to soul-crushing disappointment.
Though the series has had multiple directors working on it, the visual style and tone was set up in the first two movies by director Len Wiseman. But as we have learned all too well over the years, Wiseman often puts a film’s visuals above engrossing characters and coherent plots. And the most disappointing installment in the franchise may have been the most recent one, Underworld: Awakening. Even the return of Beckinsale in the lead couldn’t elevate this above being an obvious 3-D cash grab. After four tries, it’s time to admit defeat and put this series out to pasture.