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Hybrid Mythical Creatures

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In the movie Underworld and the sequels, we are introduced to different species of creatures that aren’t just vampires and werewolves. We are introduced to the hybrid creatures created by “crossing” the vampire, werewolf, and the first immortal. But my question is what do we call these creatures? I know that they cop out answer would be to call them hybrids and move on; however, I think that there should be some semblance of thought to the naming.

1) Michael Corvin’s mutation. The cross between someone who was a werewolf originally and then is introduced to the vampire genome. My friend and I were discussing this earlier (as we watched the movies of course), and we thought that this crossing where the host was more werewolf should be called the vamwolf. Why? Because the name suggests that there is more wolf in the creature. Also, it gives the suggestion that there is a vampire connection without saying that the creature has a major tie to the vampire.

2) Marcus Covinus–He is the first vampire, but after the events of the first movie, he is turned into a hybrid species as well. At this point though, Marcus has been a vampire for over 1400 years (as stated by Viktor in the first movie). He becomes more powerful as a result of the transformation. We would refer to him as a werepire because he is a blending of the two species. Yet, he seems to have a little more vampire; this is the reason why the name suggests this.

3) Finally, Selene with Alexander’s blood–What is she exactly? As seen from the movie, she is no longer allergic to sunlight which shows that she has in fact mutated. But to what? Alexander Covinus was the first Immortal; however, not much other than that is know to the audience. We know that as the first “Immortal” that he is more powerful than either of his sons: Marcus or William. He sits on the sidelines and cleans up their mess because he cannot bear to kill his sons…this name is a little more complicated. What exactly do we call her because she isn’t a hybrid of two species? She is a hybrid made up of the father species and a subspecies. We dubbed the creation that she is a Vamtal because she is a cross between the Immortal and a vampire. It fits oddly.

So, there you have it. Names of mythical hybrids from the Underworld series. Some make more sense than others, but how are we to know what to call. We are only human after all.

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March 24, 2010 at 12:22 am

Underworld: Vampires and the Werewolves who Love Them

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I am a big vampire buff all the way around, and I think that my blog probably says this about myself on a regular basis because I am constantly referencing vampires in some way form or fashion. A particularly interesting vampire movie that has come out in 2003 is Underworld. This movie stars Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Bill Nighy, and Martin Sheen, each of which play supernatural characters with drives and motivations that are a little odd to say the least (however, I mean odd by human standards…who is to say that they’re odd by vampire or werewolf standards).

In the movie, you are introduce to the sexy Selene played by Beckinsale who is trying to figure out why the werewolves (the vampires’ sworn enemy) are trying to get a human Michael Corvin (Speedman). In the movie, we meet the seeming antagonist Lucian (Sheen). He is the head of the werewolf army that has massed and Viktor (Nighy) the most powerful of the vampires. Turns out their story is one based on deceit and betrayal, murder and violence which leads to Viktor and Lucian being killed fairly brutally and with Selene and Michael (now a hybrid vampire werewolf…a vamwolf or a werepire…but they don’t have time to argue about the name for the new creature) going off to an odd cliffhanger-esque ending.

The movie itself is fairly well put together. There is an ancient blood feud. We have the idea of star-crossed lovers. We have friends becoming enemies and enemies becoming friends. I would suggest watching it to get more of a feel for the actual movie because I’m not going to rehash the plot for you here….that’s not my intent with this particular post. My true intent is to talk about some of the plot ideas that bother me.

There’s actually only one that really peeves me. Why did Amelia the Elder vampire go down so quickly to the mass of werewolves? I can see the argument that some people would make for this saying that she was simply overwhelmed. However, there was a train full of the oldest, most powerful vampires. Surely to God…or whomever, they could have at least put up some sort of a fight. But no, they are ruthlessly slaughter so that the werewolves might get Amelia’s blood to produce the hybrid species and fuse the two lines: vampire and werewolf.

Why does this whole epic murder scene bother me so much? It’s because Viktor in the movie is not a vampire to be messed with. He breaks the neck of a werewolf that charges him and then spears it with his sword. He doesn’t flinch. He doesn’t hesitate. He just kills. Shouldn’t Amelia have this sort of power? I mean in the sequel they show her being a key figure in taking down the first and most powerful of the werewolves.

So, how does this mangy rag-tag group of werewolves all but sweep seemingly defenseless uber-vamps? If it were just sheer number, I could understand. However, there doesn’t appear to be a semblance of a struggle. I don’t recall seeing any werewolves dead on the train…just the vampires…the powerful council of the vampires….the oldest and wisest of the coven…the ruling body….

Please, someone explain this to me. Then, I will be able to have some peace of mind in the movie and to more fully enjoy it without having to see this gapping hole in the logic of the movie (granted I know that it’s not Oscar worthy…I’m just looking for a logical answer to this question).