8:00 PM, 6th May, 2006
The sequel to Underworld once again sees Selene (Beckinsale) and Michael (Speedman) in the middle of a war between vampires and werewolves. Last time Michael, a lycan (werewolf) hybrid, was being hunted by lycans and vampires and a plot was undertaken by the vampires to attack many of their own. Selene foiled this plot; shes not popular with the vampires, but she did get quite close to Michael. This time the film goes back to the beginnings of the ancient feud between the two tribes and Selene's past is uncovered, along with that of the father of modern vampires, Viktor (Nighy).
The premise is pretty much the same, and the action follows the same explosive techniques as last time, but they work. It's frenetic, dark and there's some amazingly skilled acrobatics. It looks great. As does Beckinsale clad in leather. This is a modern action tale of lovers and the rather unusual pressures they face. Be careful though, it's got a bite... I couldn't help myself.
10:59 PM, 6th May, 2006
In 1973 Anneliese Michel, freshman at the University of Wurzburg began to suffer from severe seizures. Believed to be possessed she underwent a church-sanctioned exorcism which ended in her death. Loosely based on fact, with terrifying flashbacks, The Exorcism of Emily Rose tells the story of the trial of the priest Father Moore (Wilkinson) accused of Emilys murder. Whether you believe in possession, or put it all down to "epileptic psychosis", or are somewhere in between, this is a gripping and terrifying film to watch. A lawyer, Erin Bruner (Linney), is required to defend Father Moore, and initially is highly sceptical of all things supernatural. She begins to have doubts however when she is visited by strange demonic forces during the night. The demons choose 3:00am to torment their victims, apparently in parody of the death of Jesus Christ which happened at 3:00pm.
I am fairly down-to-earth and sensible, but after watching this film I dusted off my crucifix and put it on the bedside table, along with a relic of Pope Saint Pius X, and asked my movie partner to sleep with me.You too will be waking just before 3:00am and reaching for the crucifixes and holy water after watching this film!Daniel