Wicked Pictures’ Underworld (2013) is an epic like no other – bigger and more elaborate than anything else we got to see last year.
It’s a decently familiar story – a beautiful woman fights for her life, both on the operating table and via travels through some strange and unfamiliar out-of-body experience – with a lot of imagery and themes called out from the late ’90s/early 2000s. It’s fresh and impressive on multiple levels, but is definitely a film for those looking for an overall blockbuster experience (vs ten minutes of alone time or an edgier, indie exploration).
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Here’s the synopsis:
Wicked Pictures and award-winning director Brad Armstrong take you on a journey into the UNDERWORLD… an erotic masterpiece like no other! A film that blends breath-taking visuals, tantalizing costumes, intriguing characters, out of this world production design and of course – amazing sex! After a robbery gone wrong, Tanya (jessica drake) finds herself in a coma-like state, which has her cross into an eerie UNDERWORLD, a dream-like purgatory where lost souls go to find out their fate. Along the way she meets a cast of mystical characters, who help guide her on a journey through the UNDERWORLD. The cinematic spectacle reaches its climax as Tanya meets Death (Derrick Pierce), who has come to “take” her. Will she be able to beg or barter for her life? Will she finish her journey and live to tell the tale? Get ready to experience the erotic movie adventure of a lifetime.
Yep, that’s pretty much it exactly.
Tanya meets a series of really amazing characters on her journey, each of whom represents some stage in her fight for survival – Scarlett (Asa Akira as blood), Stitch (Asphyxia Noir as, obviously, stitches), and Mecca (played by Julia Ann, for the machines helping to keep Tanya alive), among others.
The cleverest though, in my opinion, was Gauze Girl (Capri Cavanni), who came from the gods via ariel silks. Gauze from the gods… Further, extra impressive during this sequence was a performance from Claudia Greystone, a professional aerialist who doubled seamlessly for Capri during Gauze Girl’s entry.
(pictured: Tanya and Scarlett)
The Underworld dudes were pretty amazing, too – Derrick Pierce as Death was frightening and sinister, and Scarlett’s attendants definitely got everyone’s blood pumping.
And though Xander Corvus as Slice (for all the knives slicing into Tanya on the operating table) was impressive, there were a couple bumps between his performance and his stilt-walking double, Terry Tripod. It’s worth noting though that this was a pretty complex sequence – it would appear perfect to any less-picky-than-me, non-ultra familiar viewer.
(pictured: Tanya and Death)
…and there were so many other characters and elements to this film – a whole bevy of extras in the hospital (and a kickass, real hospital setting to boot), director Brad Armstrong doubling as a surgeon, and Presley Hart as the world’s most perfect sassy young nurse. Plus, Steven St. Croix (exquisitely skilled acting, as always) as Tanya’s fiancee and all those One Million Years BC (1966)-looking bone people – whoosh!! By the time it’s all over, you literally feel like you’ve traveling through the underworld yourself.
I gotta tell you though: in spite of all this elaborate awesome, my favorite part of the entire film happened within the first fifteen minutes.
When Tanya and her fiancee are mid-mugging in a parking garage and she sees an opening in the muggers’ game, she fights back and gets one of them in a pretty decent rear naked choke. (thank you Derrick Pierce and Adrianna Luna) Now, that mugger does manage to squirm away and promptly shoots her in the chest, which is how Tanya ends up on the operating table in the first place, but that’s beside the point.
I liked that she fought back.
(pictured: Stitch and Tanya)
With performances from jessica drake, Adrianna Luna, Asa Akira, Asphyxia Noir, Cameron Dee, Capri Cavanni, Julia Ann, Presley Hart, Brad Armstrong, Derrick Pierce, Eric Masterson, Steven St. Croix, T.J. Cummings, Tommy Gunn, Toni Ribas, and Xander Corvus.
Directed by Brad Armstrong for Wicked Pictures. Released in September, 2013.
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(pictured: jessica drake as Tanya, in the underworld)
Extras: if eight (8!!) sex scenes, five of which feature jessica drake, and super high production value aren’t enough for you… well, the DVD version of Underworld also brings it with the bonus material – three additional sex scenes and a series of featurettes about the overall making of the film, shooting the sex, and character creation.
All of it was so interesting, especially the character creation footage. Oh, and here’s the trailer… Enjoy!!
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