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When it comes to campy paranormal movie franchises, about three things I am absolutely positive: I super love Tobias Menzies. He’s playing a werewolf and I CANNOT CONTAIN MY EXCITE.
We’ve made no secret of our love for Tobias around here. Tobiased™ is a veritable thing we do … and what’s not to like? His twitter game? His complete lack of fandom thirst? His erudition? His resume? His laugh lines? It’s all gold. And we’ve outlined most of those reasons for you in every other edition of Tobiased.
But I have to confess something: as much as I love Tobias, as high as I think he elevates just about every scene that he’s in no matter the genre, I have not spent a lot of time fulfilling my promise to watch his whole back catalog. I’ve spent zero time googling Foyle’s War and Casualty. I once spent three months studying Chekov, but I still haven’t bothered to download The Duel.
I’m sorry, Tobias.
And I apologize to all you lovely Tobiased TN Readers out there who would probably benefit from someone around here having mono for a couple of weeks and using that God-given ailing to just binge watch TF out of everything Tobias has ever wrapped his perfect received pronunciation around.
Forgive me. And know that all this confession has really led me to this one thing.
… and now I have to watch all.those.movies. Because suddenly this franchise that I’ve been ignoring has burst onto my radar thanks to Tobias alone, and I’m wondering what in the world I’ve been waiting for.
This franchise has epically great actors. Helmed by Kate Beckinsale who is imminently watchable, there is also Theo James and Charles Dance and Michael Sheen and Bill Nighy.
It’s essentially paranormal romance, which is 100% what we are about around here. Vampires and werewolves and ridiculous fight sequences and kissing? Is Theo James the love interest? Is he shirtless? Is there imprinting? I AM THERE.
Especially if this guy is imprinting on anyone:
Tobias as Marius the Werewolf in Underworld: Blood Wars
And that right there is what I’m talking about. It honestly doesn’t matter that there have been decent actors in this franchise since oh three. Tobias is what peaked my interest. Mostly because …
If this fight scene at the end of the trailer between Kate’s character (Selene) and Tobias’ (Marius) doesn’t do it for you, I don’t know what to tell you. Go watch Princess for Christmas.
Tobias playing a lycanthrope with heightened senses means heightened SNARL and we already know what that over-crowded mouth can do to us when he’s just your regular run-of-the-mill human villain.
Yeah, I’m “lycan” Tobias alright. Likin’ him a lot as a blood-spattered, pack-leading, scream-wielding, orange-eyed werewolf.
THIS SCREENCAP IS ALL I NEED. That ropey facial scar. That perfect wig placement. That disdainful hubris. That perfect bone structure.
Fun fact about this movie: It’s directed by Anna Foerster, of Outlander fame. Anna directed what are arguably the BEST Outlander episodes to date, and I’m sure it’s no surprise that she slung the best actor she’d worked with (TOBIAS) into her newest project.
Underworld: Blood Wars is out in January, so I have all of fall to watch the other four movies in preparation for this Tobiased Fest that will hit screens come 2017. I don’t even care that none of them have more than 30% on Rotten Tomatoes; I have Amazon Prime just for this reason. Also, I promise to get around to Catastrophe and Eternal Law … someday.
Have you seen the Underworld movies? What films or tv shows have you watched just to see Tobias in them?