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  • Actor Allusion:
    • Quint is played by Kris Holden-Reid, who plays a werewolf named Dyson in Lost Girl.
    • Marcus's actor Tony Curran had played a pure blooded vampire in Blade II.
    • Stephen Rea plays a doctor who experiments on vampires and werewolves. He had played a werewolf himself in The Company of Wolves and a vampire in Interview with the Vampire.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Selene was sired by Viktor when she was 19, and as an unaging vampire she should probably look about the same age. She's played by then 30-year old Kate Beckinsale in the first movie.
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    • In the fourth movie Selene's hybrid daughter Eve was raised in a laboratory for the first 12 years of her life until they meet face to face. She's played by 18-year old actress India Eisley.
  • Fake American:
    • The first two films have Northern Irish actor Shane Brolly attempting an American accent to play Kraven. Either that or he's just using some American pronunciations to make his voice clearer for non-European audiences - which sometimes happens with Irish actors.
    • Awakening features another Irish actor - Stephen Rea - doing an American accent as Dr Lane.
  • Fake Nationality: A handful of Brits (Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy, Derek Jacobi, Rhona Mitra, Charles Dance, Theo James) and one Scot (Tony Curran), a British-Canadian (Scott Speedman), and an American who is maternally part Latina (India Eisley) all playing Hungarian characters or characters of direct Hungarian/East European descent. Averted with Zita Gorog, who is, indeed, Hungarian.
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  • Follow the Leader: The setting was similar enough to White Wolf's Old World of Darkness tabletop RPG that there was a legal fracas over it around the time of the first film's release. Otherwise, the film is generally thought of as The Matrix with vampires and werewolves.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: A kiss between Michael and Selene was shown in the trailer, but doesn't appear in the film.
  • Not Screened for Critics: Awakening wasn't, anyway. Oddly, a subversion of the usual implications of this trope; Awakening is often considered at the high end of the series' quality scale.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Jazmin Dammak plays Sonja in a flashback in the first film. Rhona Mitra plays her when she is a protagonist in the prequel. Some newer editions of the first film have Rhona Mitra in the flashbacks now.
    • Scott Speedman plays Michael across the franchise. But for the fifth film, Trent Garrett replaces him.
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  • Playing Against Type: At the time of the first film, Kate Beckinsale had been mostly doing period pieces and playing lovely girls. She took the role to shake the image a little. The success of this and Van Helsing turned her into an Action Girl in the 2000s. 2016's Love & Friendship is a return to her period roots.
  • Prop Recycling: One can notice several cases of lycans/werewolves losing only the top half of their head in "Rise of the Lycans". This is due to the special effects crew re-using the cosmetics used for William in "Evolution", who was gruesomely slain in the same way.
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  • Reality Subtext:
    • It's said a couple of times in the first film that Selene reminded Viktor of his own deceased daughter. Rhona Mitra, who would play said daughter in the prequel, was considered for the role of Selene.
    • In a far more disturbing way, Kevin Grevioux has stated that the Selene/Michael love-story, with all that went into it, was based on his experiences of interracial relationships.
  • Romance on the Set: Kate Beckinsale later married director Len Wiseman. She had been involved with Michael Sheen previously.
  • Star-Making Role: Kate Beckinsale had been on the rise with Pearl Harbor and Serendipity, but this really put her on the map.
  • Unintentional Periodpiece: The film seems to have been conceived (in part) as a modern update on the old Universal Horror films of the 1930s and 1940s. So instead of black velvet evening gowns and spooky organs, it featured a whole cast of characters in Matrix-inspired black latex trench coats, and its soundtrack prominently featured Evanescence's Amy Lee just as she was becoming a goth icon. It still maintains a pretty loyal cult following (there's a reason it spawned four sequels, after all), but most of what made it seem "modern" in 2003 now makes it seem nearly as dated as the old-fashioned horror films that it was updating.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • David Bowie was meant to appear as a guest at the vampire feast. However he couldn't make it due to scheduling conflicts. It would have been an Actor Allusion to his role in The Hunger.
    • The sex scene between Michael and Selene in Evolution ran longer, and was shot with full nudity from both actors on set. Kate Beckinsale then requested not to feature any shot that showed her fully nude. This is why there are lots of fades in and out.
    • The creators of the series approached Marvel Studios about doing a crossover with the Blade franchise, with Wesley Snipes presumably reprising his role. Marvel declined, saying they wanted to leave the door open to do something with Blade on their own terms.
    • In Rise of the Lycans, Kraven was going to have a major role, but he was replaced by Andreas Tanis.
    • In Awakening, David getting brought back to life was supposed to be his final scene, but Theo James impressed the filmmakers with his performance so much that David shows up at the final battle.
    • In Awakening, the company Antigen was originally called BioCom.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The first film is shot in Budapest, Hungary, and the cast is a mix of English, American, and Canadian all speaking with their normal accents, with all signage in either English or Latin. Evolution features Hungarian-speaking law enforcement and bystanders, but all subsequent sequels feature entirely English-speaking casts. The only definitive geographic location given in the entire series is in Blood Wars, whose climax is set in Norway.
  • Written by Cast Member: Kevin Grevioux (Raze) was also one of the writers.


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