Most of us don’t think of urban fantasy as a movie genre. Why not? Got demons or vampires or monsters from hell and an urban/modern setting? Then you’ve got a recipe for urban fantasy.
Nightwatch / Daywatch
When the first movie came out, I was living in Kazakhstan as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching English in a remote village, and this movie was the talk of the town. Written by a Russian, this was their movie and they wanted me to see it. Wow, was it awesome. Perfect.
Anton Gordesky discovers that he’s an “Other” during a sting on a witch and becomes a vampiric, blood-drinking warrior protecting the light from the forces of darkness. Chaos ensues with just a hint of romance as the battle hits the streets of Moscow. There’s magic and monsters and murder. All the things you want in an urban fantasy.
Watch it. Then see the sequel, Daywatch.
Now, I realize that warriors with ninja-like abilities using the gun doesn’t fit the strict definition of urban fantasy, but their ability with the gun borders on supernatural. Emotions are considered evil in the future, and so are the arts which inspire them: painting, literature, music. Sense crimes are punished by death, the Grammatons enforce this law rigorously.
And what’s more interesting than a Farenheit 451 spinoff with fierce action and dark, twisty turns? Not much.
The Adjustment Bureau
If you like your urban fantasy with more subtle fantasy elements and a bit more romance, then The Adjustment Bureau is for you. The shadowy members of the Adjustment Bureau are intent on keeping to the plan, no matter what it takes. When an accident leads love to blossom where it shouldn’t, it’s the job of the men in fedoras to keep the romance from ever getting a chance to grow. No one must be allowed to alter the plan.
This was the first movie I ever watched where witchcraft was the main theme – and where girls were the primary cast. These are hallmarks of urban fantasy. It inspired me to think outside the normal – okay, and try a couple of spells and spend lots of money on occult paraphernalia – but remains a classic. I even here there may be a relaunch in the works.
Teenagers doing magic and trying to kill each other? Sure. I’ll watch any day.
Blood and Chocolate
Other than having the word chocolate in the title, this werewolf movie is one of my favorites (and I don’t like many werewolf movies – guess I’m more of a cat lady). Vivian belongs to a bloodline of werewolves and is promised to the leader of the pack. When she falls for a cartoonist, however, she has to choose between the pack and love.
It has all the classics of urban fantasy: a strong female lead, fantasy creatures, and even romance.
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