Underworld (1985 film)

Underworld (also called Transmutations) is a 1985 British horror film directed by George Pavlou, written by Clive Barker and James Caplin, and starring Denholm Elliott, Nicola Cowper, Steven Berkoff, Larry Lamb, Ingrid Pitt, Irina Brook and Art Malik.

The film's poster, bearing its alternative title: Transmutations
Directed byGeorge Pavlou
Produced byKevin Attew
Don Hawkins
Written byClive Barker (story and screenplay)
James Caplin (screenplay only)
StarringDenholm Elliott
Miranda Richardson
Steven Berkoff
Larry Lamb
Art Malik
Music byFreur
CinematographySydney Macartney
Edited byChris Ridsdale
Release date
  • November 1985 (1985-11) (UK)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film's music was produced by synthpop group Freur, which later evolved into the band Underworld, their name taken from the film's title.[1]


Dr. Savary (Elliott), a sinister biochemist, has created a subhuman species that dwells in London's underground. Addicted to Savary's mind-expanding drug, his creations suffer from grotesque disfigurements. The victims' only hope for an antidote lies in kidnapping Nicole (Cowper), a high-class prostitute. Roy Bain (Lamb), a fearless adventurer and Nicole's former lover, is hired to save her.


After a quick cinema run in the UK, the film was given a limited release in the United States by Empire Pictures in April 1986. Two years later, the film was released on video cassette by Vestron Video.[2]


  1. Lynskey, Dorian (9 October 2014). "Underworld's Dubnobass ... 20 years on". theguardian.com. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  2. "Company Credits for Transmutations". imdb.com. Retrieved 31 March 2011.

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