Download Van Helsing

Van Helsing

The One Name They All Fear.
Van Helsing
Famed monster slayer Gabriel Van Helsing is dispatched to Transylvania to assist the last of the Valerious bloodline in defeating Count Dracula. Anna Valerious reveals that Dracula has formed an unholy alliance with Dr. Frankenstein's monster and is hell-bent on exacting a centuries-old curse on her family.
Title Van Helsing
Release Date 2004-05-05
Runtime
Genres Horror Adventure Action
Production Companies Universal Pictures, Stillking Films, Sommers Company, The
Production Countries Czech Republic, United States of America

Reviews

Wuchak
***Big Dumb Blockbuster Monster Fun*** Although writer/director Stephen Sommers had an unexpected hit with 1999's "The Mummy," he went overKILL with the 2001 sequel "The Mummy Returns," a prime example of modern blockbuster dreck that's full of explosions and "exciting" things going on, but somehow is strangely boring. That's the problem with 2004's "Van Helsing," although not as bad. THE PLOT: In 1887 Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) teams up with Anna (Kate Beckinsale) in Transylvania to fight Dracula, his three lovely but vicious brides, the Frankenstein monster, werewolves, vampire babies, etc. It won't take long for the viewer to perceive that "Van Helsing" shouldn't be taken too seriously. It's a partial parody/homage of the classic Universal monster movies and part serious, just barely. Imagine "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992) with the over-the-top thrills of Indiana Jones and the flair of classic monster parodies like “The Vampire Happening” (1971) or "Young Frankenstein” (1974) and you'd have a good approximation. The film looks good, but there's too much CGI and some of the monsters look really cartoony, like Mr. Hyde and the werewolves. Others look quite good, like the flying vampire brides and Frankenstein's monster. As was the case with "The Mummy Returns" the film is strangely tedious despite all the manic happenings. Thankfully, there are worthy hints of depth, e.g. the Frankenstein monster and Anna. I wish there was more. Speaking of Anna, Kate Beckinsale is definitely one of the highlights here as she looks stunning throughout in an amazing form-fitting costume and thigh-high boots seemingly appropriate for the late 1800s (speaking as someone who’s not even a Beckinsale fan). Josie Maran and Elena Anaya are also striking as two of Dracula's wives, Marishka and Aleera. Needless to say, excellent job on the female front. On the other side of the spectrum, Jackman is a great, masculine leading man, perfect for the role. Richard Roxburgh (Dracula), David Wenham (Carl), Kevin J. O'Connor (Igor) and Shuler Hensley (Frankenstein’s monster) are all entertaining or effective. At the end of the day, though, "Van Helsing" barely rises above the limitations of what it is: a big, dumb modern blockbuster with all its over-the-top trappings. Considering the $160 million thrown into it, it shoulda/coulda been better. The story needed time to breathe and less constant mania. The movie’s also over-long at 2 hours and 11 minutes. Still, it's better than "The Mummy Returns" and there's enough here to make it worthwhile, if you're in the mood for this type of fare. THE FILM WAS SHOT in the Czech Republic, Rome and Paris with studio work done in Southern Cal and Orlando, Florida. GRADE: B-/C+
John Chard
Absinthe Actioner! Van Helsing is written and directed by Stephen Sommers. It stars Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham, Shuler Hensley, Elena Anaya, Will Kemp, Kevin J. O'Connor and Alun Armstrong. Music is by Alan Silvestri and cinematography by Allen Daviau. Famed monster hunter Van Helsing (Jackman) is sent to Transylvania to stop Count Dracula's (Roxburgh) fiendish plan involving the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man. Well it was universally savaged by the pro critics and is considered a flop. Yet whilst understanding those things, it does for a reason hold above average ratings on the big internet movie sites. It did find a market (and continues to do so), it's like one big long MTV video, a sort of chaotic monster fun frolic in rock opera style. It's effects laden, which is no great thing since they are shoddy, and the dialogue is often as cringe worthy as some of the accents are. Yet it's still a thrilling ride, a strap yourself in and run with it job, to be in the company of sexy lead actors in Gothic garb and devilish period surrounds. Loud and boisterous for sure, and tacky at times, but exhilarating all the same for those after some pure escapist carnage. 5/10

Leave a Review?

You must be registered and logged in to submit your review.

Recently Searched

Baby Bos Sarah And Saleem The Warrior Queen Of Jhansi Assass Kalank The Operative Ishq Rosie Eiga Token Ranbu Warning Do Not Play Amjeon The Professor And The Madman 2019 The Aeronauts Mickey And The Bear Tenki No Ko Luis And The Aliens Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Child S Play Svaha The Sixth Finger The Lion King The Dead Don T Die Exit Nunca Rendirse Article 15 Auggie Official Secrets Redise Jamas 1 The Edge Of Democracy Batman Hush Bollywood New Little Itily Hotelttanssilvana 03 After Being Frank Men In 12 Suicidal Teens Juni Nin No Shinitai Kodomo Tachi Resident Evil Maleficent 2 Idol Woosang 21 Bridges Far From The Tree Jay Myself Star Wars Rocketman Maharshi Norm Of The North King Sized Adventure After The Wedding Round Of Your Life 2019 The Informer Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Memory Snow Donovan Reid Beyond Skyline Point Blank It Chapter Two The Blackkklansman Avengement Greenleaf Bllod Myth Damsel The Professor And The Madman Playmobil The Movie Sword Of Trust Never Back Down Hindi Dunbed Suryakantham Never Back Down Piranha Eli Cold Blood Little Italy Sorry To Bother You Guardians Of The Galaxy Rustum The Equalizer 2 Ralph Tranformens Childs Sanandreas The Wind Joker Romeo Akbar Walter Hippi The Divine Fury Rompiendo Las Reglas Third Wife The Cure Anniversary 1978 2018 Live In Hyde Park Whitney The Kitchen Brahms The Boy Ii Give Me Liberty Night School Hereditary Novitiate Journey To China The Mystery Of Iron Mask Booksmart A I Rising Extreme Job Geukhanjikeob Play Or Die Sherkock Gnomes Never Back Dovn Guardian Of Galaxy Iit