Legendary monster hunter Van Helsing is sent by the Vatican to distant Transylvania, a land terrorised by the powerful Count Dracula. Joining forces with a valiant gypsy princess who is determined to end an ancient curse on her family by defeating the infamous vampire, Van Helsing continues his quest to rid the world of evil.
Directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, The Mummy Returns) and starring Hugh Jackman (X-Men, X2, X-Men United) and Kate Beckinsale
(Pearl Harbour, Underworld), Van Helsing
defines the legends that are Dracula, Wolfman and Dr Frankenstein’s Monster in this intense action adventure.
• Feature Commentary with Director Stephen Sommers and Producer Bob Ducsay
• Feature Commentary with Richard Roxburgh, Shuler Hensley and Will Kemp
• Van Helsing: The Story, The Life, The Legend
• The Women of Van Helsing
• Track the Adventure: Van Helsing’s Map
• Frankenstein’s Lab
• The Music of Van Helsing
• The Masquerade Ball Scene
• Bringing the Monsters to Life
Like a roller coaster ready to fly off its rails, Van Helsing
rockets to maximum velocity and never slows down. Having earned blockbuster clout with The Mummy
and The Mummy Returns
, writer-director Stephen Sommers once again plunders Universal's monster vault and pulls out all the stops for this mammoth $148-million action-adventure-horror-comedy, which opens (sans
credits) with a terrific black-and-white prologue that pays homage to the Universal horror classics that inspired it. The plot pits legendary vampire hunter Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) against Dracula (the deliciously campy Richard Roxburgh), his deadly blood-sucking brides, and the Wolfman (Will Kemp) in a two-hour parade of outstanding special effects (980 in all) that turn Sommers' juvenile plot into a triple-overtime bonus for CGI animators. In alliance with a Transylvanian princess (Kate Beckinsale) and the Frankenstein monster (Shuler Hensley), Van Helsing must prevent Dracula from hatching his bat-winged progeny, and there's so much good-humored action that you're guaranteed to be thrilled and exhausted by the time the 10-minute end-credits roll. It's loud, obnoxious, filled with revisionist horror folklore, and aimed at addicted gamers and eight-year-olds, but this colossal monster mash (including Mr. Hyde, just for kicks) will never, ever bore you. A sequel is virtually guaranteed. --Jeff Shannon
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