Van Helsing is in the world to rid all evil, even if not everyone agrees with him. The Vatican sends the monster hunter and his ally, Carl, to Transylvania. They have been sent to this land to stop the powerful Count Dracula. Whilst there they join forces with a Gypsy Princess called Anna Valerious, who is determined to end an ancient curse on her family by destroying the vampire. They just don't know how! Written by
Stephen Sommers wanted Kate Beckinsale for the role of Anna, but feared it was too similar in tone to the vampire/werewolf film Underworld (2003) which she was shooting at the time, and he didn't ask her. Eventually her agent got Sommers to send the script and Beckinsale immediately signed on. See more »
Carl, at least twice in the movie, indicates that he's not a Monk but "just a Friar," the implication seeming to be that Friar is one step to becoming a Monk, which is untrue, they are two separate vocations in the Catholic Church. Monks live in self-sufficient, cloistered communities. Friars live, work, and minister among the people. Further, the implication of being "just a Friar" is misused as justification for Carl's cursing toward the beginning of the film, and suggesting a sexual liaison later on. Friars are either ordained priests (think Robin Hood's Friar Tuck), ordained deacons, or they are vowed Brothers. None of these are "allowed" to curse (any more than any Christian), and all of these (except some Deacons) are celibate. See more »
I'm really baffled at the hateful negative response to this film. No it's not Oscar material, it's just good campy fun. If you're a fan of old monster movies, James Bond and Indiana Jones flicks, and over-the-top humor in an action/horror movie, then you get it. I guess if you're looking for a summer action flick that takes itself too seriously, then you're out of luck with this one.
I admit that the film runs a little to long, the chemistry between Beckinsale and Jackman leaves something to be desired, and the Frankenstein "monster" (though well-intentioned to give a nod to "Young Frankenstein") is really annoying. But the entertainment spawning from the hokey fun that "Van Helsing" is all about, makes these flaws so forgivable.
For me, I'll take the over-acting screaming Brides of Dracula, the silly homages to dozens of classic action and horror movies, the cheesy one-liners, and the not-so-convincing special effects. Isn't that what monster movies are all about?
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