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Van Helsing (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure | 7 May 2004 (USA)
The notorious monster hunter is sent to Transylvania to stop Count Dracula who is using Dr. Frankenstein's research and a werewolf for some sinister purpose.

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Storyline

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 Film_Fan

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The One Name They All Fear See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for nonstop creature action violence and frightening images, and for sensuality | See all certifications »

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7 May 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Van Helsing: Cazador de monstruos  »

Box Office

Budget:

$160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£5,429,632 (UK) (7 May 2004)

Gross:

$120,025,245 (USA) (30 July 2004)
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Trivia

Before David Wenham was cast as Carl, Paul Hogan was reportedly considered for the role. See more »

Goofs

During the Brides' attack on the village, Van Helsing fires his crossbow at them many times, but the number of bolts (arrows) in its "magazine" never seems to decrease. When the crossbow jams, at least half of the bolts have suddenly disappeared. See more »

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[first lines]
Dr. Victor Frankenstein: It's alive. It's alive. It's alive!
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The Universal logo turns black and white, then catches on fire to dissolve into the traditional Angry Villager's torch. See more »

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References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

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It's Just Camp
11 January 2005 | by (Chapel Hill, NC) – See all my reviews

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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