The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice
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A Note Regarding Spoilers

The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

When Flynn Carsen (Noah Wyle) suffers a meltdown due to the stresses of his job as librarian at the Metropolitan Public Library in New York, Director Judson (Bob Newhart) suggests that he take some time off, and Charlene (Jane Curtin) suggests New Orleans. At first reluctant to go, Flynn dreams that night of a beautiful chanteuse inviting him to come to her, and decides to follow his dream. His very first night in New Orleans takes him to a nightclub where he sees Simone Renoir (Stana Katic), his dream woman, singing a seductive song. After her song is finished, he tries to talk to her, but she whisks him away into a candlelit church, reveals that she knows he is the Librarian, gives him a marker, and tells him that he is the only one who can protect the Judas Chalice. Flynn is about to embark on an adventure that will involve vampires, ex-KGB agent and former Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Kubichek (Dikran Tulaine), his old college Professor Lazlo (Bruce Davison), and lead him to the ultimate vampire of them all...Dracula!

Curse of the Judas Chalice is the third movie in the made-for-TV Librarian franchise, preceded by The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (2004) and The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines (2006). The screenplay for Curse of the Judas Chalice was written by screenwriter Marco Schnabel based on characters created by David N. Titcher in the first movie.

No, they are not the same. The Holy Grail is a legendary wine cup that supposedly was used at the Last Supper., prior to the death of Jesus Christ. It is said to have great power and regenerative properties. The Judas Chalice is a fictional cup made from the 30 pieces of silver given to Judas to betray Jesus. Unlike the Grail, it is considered an unholy artifact. In the film, it has the ability to raise vampires from the dead.

The Fountain of Youth, Noah's Ark, Judas Chalice, Philosopher's Stone, The Loch Ness Monster

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Flynn goes looking for Dracula, who has absconded with the chalice. They meet up in the woods, and it rapidly becomes apparent that Flynn is no match for Dracula. Suddenly, Simone catches up to them. She reminds Dracula that he took her life from her and that she's not about to let that happen to Flynn. Simone and Dracula then go at each other, vampire style. Flynn notes a Populus tremuloides (aspen) tree, breaks off a branch, and plunges it through Dracula's chest, causing him to burst into flames. With Dracula gone, Simone decides that it's time for her to move on, too. Flynn offers his neck to her so that they can be together, but Simone only kisses it, reminding him that he must fulfill his destiny as the Librarian. The next morning, they watch the sunrise together until Simone turns into a glittering dust and blows away. Flynn returns to the Library, giving the marker to her as a necklace and the Judas Chalice to Judson. Flynn promises to remain as the librarian with no more meltdowns and informs Judson that he knows who he is. 'Yehuda!' he challenges. 'Yahoo to you, too,' Judson replies. Judson assures Flynn that he and the Library will play a big role in the future struggle between good and evil. 'As for me being 2,000 years old,' he adds, 'that's...well, that's just...insulting.' As they walk away together, the camera pans to the ceiling, looking down on the library floor, which resembles the Tree of Knowledge.

The movies in The Librarian series are most often described as a blend of action, comedy, and satire, 'cheesy', and movies that are a lot of fun to watch but don't take themselves seriously. Those who have seen The Librarian movies often compare them to the movies in the Indiana Jones franchise, i.e., Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008). Also similar are the movies in (1) the National Treasure series: National Treasure (2004) and its sequel National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007), (2) the Night at the Museum series: Night at the Museum (2006) and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009), (3) the Romancing the Stone series: Romancing the Stone (1984) and its sequel The Jewel of the Nile (1985), and (4) The Mummy series: The Mummy (1999) and its sequel The Mummy Returns (2001), all of which provide the adventure, thrills, and 'cheesiness' that are part of The Librarian movies. Although they are a bit more serious in tone, The Da Vinci Code (2006) and its sequel Angels & Demons (2009) are also favorably compared.

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