At an archaeological dig in the ancient city of Hamunaptra, an American serving in the French Foreign Legion accidentally awakens a mummy who begins to wreck havoc as he searches for the reincarnation of his long-lost love.
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
At some point in pre-production, a cameo appearance by the Gil-Man from Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) was slated to appear in the underground cave where Van Helsing and Anna discover Frankenstein's Monster. However, this idea was dropped before filming began. (Stephen Sommers was once rumored to be attached to a remake of "Creature...") See more »
When Van Helsing's group arrive to the Dracula's Castle there's a freezing blizzard. Bit later, on top of the tower there's rain and thunderstorm. See more »
Van Helsing is excellent summer movie fun! ***1/2 out of 5
I really like this film. It features non-stop eye candy, a likable hero, spooky settings, and tons of monsters, what's not to like?
Stephen Sommers is a director who basically goes all out and likes to pack on action sequence after action sequence. He isn't someone out to make a dramatic Oscar winning film, he's just out to make good, fun, likable, special effects laden popcorn films and I respect that.
The monsters here are well done, especially my favorite monster, the Wolfman.. er.. Wolfmen. They are quite scary looking actually and definitely how I feel werewolves should be portrayed.
Alan Silvestri really packs a punch with his flamboyant and highly original score. One of his absolute best.
There are action films and then there are action films that literally don't let you catch your breath. This is one of the later.
There are a couple of small cheesy scenes and lines of dialog, but I believe they can be easily dismissed as the script really isn't bad at all. In fact there are some pretty good memorable lines here and there.
What can I say? I enjoyed it unlike a lot of reviewers here... but then again, I think a lot of people really enjoyed it. It made a killing at the box office.
Here's hoping for Van Helsing's Return!
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