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Van Helsing (2004)

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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Stephen Sommers

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Stephen Sommers
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Jackman ... Van Helsing
Kate Beckinsale ... Anna Valerious
Richard Roxburgh ... Count Vladislaus Dracula
David Wenham ... Carl
Shuler Hensley ... Frankenstein's Monster
Elena Anaya ... Aleera
Will Kemp ... Velkan
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Igor
Alun Armstrong ... Cardinal Jinette
Silvia Colloca ... Verona
Josie Maran ... Marishka
Tom Fisher Tom Fisher ... Top Hat
Samuel West ... Dr. Victor Frankenstein
Robbie Coltrane ... Mr. Hyde
Stephen Fisher ... Dr. Jekyll (as Stephen H. Fisher)
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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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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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Details

Official Sites:

Van Helsing Official site

Country:

USA | Czech Republic

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

7 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Van Helsing: Cazador de monstruos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,748,040, 9 May 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$120,177,084, 26 August 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$300,257,475, 31 December 2004
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first movie, other than the Lord of the Rings films, to use the MASSIVE software program developed for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. See more »

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When Velkan and Anna are trying to capture the werewolf, Velkan's gun is the only one that has silver bullets and thus the only weapon capable of killing it. Why didn't all the people involved have weapons with silver bullets in case something went wrong? See more »

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Dr. Victor Frankenstein: It's alive. It's alive. It's alive!
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Silly, Fun Adventure
26 June 2005 | by MaximumMadnessSee all my reviews

Many, many people have seen "Van Helsing" and said it is trash, a waste of time, etc, etc. But what they don't understand is that sometimes, with so much happening in the world, people need to let it all go so they can get some thrills from movies.

The plot of Van Helsing is somewhere between simple and complex. The back story is that Count Dracula and his three brides have given birth to countless offspring throughout the hundreds of years they've been living as vampires. They themselves were created from the living, but their children were not. They were born of the undead, and have never had the chance to come to life... or the afterlife vampires live. They simply are dead.

Then, Dracula comes upon a mad scientist named Dr. Frankenstein, whom wants to discover the secret of creating life. He helps the doctor in his sort-of admirable task of creating life, hoping to use his creation to bring life to his children. But it is not to be. As the film opens, Dr. Frankenstein is killed by Dracula, who no longer needs him, and his monster, whom Dracula needs to give the essence of life to his children, appears to perish in a fire.

A year later, Gabriel Van Helsing, a tortured man without a past is sent to Transylvania by the "Holy Order"... An organization of all of the religions of the world. With the assistance of a trusty sidekick, the still living monster of Frankenstein and a beautiful young woman, he must hunt down and destroy Dracula before he can give life to his thousands of children.

The reason I gave this movie a 9 out of 10 is that is never seems to get the recognition it deserves. It has great action, great actors, and a great story. (At least for a summer film) It's not the type of movie to be taken seriously, it's the type to sit down with some friends, have some popcorn, and get ready for a silly, scary, fun ride. I love it!. 9/10


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