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Van Helsing (Widescreen Edition) (2004)

A movie directed by Stephen Sommers

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Fun and Fast Paced!

  • Apr 24, 2009

This movie has amazing special effects and borrows from a lot of the action movie directing that is currently in vogue. Jackman is very likable as a monster hunter hired by the church to eliminate all supernatural creatures and some man-made (Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein's monster).

After disposing of a giant Mr. Hyde in London, Jackman is sent to Transylvania to battle the evil Count Dracula. There he meets up with a beautiful vampire slayer who is also after Dracula for turning her brother into a werewolf. However, she is reluctant to go after him because the townspeople are content to keep status quo with Dracula. Dracula and his vampire wives periodically feed on the townsfolk to satisfy their urges as long as the townsfolk don't hunt them. Any actions by the townsfolk against the vampires would result in terrible retribution.

Van Helsing battles Dracula's wives who swoop and dart through the air around the town while Van Helsing is shooting a "machine gun" type bow and arrow. The special effects of these scenes are amazing.

Later, Van Helsing does battle with Dracula with the help of a werewolf and the Frankenstein monster.

We later learn that Dracula can only be killed in one way (that way is revealed late in the movie) but that way is super risky. Meanwhile Dracula is unleashing a plan to launch a vampire army to take over the world. It is up to Van Helsing, his beautiful slayer, and Frankenstein to defeat him and time is running out.

A fun ride to the end.

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Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
great special effects, good story line a fun, easy to watch, moderatly family friendly film.
review by . May 09, 2006
Obviously this movie got mixed reviews. Either viewers loved or hated it. I cannot understand the hate.     First of all, this was a typical Stephen Sommers film - you take a film classic and remake it with sarcasm, better effects, and you poke fun at the campiness of it all. Apparently some people were expecting something more Gothic, or serious, or historically accurate. Well, guess what? That has been done to death - no pun intended. What Sommers does here is far more entertaining: …
review by . October 25, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
"Van Helsing" hasn't got the best special effects in the world. Sure, it has a ton of effects in it, but none of them are that special to watch. In fact, many of them are pretty fake-looking. But that only adds to the charm of this movie if you ask me. This is supposed to be an homage to the monster movies of the past, and I think that "Van Helsing" manages to capture the essence of those flicks pretty well. First of all, consider that the special effects in movies such as "Dracula" and "The Wolfman" …
review by . October 21, 2004
Even though I enjoyed the Mummy (2 more than 1), I expected more than I got from this flick. The stars are capable and engaging.   The dialog is a little over campy at times for a "serious" vampire movie, but on the whole moves along briskly if you ignore the fact that it is hopelessly modern for the 1887 setting. Likewise, the techno gadgetry is an engaging tip of the hat to the Bond flicks, but "nitro" glycerine had been invented long before this date, and we have a "gas powered crossbow …
review by . May 06, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Good FX     Cons: Bad story, dull acting, and bad lines.     The Bottom Line: A good idea gone horribly wrong.     Across Europe in the late 1880’s Van Helsing is name uttered with respect and fear. To some, Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman), is a saint who does the bidding of the church. To others he is a murderer and as such is a wanted man in many nations.      As a knight for a secret order based in the Vatican, …
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Like a roller coaster ready to fly off its rails,Van Helsingrockets to maximum velocity and never slows down. Having earned blockbuster clout withThe MummyandThe Mummy Returns, writer-director Stephen Sommers once again plunders Universal's monster vault and pulls out all the stops for this mammoth $148-million action-adventure-horror-comedy, which opens (sanscredits) with a terrific black-and-white prologue that pays homage to the Universal horror classics that inspired it. The plot pits legendary vampire hunter Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) against Dracula (the deliciously campy Richard Roxburgh), his deadly blood-sucking brides, and the Wolfman (Will Kemp) in a two-hour parade of outstanding special effects (980 in all) that turn Sommers' juvenile plot into a triple-overtime bonus for CGI animators. In alliance with a Transylvanian princess (Kate Beckinsale) and the Frankenstein monster (Shuler Hensley), Van Helsing must prevent Dracula from hatching his bat-winged progeny, and there's so much good-humored action that you're guaranteed to be thrilledandexhausted by the time the 10-minute end-credits roll. It's loud, obnoxious, filled with revisionist horror folklore, and aimed at addicted gamers and eight-year-olds, but this colossal monster mash (including Mr. Hyde, just for kicks) will never,everbore you. A sequel is virtually guaranteed.--Jeff Shannon
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Director: Stephen Sommers
DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
Runtime: 131 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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