Van Helsing

Van Helsing

Stephen Sommers (2004)

126min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Having re-invigorated the Mummy franchise, writer/director Stephen Sommers here turns his attention to the rest of Universal's classic monsters. Using the original films and character legends as a springboard, he delivers an exciting, effects-driven romp that combines the pulling power of Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster. Gabriel Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) is dispatched by a secret, Vatican-based organisation to 19th-century Transylvania where he comes to the aid of Anna Valerious (Kate Beckinsale) in her long-running battle against the vampire Count and his evil allies. Though Richard Roxburgh's Dracula lacks charisma next to the magnetic Jackman, his flying, harpy-like brides are superb, fuelling some of the movie's most thrilling set pieces. This is Indiana Jones meets Hammer Horror - the relentless action is blended with a knowing undercurrent and dramatic gothic styling. Ultimately the CGI could have been better - as could the dialogue - but viewed solely as escapism, this is an exhilarating ride.

Summary

A vampire slayer heads for Transylvania to help a gypsy princess destroy evil bloodsucker Count Dracula and bring his reign of terror to an end. But he must first do battle with a werewolf, Frankenstein's monster and the count's trio of sharp-toothed brides. Gothic action adventure, starring Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh and David Wenham.

Cast & Crew

Van Helsing Hugh Jackman
Anna Valerious Kate Beckinsale
Count Vladislaus Dracula Richard Roxburgh
Carl David Wenham
Frankenstein's monster Shuler Hensley
Aleera Elena Anaya
Velkan Will Kemp
Igor Kevin J O'Connor
Cardinal Jinette Alun Armstrong
Director Stephen Sommers
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Violence.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama