Van Helsing

  • 12
  • Stephen Sommers (2004)
  • US
  • 126 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Action fantasy horror from the director of The Mummy, starring Hugh Jackman as Vatican-appointed monster slayer Gabriel Van Helsing. Dispatched to 19th-century Transylvania to aid Gypsy princess Anna Valerious (Kate Beckinsale) in her long-running battle against Count Dracula, Van Helsing discovers that his vampire foe is using other legendary monsters in his evil work. With the Wolf Man already his slave, all Dracula needs to make him unstoppable is Frankenstein's Monster.

Cast and crew

Cast

Gabriel Van Helsing
Hugh Jackman
Anna Valerious
Kate Beckinsale
Count Dracula
Richard Roxburgh
Carl
David Wenham
Frankenstein's Monster
Shuler Hensley
Aleera
Elena Anaya
Igor
Kevin J O'Connor
Velkan Valerious
Will Kemp
Cardinal Jinette
Alun Armstrong
Verona
Silvia Colloca
Marishka
Josie Maran
Top Hat
Tom Fisher
Dr Victor Frankenstein
Samuel West
Mr Hyde
Robbie Coltrane

Crew

Director
Stephen Sommers

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
UIP
Guidance: 
Violence.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 7 May 2004
Certificate 12
Categories
Drama