Van Helsing

Van Helsing

Stephen Sommers (2004)

12A Certificate


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.


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

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
Director Stephen Sommers
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Violence.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 7 May 2004