And that leads to his meeting the beautiful Anna Valerious (Kate Beckinsale), who with her brother Velkan (Will Kemp) represents the last of nine generations of a family who will never find eternal rest until it vanquishes Dracula. (Conveniently, if you kill Dracula, all the vampires he created will also die.) Anna is at first suspicious of Van Helsing, but soon they are partners in vengeance, and the rest of the plot (there is a whole lot of it) I will leave you to discover for yourselves.
The director, Stephen Sommers, began his career sedately, directing a very nice "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (1993) and the entertaining "Jungle Book" (1994). Then Victor Frankenstein must have strapped him to the gurney and turned on the juice, because he made a U-turn into thrillers, with "Deep Rising" (1998), where a giant squid attacks a cruise ship, and "The Mummy" (1999) and "The Mummy Returns" (2001, introducing The Rock as The Scorpion King). Now comes "Van Helsing," which employs the ultimate resources of CGI to create a world that is violent and hectic, bizarre and entertaining, and sometimes very beautiful.
CGI can get a little boring when it allows characters to fall hundreds of feet and somehow survive, or when they swoop at the ends of ropes as well as Spider-Man, but without Spidey's superpowers. But they can also be used to create a visual feast, and here the cinematography by Allen Daviau ("E.T.") and the production design by Allen Cameron join with Sommers' imagination for spectacular sights. The best is a masked ball in Budapest, which is part real (the musicians balancing on balls, the waiters circling on unicycles) and part fabricated in the computer. Whatever. It's a remarkable scene, and will reward study on the DVD. So will the extraordinary coach chase.
I also liked the movie's recreation of Victor Frankenstein's laboratory, which has been a favorite of production designers, art directors and set decorators since time immemorial (Mel Books' "Young Frankenstein" recycled the actual sets built for James Whale's "The Bride of Frankenstein"). Here Frankenstein lives in a towering gothic castle, just down the road from Dracula, and the mechanism lifts the Monsters to unimaginable heights to expose him to lightning bolts. There are also plentiful crypts, stygian passages, etc., and a library in which a painting revolves, perhaps in tribute to Brooks' revolving bookcase.
The screenplay by Sommers has humor but restrains itself; the best touches are the quiet ones, as when the friar objects to accompanying Van Helsing ("But I'm not a field man," he insists) and when the Monster somewhat unexpectedly recites the 23rd Psalm.
At the outset, we may fear Sommers is simply going for f/x overkill, but by the end, he has somehow succeeded in assembling all his monsters and plot threads into a high-voltage climax. "Van Helsing" is silly and spectacular, and fun.
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Famed monster slayer Gabriel Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) is dispatched to Transylvania to assist the last of the Valerious bloodline in defeating Count Dracula (Richard Roxburgh). Anna Valerious (Kate Beckinsale) reveals that Dracula has formed an unholy alliance with Dr. Frankenstein's monster (Shuler Hensley) and is hell-bent on exacting a centuries-old curse on her family. Together Anna and Van Helsing set out to destroy their common enemy, but uncover some unsettling secrets along the way.
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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.
During the late 19th century, legendary vampire hunter Gabriel Van Helsing is a man cursed with a past he cannot recall and driven by a mission he cannot deny. Van Helsing finds a land still mired in the past, where legendary creatures of darkness come to life. A place ruled over by the evil, seductive and unbeatable vampire, Count Dracula. It is Dracula that Van Helsing has been sent to terminate. Anna Valerious is one of the last of a powerful royal family, now nearly annihilated by Dracula. A fearless hunter in her own right, Anna is bent on avenging her ancestors and ending an ancient curse by killing the vampire. Joined by a common foe, Van Helsing and Anna set out to destroy Dracula along with his empire of fear. But in challenging an enemy who never dies, Van Helsing uncovers a secret he never imagined and comes face-to-face with the unresolved mysteries of his own enshrouded past.
Van Helsing (film)
2004 action gothic horror film
Van Helsing is a 2004 actiongothic horror film written and directed by Stephen Sommers. It stars Hugh Jackman as monster hunter Van Helsing, and Kate Beckinsale as Anna Valerious. The film is a homage and tribute to the Universal Horror Monster films from the 1930s and 1940s (also produced by Universal Studios which were in turn partially based on novels by Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley), of which Sommers is a fan.
The eponymous character was inspired by the Dutch vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing from Irish author Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. Distributed by Universal Pictures, the film includes a number of monsters such as Count Dracula (and other vampires), Frankenstein's monster, Duergar, Mr. Hyde and werewolves in a way similar to the multi-monster movies that Universal produced in the 1940s, such as Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, House of Frankenstein and House of Dracula.
Despite mostly negative reviews, the film grossed over $300 million worldwide.
In 1887Transylvania, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, aided by his assistant, Igor, and Count Dracula, creates a monster. Dracula kills Frankenstein, and as an angry, torch-bearing mob storms the Castle, the monster flees to a windmill with his dead creator cradled in his arms. The windmill burns down, apparently destroying the floor underneath the monster.
One year later, monster hunter Van Helsing kills Mr. Hyde after a brawl in Notre-Dame de Paris. Van Helsing pursues evil on behalf of the Holy Order, which has protected mankind “from time immemorial.” Van Helsing, who remembers nothing before he was found crawling up the steps of a church, hopes to earn pardon for his forgotten sins and thereby regain his memory.
At the Order's Vatican City headquarters, Cardinal Jinette gives Van Helsing a mission: Go to Transylvania, destroy Dracula and protect the two survivors of an ancient Romanian family, the Valerious. Their ancestor vowed that his descendants would kill Dracula, or spend eternity in Purgatory. He gives Van Helsing the corner of a Medieval painting that reads "In the name of God, open this door" and bears the same insignia as Van Helsing's ring.
In the Order's laboratory, men of every faith create devices to battle evil. Carl, an eccentric friar and inventor, equips Van Helsing and joins him. Meanwhile, In Transylvania, Anna and Velkan Valerious attempt to kill a werewolf controlled by Dracula, but it falls with Velkan into a deep river gorge.
A month later, Van Helsing and Carl arrive in the village and join Anna's fight with Dracula's brides – Verona, Marishka, and Aleera. Van Helsing slays Marishka. That night, Velkan, now a werewolf, visits Anna. When clouds cover the moon, he reveals that Dracula has a secret, but the moon emerges before he can finish. He flees to Castle Frankenstein, pursued by Anna and Van Helsing.
Dracula is duplicating Frankenstein's experiments to give life to his thousands of undead children, using Velkan as a conduit. He greets Van Helsing as an old acquaintance, "Gabriel".
Velkan succumbs to his curse. Dracula's children disintegrate. Van Helsing and Anna escape. In Anna's castle, Carl discovers a hidden painting of two knights fighting by moonlight. He reads the inscription aloud. It comes to life, and the knights transform into a vampire and a werewolf, at each other's throats.
Van Helsing and Anna find Frankenstein's monster in a cave. He is the key to Dracula's plans. En route to Rome, they are ambushed by the brides and Velkan, near Budapest. Verona and Velkan are killed, but Van Helsing is bitten. Aleera kidnaps Anna and offers to trade her for the monster at a masquerade ball. Van Helsing locks the monster in a crypt, but the undead retrieves him for Dracula. The masquerade ball is a vampires-only affair, but Van Helsing and Carl rescue Anna, destroying the vampires with Carl's light-emitting bomb.
At Anna's castle, Carl explains that Dracula is the son of Valerious the elder. When he was killed in 1462 by “the left hand of God”, Dracula made a covenant with the Devil and lived again. Valerious was told to kill Dracula and gain salvation for his entire family. Unable to kill his son, he imprisoned him in an icy fortress. The fragment the Cardinal gave Van Helsing reveals the way.
The captured monster tells them that Dracula possesses a cure for lycanthropy—because only a werewolf can kill him. Van Helsing, fighting the curse, sends Igor, Anna, and Carl to retrieve the cure, while he frees the monster. Unfortunately, the monster is struck by lightning, bringing Dracula's children to life. Dracula, spotting Van Helsing, transforms into a demonic form, fighting Van Helsing in werewolf form. Dracula tells Van Helsing “It was you that murdered me!”. Van Helsing rejects his offer to restore his memories and bites Dracula, destroying him and his children. Anna injects the cure; he kills her, howling in grief as he becomes human.
Van Helsing and Carl burn Anna's body on a cliff overlooking the sea. The monster departs by raft, and Van Helsing sees Anna's spirit reuniting with her family in Heaven. She smiles at him. Van Helsing and Carl ride off into the sunset.
- Hugh Jackman as Gabriel Van Helsing, a legendary hunter of monsters.
- Kate Beckinsale as Anna Valerious, the last descendant of an ancient Romanian family.
- Richard Roxburgh as Count Vladislaus Dracula, the ruler of Transylvania.
- David Wenham as Carl, a friar of the Holy Order.
- Shuler Hensley as Frankenstein's monster
- Kevin J. O'Connor as Igor, a servant of Frankenstein's, now working for Dracula.
- Will Kemp as Velkan Valerious, Anna's brother, who is turned into a werewolf.
- Elena Anaya as Aleera, the youngest of Dracula's brides.
- Alun Armstrong as Cardinal Jinette, Van Helsing's superior in the Holy Order.
- Silvia Colloca as Verona, the oldest of Dracula's brides.
- Josie Maran as Marishka, the second oldest of Dracula's brides.
- Tom Fisher as Top Hat, a Transylvanian grave digger.
- Samuel West as Dr. Victor Frankenstein
- Stephen Fisher as Dr. Jekyll
- Robbie Coltrane as the voice of Mr. Hyde
The film's original soundtrack was composed by Alan Silvestri.
Vivendi Universal Games published a Van Helsing video game for PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Game Boy Advance. The game follows a similar plot to the movie, has gameplay similar to Devil May Cry and the PS2 and Xbox versions feature the voice talent of many of the actors including Hugh Jackman.
Van Helsing also features in a slot game produced by International Game Technology. The game is available in real world casinos and online, though users in Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, and the US are excluded from playing the online games.
The film earned $51 million at #1 during the opening weekend of May 7–9, 2004. The film eventually grossed US$300,257,475 worldwide, of which US$120,177,084 was from the US.
Van Helsing received mostly negative reviews from critics.Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 24% of 226 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating is 4.28/10. The site's consensus calls the film a "hollow creature feature that suffers from CGI overload."Metacritic rated it 35/100 based on 38 reviews. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale.James Berardinelli of ReelViews gave an extremely negative review, rating the film half a star out of four and calling it "the worst would-be summer blockbuster since Battlefield Earth". Furthermore, he wrote "There are quite a few unintentionally funny moments, although the overall experience was too intensely painful for me to be able to advocate it as being "so bad, it's good." ... Some, however, will doubtless view it as such. More power to them, since sitting through this movie requires something more than a strong constitution and a capacity for self-torture."
Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle greatly disliked the film, writing: "Writer-director Stephen Sommers (...) throws together plot strains from various horror movies and stories and tries to muscle things along with flash and dazzle. But his film just lies there, weighted down by a complete lack of wit, artfulness and internal logic. ... What Sommers tries to do here is use action as the only means of involving an audience. So story is sacrificed. Character development is nonexistent, and there are no attempts to incite emotion. Instead, Sommers tries to hold an audience for two hours with nothing up his sleeve but colored ribbons, bright sparklers and a kazoo. What he proves is that this is no way to make movies."Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times gave the film 3 stars out of 4 stating that "At the outset, we may fear Sommers is simply going for f/x overkill, but by the end, he has somehow succeeded in assembling all his monsters and plot threads into a high-voltage climax. Van Helsing is silly, spectacular and fun."
Sommers expanded the story of Van Helsing in two direct spin-offs:
In May 2012, Universal Pictures announced that they would be rebooting the film with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci as a two-year deal to produce a modern reimagining and Tom Cruise to star as the title character and also produce the film. In October 2012, Rupert Sanders entered early negotiations to direct the film. By November 2015, Jon Spaihts and Eric Heisserer signed onto the project as co-screenwriters, though Cruise left his role with the film. However, in 2016, Cruise was cast to appear in Kurtzman's The Mummy, which was released in theaters on June 9, 2017. Following the poor critical and financial reception to the film, Universal restructured their plan for rebooted adaptations of their Classic Monsters to be stand-alone in nature.
By December 2020, it was announced that the reboot was back in development. Julius Avery will serve as director, in addition to doing a rewrite of an original script by Eric Pearson. James Wan will serve as producer. The project will be a joint production venture between Universal Pictures and Atomic Monster Productions.
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Van Helsing | 2004
- CAST |
- Hugh Jackman,
- Kate Beckinsale,
- Richard Roxburgh,
- David Wenham,
- Will Kemp,
- Shuler Hensley,
- Tom Fisher,
- Kevin J O'Connor,
- Alun Armstrong,
- Samuel West,
- Robbie Coltrane,
- Elena Anaya
Too much is never quite enough for director Stephen Sommers, the man who turned the traditional mummy from a an actor shuffling round in bandages to gigantic CGI-fest with sandstorms and plagues of scarabs. Letting him loose with the entire Universal Studios back-catalogue of monsters – as well as Mr Hyde – this was never going to be an exercise in creepy understatement.
Way too long, and often feeling like an animated 70s heavy metal album cover, it remains splurgy fun.
Along with Dracula, the Wolfman, Frankenstein and his creature – and even Mr Hyde – are drafted in, though we're spared Abbott and Costello. The plan was to have been a series of movies, but the film's under-performance at the box office scuppered the idea of sequels, although Universal now seems to be trying to revive the idea again with its Dark Universe series.
For copyright reasons, this is not crusty old vampire-chaser Abraham van Helsing (as previously portrayed by Edward Van Sloan, Peter Cushing and Anthony Hopkins), but leather-coated proto-Goth rocker Gabriel van Helsing (Hugh Jackman), first encountered dealing with Mr Hyde atop ‘Notre Dame Cathedral’.
The vast sets, built in Los Angeles, are astonishing but the ever-present CGI – not so much. Location filming was around the Czech capital of Prague, standing in, not only for ‘Paris’, but for ‘Budapest’ and, of course, ‘Transylvania’ – the country to which Van Helsing is despatched by the Vatican.
The ‘Parisian’ square below 'Notre Dame Cathedral' into which the crudely cartoonish Mr Hyde (Robbie Coltrane) plunges is recognisably Staroměstské náměstí (the Old Town Square) of Prague.
The ‘Transylvanian’ village, in which Van Helsing encounters Anna Valerious (Kate Beckinsale) and Dracula's flying, but nipple-less, brides, was built in front of Kunratice Chateau on K Libusi in at Kunratice U Prahy, on the outskirts of southern Prague. The site has since been redeveloped into shops and a car park.
The forest clearing, in which Anna and her brother Velkan Valerious (Will Kemp) unsuccessfully attempt to trap a werewolf, is Průhonice Park, 252 43 Průhonice, the grounds of the Botanical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, housed in the restored 13th century chateau of Průhonice. The park (but not the castle), at the south-eastern edge of Prague, is open to the public.
Further out is the interior of the Valerious family home, which the massive interior of a 15th century fortress in the Medieval town of Tabor, 55 miles south of Prague. In Tabor, you can also see the 'rundown' little theatre bought by Eisenheim (Edward Norton) in Neil Burger's 2006 The Illusionist.
To the east, toward Brno, is ‘Castle Frankenstein’. Embellished with maybe just a little CGI, it’s Hrad Pernstejn (Pernstejn Castle), about 20 miles northwest of Brno in the Moravian highlands. The castle was damaged by fire in April 2005, and is currently being restored.
The werewolf attack on the improbably inflammable coach was filmed in the forest at Srbsko-Alkazar, a former limestone quarry in the Berounka River Valley between Karlstein and Beroun, southwest of Prague, and a popular rock-climbing spot.
There was supposedly filming at the picturesque town of Cesky Krumlov, a couple of hundred miles to the south of Prague, which features in Hostel and The Illusionist, but there's little evidence of this in the film.
In Prague itself, the ‘Budapest’ street, where Van Helsing agrees to trade Frankenstein’s monster for Anna, and receives an invite to the Count’s ball, is beneath the Mala Strana end of Karluv Most, the Charles Bridge (also featured in Mission: Impossible and XXX).
Dracula’s summer palace, site of the lavish masquerade, is the extravagantly baroque interior of the 1761 Kostel sv. Mikuláše (St Nicholas Church), Malostranské náměstí, Malá Strana. The location fee seems to have come in useful – the huge church is currently (Summer 2017) undergoing extensive renovation of its murals.
Claimed to be the greatest Baroque church (no small a achievement in a city not exactly short of extravagantly Baroque churches), its organ has over 4,000 pipes and was once played by Mozart himself. Reinhard Heydrich (Anton Diffring) attends a Nazi wedding here in Lewis Gilbert's 1975 WWII drama Operation: Daybreak.
The palace graveyard, where the Frankenstein monster is temporarily hidden, is the Olšany hrbitovy (Olsanske Cemetery), Vinohradská 1835/153, seen also in From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Dungeons and Dragons.
It's back to California for the ending. Anna’s funeral pyre is on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific at – where else? – Palos Verdes, south LA; and the final shot of Helsing and Carl riding off into the sunset is at Piru, north of LA.
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