Van Helsing

A beast hunter is caught in a war between good and evil.

 

United States
Czech Republic
2004
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Lycanthrope Film
Vampire Film
Animals: 
Imaginary
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
Catastrophes: 
Collapse
Explosion
Fire
Giant: 
Colossus
Hulk
Lycanthropy: 
Werewolf
Werebat
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This outstanding production by an expert in the paranormal adventure mixed subgenre, Stephen Sommers, unites all the classic monsters and gives them a steampunk edge. Dracula, his brides, Frankenstein, his monster, Igor, Mr. Hyde, werewolves, to name a few, are at war, here; a war between good and evil that Van Helsing, beast hunter, is stuck in the middle of.
If you accept 3-D characters, a glossy polish, and if this kind of epic rubs you the right way, then it will be the perfect film and you will be mesmerized. Otherwise, like most of us, you might still enjoy it but find it too lengthy. Van Helsing is a perpetual roller coaster ride punctuated with short dialogue, romance, humor and whatever helps us catch our breath.
This script is ambitious. The actors give superior performances and deserve a medal for coping with so many effects. We're, at all times, submerged in a romanticized dimension. Not much, here, happens in the real world. In fact, this is a world of color keying and fake sets. Van Helsing comes fully equipped with weapons and gadgets that couldn’t possibly exist when this film takes places.
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