Here’s the surprise! A ‘Film Friday‘ post…on a Saturday. This is actually to make up for last week’s non-existent post. So please enjoy!
And remember. There be spoilers (and cool gifs) ahead!!!
Van Helsing (2004). This film is set in the late 1800s, and is a homage to the classic monster movie. It follows the notorious monster hunter, Van Helsing, as he is sent to Transylvania to stop Count Dracula. Dracula is using Dr. Frankenstein’s research into the creation of life in order to bring his undead children to life.
It stars Hugh Jackman as Van Helsing, Kate Beckingsale as Anna Valerious, Richard Roxburgh as Count Vladislaus Dracula, David Wenham as Carl, Will Kemp as Velkan Valerious, Kevin O’Connor as Igor, and Shuler Hensley as Frankenstein’s Monster.
This has been a favourite of mine and my sister’s for quite some time. It’s a great adventure and pretty funny. If you’re looking for a serious movie, I wouldn’t recommend this one, though it has it’s moments. Really it’s just a fun movie to watch, and even better if you like the supernatural and things inspired by classic book characters.
Van Helsing is a pretty interesting character, with a pretty interesting past. He’s working with he church so that he can redeem himself and get into heaven when he dies. I do think his background, and the reason for his being a monster hunter, could have been investigated better. It was sort of just hinted at and then suddenly chunks were revealed. I suppose it wasn’t done too badly, but I just think it could have been fleshed out better.
The costumes are beautiful, particularly Anna’s outfit. I often wish I could pull off something as incredibly kick-ass as it. Dracula’s brides wear some gorgeous dresses too, which accentuate their wickedness.
Which brings me to the weaponary (some how). Van Helsing uses some awesome looking weapons, such as his automatic crossbow. And Anna’s family have an armoury which he borrows from. I’m so in love with medieval weaponry, so it’s certainly something I appreciate in this movie.
Mr. Hyde: You’re a big one. You’ll be hard to digest.
Van Helsing: I’d hate to be such a nuisance.
Cardinal Jinette: When we found you crawling up the steps of this church, half dead, it was clear to all of us that you had been sent to do God’s work.
Van Helsing: Why can’t He do it Himself?
Carl: So you can remember everything about your life from the last seven years, but nothing before that?
Van Helsing: Not now, Carl.
Carl: There must be something?
Van Helsing: [dead serious] I remember fighting the Romans at Masada.
Carl: That was in 73 A.D.
Carl: Why does it smell like wet dog in here?
Van Helsing: [running past him] Werewolf!
Carl: Oh! You’ll be needing silver bullets then. [he produces a box of bullets and throws them to Van Helsing]
Van Helsing: You’re a genius!
Carl: A genius with access to unstable chemicals!
Tomorrow I’m starting my blog series about the books I got for my birthday. Be prepared for some serious book haulage!