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Van Helsing [UMD for PSP]

Hugh Jackman , Kate Beckinsale , Stephen Sommers    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   UMD for PSP
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Like a roller coaster ready to fly off its rails, Van Helsing rockets to maximum velocity and never slows down. Having earned blockbuster clout with The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, writer-director Stephen Sommers once again plunders Universal's monster vault and pulls out all the stops for this mammoth $148-million action-adventure-horror-comedy, which opens (sans credits) with a terrific black-and-white prologue that pays homage to the Universal horror classics that inspired it. The plot pits legendary vampire hunter Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) against Dracula (the deliciously campy Richard Roxburgh), his deadly blood-sucking brides, and the Wolfman (Will Kemp) in a two-hour parade of outstanding special effects (980 in all) that turn Sommers' juvenile plot into a triple-overtime bonus for CGI animators. In alliance with a Transylvanian princess (Kate Beckinsale) and the Frankenstein monster (Shuler Hensley), Van Helsing must prevent Dracula from hatching his bat-winged progeny, and there's so much good-humored action that you're guaranteed to be thrilled and exhausted by the time the 10-minute end-credits roll. It's loud, obnoxious, filled with revisionist horror folklore, and aimed at addicted gamers and eight-year-olds, but this colossal monster mash (including Mr. Hyde, just for kicks) will never, ever bore you. A sequel is virtually guaranteed. --Jeff Shannon

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE BRIDES RULE!!!!!!! Nov. 27 2004
By Trauma
Ok ok I went into VH with my head lowered in shame but once this guilty as charged cheez fest kicked into high gear I couldnt help but enjoy myself.
Stephen Sommers has allways been a so/so director and his Mummy and Scorpion King films have never really warranted any praise from me but I faithfully went to see all three of them hoping that his craft would reach a high point.
Van Helsing is not that movie but it did bring me to the conclusion that the man loves his Universal Monsters and thats allright too I guess as long as he doesnt try his hand at romantic comedies or dramadies....now that would be scare me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie rocked. July 10 2005
Can you say: AMAZING?!!!? This must be one of the best SFX movies ever made. It flat out rocks! Sure, some people say the plot is corny, the characters are corny, but, those who say that, I disagree with very, very strongly.
The movie's pace is good, and the story flows well. The characters: Van Helsing, Dracula, Frankenstein... they're good twists from the originals, and, come to think of it, I like this version of Dracula ten times better than numero uno. Trust me, you will love this movie. So, what are you waiting for? BUY IT! NOW!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film Dec 20 2004
By Deimos
This film has everything, great horror icons, great effects, loads of action and the fighting scenes are amazing, a top notch movie, a great horror/adventure
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugh Jackman, Universal's Monster Hunter June 19 2003
One of the most anticipated films of 2004 is the Universal Pictures release: Van Helsing. Hugh Jackman stars as the Bram Stoker character Prof. Abraham Van Helsing. Though many people remember the vampire killer from the Dracula novel to be a bit older and less active, director Stephen Sommers (of movie series The Mummy fame) is revamping the role to a more youthful and energetic age with a no-nonsense dimeanor. Set in the late Victorian age, Abraham Van Helsing is dispatched to investigate strange reports coming from dark eastern Europe. A world-renown monster hunter, this Van Helsing is a killer not to be triffled with. With a huge array of weapons, he appears to be a cross between Indiana Jones, Batman, and Attilla The Hun. Not only does he confront Dracula (played by Richard Roxburgh) on his mission, but also Frankenstein's Monster (played by Shuler Hensley) and the Wolfman (played by Will Kemp) as well. And these aren't your grandfather's monsters either. Universal Pictures has taken their classic horror monsters and beefed them up with modern heirs for the movie. The Wolfman is no longer a man with a hairy face. THIS version of The Wolfman would give the werewolf in An American Werewolf in London a run for his money. The same can be said of the other monsters shown, which Universal has announced you will be seeing all of. As even the movie's narrator proves to be Dr. Jekyll, you can be sure other Universal creatures as Mr. Hyde, Igor, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and the Invisible Man won't be hard to find either. Buckle your seatbelts, Universal Picture's Van Helsing is gonna prove to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the year!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie Oct. 12 2006
I like the opening in black and white! If you want a good superhero chases monsters kind of movie then buy this one. It's not bad at all. Matter of fact I like the movie over all. But I thought it annoying in the special features how they showed Kate Beckinsale frothing at the mouth over hugh jackman and making the comments about him (She is married to Len Wiseman right?), thats the world for ya. As well as Hugh Jackman showing off to her. I dont want to see that in special features of a movie I just bought. Good thing she wont be in the second one! Maybe we will see Hugh Jackman showing off to one of the creature from the black lagoons wives!! Down boy!!, she's got fish virus!! Most notable qoute from the special features, "Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you, VAN HALEN!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars A M A Z I N G ! ! ! Sept. 3 2014
I just love this movie! I'm starting to like Hugh Jackman in these action type roles, and I simply love Kate Beckinsale in any role! The story is good, the soundtrack doesn't drown out the dialogue, and the special effects are top-notch! It's funny, sad, and suspenseful all rolled into one. Take some of a dozen classic horror flicks, mix in a bit of martial arts mayhem, a touch of James Bond wacky inventions, wrap it up with a twisted mystery in high definition with dialog worthy of overpowering the music, and throw a cow into a second storey window, for good measure and you've got Van Helsing! I watch it about once a month just to remind myself what a good movie is supposed to be!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it should have been Oct. 1 2012
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Van Helsing(released May/04)stars Hugh Jackman as Van Helsing and Kate Beckinsale as Anna Valerious.This production was sure a roller coaster ride,but not in the good sense.I found it quite uneven,with the two stars playing it right on,with other characters sabotaging their work,thus weakening the whole;down to poor writing.The CGI,as far as creatures go,was also terribly weak.
The story opens in Transylvania and Dr Frankenstein is bringing his Monster to life.The castle he works in is owned by Count Dracula and Dracula wants the doctors creation for his own uses.An argument ensues and the good doctor dies.The Monster takes the doctor to the top of a windmill,which is set on fire by the towns people.They end up crashing down through the structure when the floor beneath them gives way.
A year later we find Van Helsing in Paris tracking down Mr Hyde.He finds him in a bell tower,struggles with him and ends up killing him.He is summoned to the Vatican,who bankrolls Van Helsings exploits.They reprimand him for failing to bring Mr Hyde back alive.His next job will be bringing the Count down.Van Helsing,along with sidekick Friar Carl,travel to Romania to find the Count.They meet up with Anna,the last member of the Valerious family,who have fought the Count for generations.Just before his arrival Anna's brother had been bitten by a werewolf and was now being used by the Count to bring his vampiric children to life.However it doesn't succeed,so the count looks for the Monster to use.
Anna and Van Helsing find the Monster first and spirit him off to the Vatican.Along the way Annas brother attacks the carriage and Van Helsing gets bitten,but not before Van Helsing kills him.Anna is taken captive and Van Helsing must travel to his castle to rescue her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The best horror movie I've ever seen!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie - but I heard that Dracula was a ...
Good movie - but I heard that Dracula was a play-write and not a vampire - her put together plays about that stuff
Published 3 months ago by James Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Good!
Love this movie. Working condition and well packaged
Published 3 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars super !
I have been a fan of horror scifi and action movies since the 60s this combined some of my favorite creatures and modernized the old tales in a fun entertaining manner and I was... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jim MacKinnon
5.0 out of 5 stars In the Name of Iran
Every year during Halloween, I watch this movie that how Count Dracula deploys his witches to kill people, and here there is our hero to save the village from death and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Peyman ADLDOUSTI
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Love the steel book! Looks great in my collection. Watching Van Helsing is a whole other experience! Shipping was fast, as usual.
Published 6 months ago by Pui Hong
5.0 out of 5 stars nouvel version
avec quelques touches d'humour il est rafraichissant de voir un dracula en fuite et les effets assez bien réussies ainsi que d'écores et costumes et l'accent un assez... Read more
Published 18 months ago by rickduff
4.0 out of 5 stars Little More Than One Long Action Sequence
With the exception of very brief and perfunctory moments of exposition, this film is little more than one long action sequence. Read more
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