History Film / VanHelsing

14th Sep '17 9:58:24 AM x_countryguy
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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Somewhat -- they can shift from monster to human forms and can reproduce. As Van Helsing states, since they're undead their offspring are stillborn. Thus the need for energy filtered through a supernatural source (i.e: werewolves or Frankenstein's Monster) to bring them to life. Dracula himself seems to operate under different rules, as he himself can't be killed via a stake through the heart [[spoiler:unlike his brides]], because he has no heart. Crosses also burst into flame around him, and he can transform into an even bigger batlike demon. [[spoiler:His only weakness is the bite of a werewolf.]]

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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Somewhat -- they can shift from monster to human forms and can reproduce. As Van Helsing states, since they're undead their offspring are stillborn. Thus the need for energy filtered through a supernatural source (i.e: werewolves or Frankenstein's Monster) to bring them to life. Dracula himself seems to operate under different rules, as he himself can't be killed via a stake through the heart [[spoiler:unlike his brides]], because he has no heart. Crosses also burst into flame around him, and he can transform into an even bigger batlike bat-like demon. [[spoiler:His only weakness is the bite of a werewolf.]]



* PivotalWakeup: Dracula
* PortalPicture

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* PivotalWakeup: Dracula
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Dracula can enter and exit his costume on a hinge. He can effectively walk up wall like this, too.
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* ProtagonistTitle

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* ProtagonistTitleProtagonistTitle: Van Helsing is the name of the movie and the main character.



* PullYourselfDownTheSpear: In the distant prologue, Dr. Victor tried impaling Dracula with a sword, but Dracula just pulled himself down the sword to get closer to Victor and bite him.
* RainOfArrows: One-man version. See AutomaticCrossbows, above.

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* PullYourselfDownTheSpear: In the distant prologue, Dr. Victor tried impaling impales Dracula with a sword, but Dracula just pulled pulls himself down the sword to get closer to Victor and bite him.
* RainOfArrows: One-man version. See AutomaticCrossbows, above.Van Helsing is capable of this with this Gatling crossbow.



* ReluctantMonster: Frankenstein's monster.

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* ReluctantMonster: Frankenstein's monster.monster just wants to be left alone and live.



* ScarilyCompetentTracker

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* ScarilyCompetentTrackerScarilyCompetentTracker: Van Helsing is this as a hunter. He notes several aspects of Frankenstein's Monster just from a set of footprints. He can even tell that he has copper teeth [[spoiler:but that's because the Monster was spotted hiding in the shadows right behind Anna.]]



* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Mr. Hyde.

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* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Mr. Hyde.Hyde is a big, muscular brute compared to Dr. Jekyll.



* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: In the case of the movie poster (seen above) The movie takes great pains to only hint at what Dracula looks like in his OneWingedAngel form until the end fight, but it is right there, in the top right corner of the poster.

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* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: In the case of the movie poster (seen above) poster. The movie takes great pains to only hint at what Dracula looks like in his OneWingedAngel form until the end fight, but it is right there, in the top right corner of the poster.



* WhoYouGonnaCall: [[HilariousOuttakes Van Halen]]!

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* %%* WhoYouGonnaCall: [[HilariousOuttakes Van Halen]]!Halen]]!
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Dracula is mopey early on about having eternal life.
13th Sep '17 3:04:44 PM x_countryguy
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* ArtisticLicenseReligion: Van Helsing must kill Dracula to prevent the Valerious family from "passing into Purgatory" and never reaching Heaven. Yeah, except that, according to Catholic dogma, passing into Purgatory means eventually ending up in Heaven. The movie states that they would be ''stuck'' in Purgatory forever, because of a special deal the original Valerious made.

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* ArtisticLicenseReligion: ArtisticLicenseReligion:
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Van Helsing must kill Dracula to prevent the Valerious family from "passing into Purgatory" and never reaching Heaven. Yeah, except that, according to Catholic dogma, passing into Purgatory means eventually ending up in Heaven. The movie states that they would be ''stuck'' in Purgatory forever, because of a special deal the original Valerious made.



* AttackAttackAttack: Anna has this. Her idea of a sensible solution when confronted with a horde of vampires is to grab a mace that was mounted on the wall, brandish it, and start to throw herself into the horde. Fortunately, Van Helsing is there to drag her out of harm's way.

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* AttackAttackAttack: Anna has this.this trait and it's not helpful. Her idea of a sensible solution when confronted with a horde of vampires is to grab a mace that was mounted on the wall, brandish it, and start to throw herself into the horde. Fortunately, Van Helsing is there to drag her out of harm's way.



* BadassLongcoat: Dracula and Van Helsing.

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* BadassLongcoat: Dracula and Van Helsing.Helsing have these which shows they are foils for one another.



* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Any flesh wounds the vampires sustain heal pretty much instantly. Although this is averted when they die and shrivel up.
** Anna takes a fair share of blows and gets thrown around multiple times throughout the movie but doesn't suffer so much as a scratch...not even after [[spoiler:a lycanthropic Van Helsing fatally injures her]].
* BellyDancer: Marishka certainly dresses like one, though she kind of gets killed before we see much of her.

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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: BeautyIsNeverTarnished:
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Any flesh wounds the vampires sustain heal pretty much instantly. Although this is averted when they die and shrivel up.
** Anna takes a fair share of blows and gets thrown around multiple times throughout the movie but doesn't suffer so much as a scratch... not even after [[spoiler:a lycanthropic Van Helsing fatally injures her]].
* BellyDancer: Marishka certainly dresses like one, though she kind of gets killed before we see much of her.her characteristics.



* BodyguardBabes: The Brides.

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* BodyguardBabes: The Brides.Brides are Dracula's primary enforcers and are all beautiful.



* ChandelierSwing: The movie is extremely fond of having the heroes swinging from ''very long'' ropes, and with enough momentum that they should have killed themselves several times.
* ChekhovsGun: The Light Bomb.

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* ChandelierSwing: The movie is extremely fond of having the heroes swinging from ''very long'' ropes, ropes and with enough momentum that they should have killed themselves several times.
* ChekhovsGun: The Light Bomb.Bomb is introduced early and is useful much later.



** [[FrankensteinsMonster Adam's]] ([[NoIndoorVoice very loud]]) ReasonYouSuckSpeech to the Lesser Vampires also counts (see below)

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** [[FrankensteinsMonster Adam's]] ([[NoIndoorVoice very loud]]) ReasonYouSuckSpeech to the Lesser Vampires also counts (see below)counts.



* CoatHatMask: Van Helsing sports these for his intro shot, but quickly ditches the mask.

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* CoatHatMask: Van Helsing sports these for his intro shot, shot but quickly ditches the mask.



* CostumePorn: All three brides. Also, the masquerade ball.

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* CostumePorn: All three brides. brides wear very elaborate dresses. Also, the masquerade ball.ball has dozens of extras dressed outlandishly.



* CrossMeltingAura: Dracula
* CuteMonsterGirl: Averted. The Brides may be cute in their human forms but their vampire forms...not so much.

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* CrossMeltingAura: Dracula
Dracula can melt crosses that he touches.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Averted. The Brides may be cute in their human forms but their vampire forms... not so much.



* DarkIsNotEvil: Van Helsing, Frankenstein's monster, even Anna.
* DeaderThanDead

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* DarkIsNotEvil: Van Helsing, Frankenstein's monster, monster and even Anna.
Anna dress in dark, gothic colors but are all heroic.
* DeaderThanDeadDeaderThanDead: None of the vampires in the movie are coming back. [[spoiler:Not even Dracula.]]



* DesignatedGirlFight: Anna was destined to kill Dracula. She whales on his brides instead.

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* DesignatedGirlFight: Anna was destined to kill Dracula. She whales on fights his brides instead.



* DiedHappilyEverAfter and [[DiesWideOpen Wide Open]]: [[spoiler:Anna]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Igor]]

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* DiedHappilyEverAfter and [[DiesWideOpen Wide Open]]: [[spoiler:Anna]]
DiedHappilyEverAfter: [[spoiler:Anna's spirit smiles as she ascends to Heaven.]]
* DiesWideOpen: [[spoiler:Anna's eyes are still open after she is mauled to death by Van Helsing.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Igor]][[spoiler:Igor falls from a great height not to be seen again.]]



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The scene that introduces Friar Carl bears a more than passing resemblance to the inevitable scene in the ''Film/JamesBond'' film where Bond visits Q to load up on cool toys.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
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The scene that introduces Friar Carl bears a more than passing resemblance to the inevitable scene in the ''Film/JamesBond'' film where Bond visits Q to load up on cool toys.



* {{Dracula}}
* EveryCarIsAPinto: ... Including horse-drawn carriages loaded with wooden stakes and explosive charges. That are on ''fire''. Justified as the carriage in question was meant to be a 19th century equivalent to car bomb.

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* {{Dracula}}
{{Dracula}}: He serves as the antagonist of the film.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: ... Including horse-drawn carriages loaded with wooden stakes and explosive charges. That are on ''fire''. Justified as the carriage in question was meant to be a 19th century equivalent to car bomb.



* EvilGloating: Dracula... oh, so very much.

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* EvilGloating: EvilGloating:
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Dracula... oh, so very much.



* EvilRedhead: Aleera.

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* EvilRedhead: Aleera.Aleera is the longest lasting of all of Dracula's brides.



* {{Expy}}: The Dwergi(Dracula's servants) bear more than a passing resemblance to the Little People of Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan.

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* {{Expy}}: The Dwergi(Dracula's Dwergi (Dracula's servants) bear more than a passing resemblance to the Little People of Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan.



* FrankensteinsMonster: A very steampunk incarnation.

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* FrankensteinsMonster: A very steampunk incarnation.incarnation is an ally of Van Helsing.



* GadgeteerGenius: Friar Carl.

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* GadgeteerGenius: Friar Carl.Carl is assigned to Van Helsing as his go-to gadget maker and dispensery.



* GrowingMusclesSequence: The werewolf transformations.

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* GrowingMusclesSequence: GrowingMusclesSequence:
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The werewolf transformations.transformations.
** It is inverted early on with [[spoiler:Mr. Hyde transforming back to Dr. Jekyll in the opening.]]



* HauntedCastle: Big time.

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* HauntedCastle: Big Dracula's castle is this big time.



* HilariousOuttakes

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* %%* HilariousOuttakes



* HolyHandGrenade

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* HolyHandGrenadeHolyHandGrenade: Frial Carl's sun bomb is effectively this.



* LastOfHisKind: After Velkan is lost while hunting werewolves, Anna is the last of the Valerious. Verona even states this word-for-word. [[spoiler: She eventually dies by the end of the film, too, rendering the family extinct.]]

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* LastOfHisKind: After Velkan is lost while hunting werewolves, Anna is the last of the Valerious. Verona even states this word-for-word. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She eventually dies by the end of the film, too, rendering the family extinct.]]



* MasqueradeBall
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover

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* MasqueradeBall
MasqueradeBall: Dracula holds Anna captive at a very large and elaborate one.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossoverMassiveMultiplayerCrossover: Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, werewolves, Mr. Hyde, Van Helsing all appear in this film.



* MonsterMash

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* MonsterMashMonsterMash: Vampires vs. werewolf and hunter and Frankenstein's Monster.



* MythologyGag: Guess how Universal killed off Dracula in ''Film/AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein''.

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* MythologyGag: MythologyGag:
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Guess how Universal killed off Dracula in ''Film/AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein''.



* NiceHat: Come on!

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* NiceHat: Come on!Van Helsing sports a very fine wide-brimmed hat through the movie and the masquerade ball has many hats as part of its CostumePorn.



* OceanAwe: Raised her whole life in the mountain-barricaded Transylvania, Anna longs to see the sea, saying that it must have been very beautiful. [[spoiler: She never manages to see it while alive. However, Van Helsing decides to bury her near one.]]
* OfCorsetsSexy: Anna Valerious
* OffscreenTeleportation: Vampires are fond of this. Dracula does it while talking to Victor Frankenstein in the prologue, and Aleera too while cornering Anna.

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* OceanAwe: Raised her whole life in the mountain-barricaded Transylvania, Anna longs to see the sea, saying that it must have been very beautiful. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She never manages to see it while alive. However, Van Helsing decides to bury her near one.]]
* OfCorsetsSexy: Anna Valerious
Valerious manages to look sexy and still fight in a tight corset.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Vampires are fond of this. Dracula does it while talking to Victor Frankenstein in the prologue, prologue and Aleera too while cornering Anna.



* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Kate Beckinsale's ambiguously Eastern European accent can't seem to hold up for more than a few minutes at a time. Strangely, with Hugh Jackman's English accent some American pronunciations seep through at times as well. (Strange because Jackman is Australian.)

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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Kate Beckinsale's ambiguously Eastern European accent can't seem to hold up for more than a few minutes at a time. Strangely, with the Australian Hugh Jackman's English accent has some American pronunciations seep through at times as well. (Strange because Jackman is Australian.)well.



* OvershadowedByAwesome: Anna Valerious

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* OvershadowedByAwesome: Anna ValeriousValerious just can't keep up with Van Helsing and is constantly in over her head against vampires and werewolves.
9th Sep '17 6:20:07 PM SinDustries
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* AngelUnaware: The title character is implied to be this, due to repeatedly being referred to by Dracula as "Gabriel" and, at one point, the "left hand of God". Van Helsing also early on mentions to Carl that he remembers fighting ''Romans'' at Masada in 72 AD. The Novelisation actually downright confirms this: Van Helsing is mentioned as having two large disfiguring scars between his should6er blades, right where ''wings would be''. The scars would seem to imply they were forcibly ''torn out''.

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* AngelUnaware: The title character is implied to be this, due to repeatedly being referred to by Dracula as "Gabriel" and, at one point, the "left hand of God". Van Helsing also early on mentions to Carl that he remembers fighting ''Romans'' at Masada in 72 AD. The Novelisation actually downright confirms this: Van Helsing is mentioned as having two large disfiguring scars between his should6er shoulder blades, right where ''wings would be''. The scars would seem to imply they were forcibly ''torn out''.
28th Aug '17 2:22:54 PM Saveelich
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* MonumentalDamage: The Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral suffers quite a bit of Van Helsing's confrontation with Jekyll/Hyde. Most notably, the [[http://www.notredamedeparis.fr/content/uploads/2007/05/ND-Paris_6598-759x1024.jpg rose window]] gets smashed.

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* MonumentalDamage: The Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral suffers quite a bit of from Van Helsing's confrontation with Jekyll/Hyde. Most notably, the [[http://www.notredamedeparis.fr/content/uploads/2007/05/ND-Paris_6598-759x1024.jpg rose window]] gets smashed.
28th Aug '17 2:22:28 PM Saveelich
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* MonumentalDamage: The Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral suffers quite a bit of Van Helsing's confrontation with Jekyll/Hyde. Most notably, the [[http://www.notredamedeparis.fr/content/uploads/2007/05/ND-Paris_6598-759x1024.jpg rose window]] gets smashed.
22nd Aug '17 4:35:17 PM Omnicron13
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* FantasticCatholicism

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* FantasticCatholicismFantasticCatholicism: The Holy Order of Knights in Rome sponsored under the Catholic Church are responsible for keeping the world from falling into chaos by exterminating monsters, devils, and supernatural forces. Bonus points with the fact that members of the orders include adherents of many faiths such as mullahs, Buddhist monks, and Jewish rabbis.



* MadeOfIron: Van Helsing and Anna. Comes in handy when you're being thrown through buildings.

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* MadeOfIron: Van Helsing and Anna. Comes in handy when you're being thrown through buildings.buildings, but it makes little sense for Anna since she's by all standards a normal human while Van Helsing is implied to be a literal angel who has lost both his wings but seems to be as powerful as a human (or possibly superhuman).



--->'''Monster: [[NoIndoorVoice YOU WRETCHED UNDEAD!!! I WILL HAVE MY REVENGE!!! "THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH, I SHALL FEAR NO EVIL"!!! YOU ARE NOTHING BUT]] ''[[NoIndoorVoice DAMNED BONES]]'', [[NoIndoorVoice AND]] ''[[NoIndoorVoice DAMNED SOULS]]'', [[NoIndoorVoice AND WILL BURN IN THE FLAMES OF]] ''[[NoIndoorVoice HEEEEEEELL!!!!!]]'''''

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--->'''Monster: [[NoIndoorVoice YOU WRETCHED UNDEAD!!! I WILL SHALL HAVE MY REVENGE!!! "THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH, I SHALL FEAR NO EVIL"!!! YOU ARE NOTHING BUT]] ''[[NoIndoorVoice DAMNED BONES]]'', [[NoIndoorVoice AND]] ''[[NoIndoorVoice DAMNED SOULS]]'', [[NoIndoorVoice AND WILL BURN IN THE FLAMES OF]] ''[[NoIndoorVoice HEEEEEEELL!!!!!]]'''''



** In the climax, there's [[spoiler:Dracula asking Van Helsing "Did I mention that it was you who murdered me?"]]

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** In the climax, there's [[spoiler:Dracula asking Van Helsing "Did I mention that it was you who murdered me?"]]me?" Making Helsing the one responsible for partially kickstarting the curse which the Velerious family has been fighting for generations.]]
22nd Aug '17 4:27:06 PM Tightwire
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Van Helsing and Friar Carl are sent to Transylvania to help the last of the Valerious family, Anna and her brother Velkan, destroy {{Dracula}} -- because if they don't, several generations of the family will never get to heaven, because God is apparently a big believer in holding kids to their great-great-great-great-grandparents' oaths. Who knows; maybe he is?

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Van Helsing and Friar Carl are sent to Transylvania to help the last of the Valerious family, Anna and her brother Velkan, destroy {{Dracula}} -- because if they don't, several generations of the family will never get to heaven, because God is apparently a big believer in holding kids to their great-great-great-great-grandparents' oaths. Who knows; maybe he He is?
22nd Aug '17 4:26:57 PM Tightwire
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Van Helsing and Friar Carl are sent to Transylvania to help the last of the Valerious family, Anna and her brother Velkan, destroy {{Dracula}} -- because if they don't, several generations of the family will never get to heaven, because God is apparently a big believer in holding kids to their great-great-great-great-grandparents' oaths.

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Van Helsing and Friar Carl are sent to Transylvania to help the last of the Valerious family, Anna and her brother Velkan, destroy {{Dracula}} -- because if they don't, several generations of the family will never get to heaven, because God is apparently a big believer in holding kids to their great-great-great-great-grandparents' oaths. \n Who knows; maybe he is?
11th Aug '17 3:07:50 PM Fireblood
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** Also, a friar isn't a lower degree of monk who hasn't leveled up to taking vows (that's a novice). Monks are members of monastic orders who profess the three vows (poverty, chastity, and obedience) and live in a cloistered ascetic community (like the abbey that Van Helsing says Carl has never left). Friars are members of mendicant orders who profess the three vows and live in the community at large, moving around as necessary to do their work. Carl's right, he's not a monk; but his brown habit and tonsure clearly mark him as a Franciscan friar (Order of Friars Minor), which very definitely means a vow of chastity (though the way he says this to a woman implies he's simply taking advantage of her ignorance).

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** Also, a friar isn't a lower degree of monk who hasn't leveled up to taking vows (that's a novice). Monks are members of monastic orders who profess the three vows (poverty, chastity, and obedience) and live in a cloistered ascetic community (like the abbey that Van Helsing says Carl has never left). Friars are members of mendicant orders who profess the three vows and live in the community at large, moving around as necessary to do their work. Carl's right, he's not a monk; but his brown habit and tonsure clearly mark him as a Franciscan friar (Order of Friars Minor), which very definitely means a vow of chastity (though the way he says this to a woman implies he's simply taking just taken advantage of her ignorance).
11th Aug '17 2:58:31 PM Fireblood
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** Also, a friar isn't a lower degree of monk who hasn't leveled up to taking vows (that's a novice). Monks are members of monastic orders who profess the three vows (poverty, chastity, and obedience) and live in a cloistered ascetic community (like the abbey that Van Helsing says Carl has never left). Friars are members of mendicant orders who profess the three vows and live in the community at large, moving around as necessary to do their work. Carl's right, he's not a monk; but his brown habit and tonsure clearly mark him as a Franciscan friar (Order of Friars Minor), which very definitely means a vow of chastity (though the way he says this to a woman implies he's taking advantage of her ignorance).

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** Also, a friar isn't a lower degree of monk who hasn't leveled up to taking vows (that's a novice). Monks are members of monastic orders who profess the three vows (poverty, chastity, and obedience) and live in a cloistered ascetic community (like the abbey that Van Helsing says Carl has never left). Friars are members of mendicant orders who profess the three vows and live in the community at large, moving around as necessary to do their work. Carl's right, he's not a monk; but his brown habit and tonsure clearly mark him as a Franciscan friar (Order of Friars Minor), which very definitely means a vow of chastity (though the way he says this to a woman implies he's simply taking advantage of her ignorance).



* EveryCarIsAPinto: ... including horse-drawn carriages loaded with wooden stakes and explosive charges. That are on ''fire''. Justified as the carriage in question was meant to be a 19th century equivalent to car bomb.

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* EveryCarIsAPinto: ... including Including horse-drawn carriages loaded with wooden stakes and explosive charges. That are on ''fire''. Justified as the carriage in question was meant to be a 19th century equivalent to car bomb.



* EvilRedhead: Aleera

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* EvilRedhead: AleeraAleera.



* {{Fanservice}}: You've got Creator/HughJackman, and shirtless, suffering Velkan for the ladies, and Anna (Kate Beckinsale) & the Brides for the men. And, of course, the MonsterMash premise is probably meant as fanservice of a non-sexual sort.

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* {{Fanservice}}: You've got Creator/HughJackman, and shirtless, suffering Velkan for the ladies, and Anna (Kate Beckinsale) & and the Brides for the men. And, of course, the MonsterMash premise is probably meant as fanservice of a non-sexual sort.
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