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'''''Van Helsing''''' is a 2004 action movie of action movies released by UniversalStudios and directed by Stephen Sommers, who did the first two films of TheMummyTrilogy. It stars HughJackman as the eponymous VampireHunter. In this incarnation, he works as an agent of the Knights of the Holy Order in the Vatican to hunt down monsters and other abominations. Aiding him is Friar Carl, a slightly irreverent tinkerer and inventor that supplies him with the speciality equipment and comic relief he needs to take down the creatures of the night.

Yeah. [[MST3kMantra It's just that kind of movie]].

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. Once there, Van Helsing finds himself facing down [[MonsterMash Dracula and his brides, werewolves, and even Frankenstein's creation]] in the course of his mission -- and discovering a few secrets about his own past, with plenty of UniversalHorror[=/=]HammerHorror [[ShoutOut Shout-Outs]] along the way.

A reboot, that's planned to be released in 2014, is currently in the works, to possibly be written by the writing team behind the ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' films.

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!!''Van Helsing'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AbsurdlySharpClaws: Werewolf Gabriel leaves claw-marks on a stone statue during his brawl with Dracula.
* AdaptationalBadass: One of the entire points to making the film was to reinvent the Van Helsing character into a younger, action hero-type. [[SmallReferencePools For those who know Dracula]], but [[AdaptationDisplacement not Stoker's Dracula]]: The original Abraham van Helsing was an OmnidisciplinaryScientist who spoke comically broken English. He was well built, but getting on in years, and did not perform any notable act of physical skill; he was purely TheSmartGuy.
* AffablyEvil: Dracula is surprisingly pleasant and polite for a bloodsucking hellbeast.
* AllThereInTheManual: The three actresses playing the Brides revealed some nifty extra information about their characters you don't get in the film at all such as Verona being the oldest and Dracula's favourite, Marishka is the middle bride and was a gypsy, and Aleera is the youngest and most jealous. Silvia Colloca said that Verona was "very confident and very wise, never loses her temper [...] she is very dangerous for that reason because she is not very predictable."
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese version uses [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYo1A1QCT6I "Wild Romance"]] by Kyosuke Himuro.
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: Oh, look, vampires are weak to werewolves. Looks like Van Helsing has a new way to make Dracula DeaderThanDead.
* 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 shoulder blades, right where ''wings would be''. The scars would seem to imply they were forcibly ''torn out''.
* AnimatedAdaptation: ''The London Assignment''[[note]]Animated by both Creator/ProductionIG and Creator/SunwooEntertainment[[/note]], a prequel to the movie.
* ArchEnemy
* ArmorPiercingQuestion:
** Anna manages to cut off Frankenstein's monster in mid-rant:
--->'''Anna:''' What do you want?\\
'''Frankenstein's Monster:''' ...To ''exist''.
** The Monster himself gets one at the start of the story.
--->'''Frankenstein's Monster:''' ''(to the angry mob)'' ''WHY?''
* [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Arrogant Monster Girl]]: Aleera and Marishka of Dracula's brides. They both just play around with their prey rather then going for the kill [[spoiler: giving the heroes enough time to find a way to kill them.]]
* 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.
* 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.
* ATeamFiring: Van Helsing might want to spend some time at a shooting range before his next assignment.
* AudibleSharpness: Van Helsing's [[spoiler:werewolf claws]] extend with a [[ActorAllusion Wolverine-like]] SNIKT.
* AutomaticCrossbows: Van Helsing wields a ''gas-powered'' automatic gatling-style crossbow.
* {{Badass}}: The werewolves. [[spoiler:Especially Van Helsing.]]
* BadassLongcoat: Dracula and Van Helsing.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: The vampires when in monster mode have no nipples and genitalia on their seemingly nude bodies. ''{{Justified|Trope}}'' in that all the creatures that transform have their ''clothes'' transform too. The lone exceptions are the werewolves, who retain their pants when transforming, even as they rip off their upper clothing and ''[[BodyHorror skin]]''.
* BatOutOfHell: Dracula and his brides turn into [[OneWingedAngel humanoid bats]].
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Any flesh wounds the vampires sustain heal pretty much instantly. Although this is averted when they die and shrivel up.
* BellyDancer: Marishka certainly dresses like one, though she kind of gets killed before we see much of her.
* BetweenMyLegs: The framing of Van Helsing in his first meeting with Anna. And that one moment during the following action scene when he is almost speaking with her special friend.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Dracula's brides: Marishka (Blonde), Verona (Brunette) and Aleera (Redhead). [[spoiler:They get killed in that order as well.]]
* BodyguardBabes: The Brides.
* BodyHorror: The brides are full of this when they go monster, morphing their faces and unhinging their jaws. One particular scene in the climax had Aleera gets this when the acidic material get thrown in her face. Granted, being a vampire it doesn't kill her, but we see most of it burned before she regenerates.
* CaptainObvious: "You're choking me!" Gee, Anna, was the ''choke hold he had on your neck'' your first clue?
* CaptiveDate: Dracula takes Anna to his masquerade ball and forces her to dance with him while waiting for Van Helsing to arrive. No ropes used, but it's clear he's using some kind of mind control or muscle control.
* CarryingTheAntidote: There's a very good reason why Dracula carries the antidote for lycanthropy. He doesn't just [[KillAllHumans annihilate all the werewolves]] because he [[spoiler:needs someone far stronger than a normal human to channel the energies needed in his attempt to bring his horde of baby vampires to life]]. Before Frankenstein's Monster, he really did need at least one alive. Plus, they make useful servants who have to obey his every command. [[spoiler:After their first full moon at any rate.]]
* 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.
* ChewingTheScenery:
** '''''"Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?"'''''
** [[FrankensteinsMonster Adam's]] ([[NoIndoorVoice very loud]]) ReasonYouSuckSpeech to the Lesser Vampires also counts (see below)
* ChristianityIsCatholic: The Knights of the Holy Order supposedly encompass monster-hunters of all religions... but it's housed in the Vatican and run by Catholic priests. You do, however, see Buddhist monks, mullahs, and some other clergymen in the "base".
* CoatHatMask: Van Helsing sports these for his intro shot, but quickly ditches the mask.
* {{Confessional}}: Van Helsing meets his superior in one of these.
* CoolVersusAwesome: [[spoiler:The final battle -- a werewolf vs. Dracula.]]
* CostumePorn: All three brides. Also, the masquerade ball.
* TheCreepyUndertaker: The one in the village who greets Van Helsing.
* CrossMeltingAura: Dracula
* CuteMonsterGirl: Averted. The Brides may be cute in their human forms but their vampire forms...not so much.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Van Helsing might be an angel, might be Dracula's protegé, might be Wolverine in an earlier incarnation. Dracula knows him, though. We just never find out how.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Van Helsing, Frankenstein's monster, even Anna could count.
* DeaderThanDead
* DeadlyDisc: Van Helsing uses serrated razor discs both as melee and thrown weapons. Notably, he cuts Mr. Hyde's arm with one, and pins Igor to a wall with another.
* DeadpanSnarker: Van Helsing and Dracula both get their share of moments.
* DealWithTheDevil: How Dracula became a vampire.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The opening scenes, in an homage to old monster movies of the 1930s and 40s.
* DesignatedGirlFight: Anna was destined to kill Dracula. She whales on his brides instead.
* DestructiveSaviour: In his first scene, Van Helsing shatters Notre Dame's Rose Window while fighting Mr. Hyde, and is called out by Cardinal Jinette for his lack of subtlety.
* DiedHappilyEverAfter and [[DiesWideOpen Wide Open]]: [[spoiler:Anna]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Igor]]
* DirtyOldMonk: Friar Carl
* 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.
** Also inverted. The scene where [[spoiler:Van Helsing cradles Anna's lifeless body and cries out after killing her accidentally]] is very reminiscent to ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' where Wolverine (also played by Hugh Jackman) clutches Jean Grey's body after she begs him to kill her.
* DontTouchItYouIdiot: "If there's one thing I've learned, it's never be the first to stick your hand into a viscous material." [[spoiler:And sure enough, he's right.]]
* {{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.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Why else would she be ''Princess'' Anna Valerious? Even the vampires call her that. And, you know, the thing about her father being king of the gypsies.
* EvilGloating: Dracula... oh, so very much.
* EvilRedhead: Aleera
* ExpositionOfImmortality: Van Helsing remembering fighting the Romans in 73 A.D and also Dracula introducing himself as born 1422, murdered 1462. The film's set in 1888.
* {{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.
* FantasticCatholicism
* FauxActionGirl: Anna Valerious, through and through. She gets top marks for effort, but when it comes to actually ''doing'' anything, she accomplishes very little.
* FightOffTheKryptonite: Dracula vs. Crucifix. It's a tie, really. He screams, ''[[CrossMeltingAura it melts]]''.
* {{Fingore}}: Van Helsing tells Anna to cut off one of Igor's fingers if he should fail to comply. She clearly has slightly more [[GroinAttack esoteric targets]] in mind...
* FiveBadBand:
** Dracula and consorts:
*** TheBigBad -- Vladislaus Dracula.
*** TheDragon - Verona, then Aleera takes over when she dies.
*** TheEvilGenius -- Igor.
*** TheBrute -- the WolfMan [[spoiler:Velkan.]]
*** TheDarkChick -- all the three brides.
** The White Hats:
*** TheHero -- Gabriel Van Helsing.
*** TheLancer[=/=]TheSmartGuy -- Friar Carl.
*** TheChick -- Anna Valerious.
*** TheBigGuy[=/=]TheSixthRanger -- Frankenstein's Creature.
* FrankensteinsMonster: A very steampunk incarnation.
* FurAgainstFang: Apparently the only thing in the known universe that can kill Dracula is a werewolf.
* GadgeteerGenius: Friar Carl.
* GenreSavvy: Friar Carl again. Also Dracula and Van Helsing himself from time to time.
-->'''Velkan:''' I would rather die than help you!\\
'''Dracula:''' Ooh, don't be boring. Everyone who says that dies.
* GhostButler: Averted - Van Helsing makes a point to knock every single door in Dracula's castle off its hinges to prevent this.
* GlamourFailure: Dracula vs Mirror. Point goes to the mirror.
* TheGoldenRule: Averted, it's another rule that Igor lives by.
-->'''Dracula:''' Remember, Igor. Do unto others...\\
'''Igor:''' ...Before they do unto me, master.
* GrapplingHookPistol: Van Helsing used this to escape Frankenstein's castle, as well as offensively to impale Mr. Hyde in the chest.
* GrowingMusclesSequence: The werewolf transformations.
* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] during Anna and Velkan Valerious' first fight in the film (against a werewolf); Anna uses a sword, while Velkan uses a revolver loaded with [[SilverBullet silver bullets]].
* HappyHarlequinHat: Friar Carl wears one of these as part of his jester costume for the masquerade ball where he and the title character meet Dracula. He twitches his head to make the bells ring in the graveyard where they stash the Frankenstein monster, out of anxiety, for laughs, or both.
* HauntedCastle: Big time.
* HereditaryCurse: The Valerious family is bound by a curse that keeps them from entering into Heaven until Dracula is killed. This is the result of a vow taken by a distant ancestor.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Van Helsing is stated early on to be the most wanted man in Europe, due to his DestructiveSaviour tendencies and the fact that many of the creatures he takes out [[ThisWasHisTrueForm revert to human upon death]].
* HilariousOuttakes
* HistoricalInJoke: During Van Helsing's briefing about Dracula, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Vlad_Tepes_002.jpg this famous portrait of the real Vlad Dracula]] is reproduced with the face of actor Richard Roxburgh.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The Transylvanian village that has the unfortunate location to be closest to Dracula's castle has a really creepy gravedigger that is eventually killed by Velkan in his werewolf form. Upon dying, he rolls into the grave he was digging.
* HolyHandGrenade
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: What's wrong, Dr. Frankenstein -- [[WhatAnIdiot you actually thought that Dracula had altruistic intentions for your creations]]? To be fair though, the novelization of the film points out that while he's not quite as foolish as to believe Dracula is altogether altruistic, he has no idea whatsoever that Dracula is a vampire. This lack of knowledge comes back to bite him in the ass once the creature is successfully brought to life.
* HotGypsyWoman: Anna, the Gypsy princess. Marishka was apparently a gypsy too before she was turned.
* HowlOfSorrow: [[spoiler:Van Helsing]] does this in his werewolf form after [[spoiler:having the cure injected into his body and Carl confirms that Anna is dead]]. It morphs into a BigNo as he transforms back into a human.
* TheIgor: Pretty much required here.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Dracula has absolutely no problem molesting Anna while the audience waits for Van Helsing to make his [[BigDamnHeroes big damn entrance]].
* IndecisiveParody: Okay, you are either an AffectionateParody, a straight parody, or a MassiveMultiplayerCrossover. '''Pick one'''.
* ItsGoingDown: Unusually, the windmill is toast at the ''beginning''.
* ItsWhatIDo: The entire reason Igor gives for why he likes torturing things. He even names the trope word for word.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Aleera has a big mouth.
* KnightInSourArmor:
** Van Helsing gives off this attitude early on, [[HeroWithBadPublicity complaining about his negative public image]] and nearly walking out on the Cardinal out of disgust for the Knights of the Holy Order's unwillingness to go public and clear things up.
** Frankenstein's creature is this. While he's a strong believer that HumansAreTheRealMonsters, he does everything he can to make sure Dracula don't get his claws on him in order to save mankind from Dracula's evil. When he gets busted, he allies with the party in order to stop Dracula from finishing his plan.
* LargeHam:
** Dracula is contractually required to be like this.
** Frankenstein's monster is no slouch either.
** Neither are the vampire brides.
** Velkan hams it up the best he can in the few scenes where [[spoiler:he's human.]]
* LecherousLicking: A LesbianVampire licks Anna's face with her very long tongue.
* LesbianVampire: The Brides of Dracula display some notable lesbian tendencies, especially Brides Verona and Aleera. Marishka might have shown some too, if she'd lasted longer. Aleera is bisexual and seems very interested in Anna.
* LightIsNotGood: All three of Dracula's brides dress in flowing pastel dresses but they turn into batlike harpies to signify just how badass they are.
* LogoJoke: The Creator/{{Universal}} logo is black and white, and in a MatchCut becomes a [[TorchesAndPitchforks torch]].
* LoverNotAFighter: Friar Carl, who justifies his Rescue Nookie with a random townswoman because he's not a monk and therefore [[BlatantLies not bound by any vows of celibacy]].
* LukeIAmYourFather: Subverted. Carl reveals that Dracula was actually the son of Anna's ancestor, only for Anna to remark that everyone knows that.
* MadeOfExplodium: To be fair, the carriage was rigged to go boom.
* MadeOfIron: Van Helsing and Anna. Comes in handy when you're being thrown through buildings.
* MagicCountdown: That clock is striking twelve for at least three minutes...
* MagicPants: Standard issue on all werewolves. (In the DVD commentary they note that originally Creator/HughJackman was naked but test audiences found it too distracting so they added CGI pants.)
* ManOnFire:
** This happens to Dracula ''three times''.
** The werewolf once, once to '''SIX''' dwergers, and [[spoiler:once to Anna.]]
** This trope was abused to the point where it started Necro Critic's famous Burning Man Count running gag.
* MasqueradeBall
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover
* ModularFranchise: This movie tried to ride on the success of Sommers' remake of ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}''.
* MonsterMash
* MoreDakka:
-->'''Carl:''' Here, take this.\\
[he hands Van Helsing a bag, then begins to fill it]\\
'''Carl:''' Rings of garlic... holy water... silver stake... crucifix...\\
[they pass two monks test-firing a Gatling gun]\\
'''Van Helsing:''' [[GatlingGood Why can't I have one of those?]]
* MotivationalKiss: When Van Helsing and Anna split up before the climactic battle, he to face down Dracula [[spoiler:using his werewolf power to defeat the vampire]] and she to retrieve the werewolf cure serum.
* MrExposition: Carl. Lampshaded in the scene where he is explaining Dracula's backstory and he gets annoyed when Anna and Van Helsing fill parts of it in.
* MrFanservice: Every single male character in this movie except Frankenstein's Monster.
* MsFanservice: Like her male counterpart, any female presences, especially Anna and the Brides.
* MythologyGag: Guess how Universal killed off Dracula in ''Film/AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein''.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: The three brides have no names in ''Literature/{{Dracula}}''. Here they are named Aleera, Verona, and Marishka.
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: Anna Valerious's standing is defined primarily by that of her father and brothers.
* NiceHat: Come on!
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: An [[spoiler:Angel Werewolf]] Vampire-Hunter in a Badass Longcoat whose sidekick is a Sexually Active Swearing Friar Who Designs Turn-of-the-Century Anti-Vampire Hand Grenades. Booyah.
* NoIndoorVoice: '''''FRANKENSTEIN'S MONSTER!!!'''''
* NoOntologicalInertia: When Hyde's arm is cut off, it turns into Jekyll's arm. (Helsing has a reputation as a serial killer because so many of the monsters he kills turn into human corpses.) And killing Dracula causes anything created by him to die.
* 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.
* OneWingedAngel:
** Dracula and his brides can all turn into harpy-like humanoid bat creature. Dracula's demonic form is only fully revealed for the final battle. It's the same as his brides, only darker and with less-human features.
** [[spoiler:Van Helsing's werewolf form seems to be ''much'' larger and more brutal looking than the previous two werewolves seen in the film. He's also a literal angel who has lost both his wings but seems to be as powerful as a human (or possibly superhuman) can ''get'' in this film's universe.]]
* 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.)
* 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.]]
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: When they transform, they rip the skin of their former human selves off as if it were clothes, and can be controlled by a vampire if their willpower isn't strong enough.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Anna Valerious
* PimpedOutDress: Anna at the Masquerade Ball. Deleted scenes show Aleera gets one too.
* PivotalWakeup: Dracula
* PortalPicture
* PrehensileTail: Dracula's babies have them.
* ProtagonistTitle
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Dracula to Dr. Frankenstein:
-->'''Dracula:''' Now that it is, as you yourself have said... A ''triumph''. Of ''science''. '''OVER''' '''''GOD''!!!!!'''...
* RainOfArrows: One-man version. See AutomaticCrossbows, above.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** Frankenstein's Monster gives a rather loud one to Dracula's undead minions after being captured by them:
--->'''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!!!!!]]'''''
** He gives a rather calmer, more measured, and more damning one to Van Helsing not long before, when he thinks Van Helsing is going to turn him over to Dracula.
--->'''Monster:''' So, you will become that which you have hunted so passionately. May others be as passionate in their hunting of you.
* ReluctantMonster: Frankenstein's monster
* RescueSex: Friar Carl saves a random townswoman from falling to her doom by making a diving catch. She's very grateful... and quite happy that he's [[BlatantLies not bound by vows of chastity]]. We don't see either of them again for some time...
* ScarilyCompetentTracker
* SceneryPorn: Evil, foreboding CGI castles are pretty. Hell, the whole setting is pretty well shot. If nothing else, the filmmakers get the spooky feeling right.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers: [[AngelUnaware Whatever Van Helsing is]], he has no respect for any rules except his own.
-->'''Van Helsing:''' The laws of men mean little to me.
* SealedEvilInACan: Dracula was given wings by the devil to circumvent this.
* ShaggySearchTechnique: How Carl discovers a very special painting...
* ShirtlessScene: It's an action movie starring Creator/HughJackman, 'nuff said.
* ShoutOut:
** The Ballroom scene owns dibs to ''Film/TheFearlessVampireKillers''.
** Anna paraphrases a line from ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' when a villain is given a reminder [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim of the importance of not monologuing.]]
** The film is basically ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}: The Movie''. Van Helsing himself feels like a CaptainErsatz of various Belmonts (with some Cornell from ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania 64}}'' as he transforms into a werewolf), the Valerious line of monster hunters could very well be named Belmont, there's a boss fight with a werewolf and a more challenging one with some female vampires, there are some platform sections with falling bridges and chain swinging, the castle design is similar, and as is already mentioned, Dracula has a bat-like second form. The tie-in video game also alludes to "An ancient clan of vampire hunters known as the [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} Belmonts]]."
** Van Helsing's outfit is reminiscent of ''VampireHunterD'' and ''SolomonKane''.
** Mr. Hyde's depiction as an Comicbook/IncredibleHulk-sized brute is taken from the comic series ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', which got [[Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen a movie version]] a year before this. In the [[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDoctorJekyllAndMrHyde original novel]], Mr. Hyde was ''smaller'' than Dr. Jekyll (explained in the comic).
** Near the end of the movie, Aleera's lower jaw splits open in a manner very reminiscent of the Reapers from ''Film/BladeII''.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Bram Stoker's Dracula''. Both movies state that Dracula became a vampire in 1462, Dracula turning into a giant humanoid bat first came from that ([[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} as movies go]]) and the brides were given an AdaptationDyeJob similar to those in ''Dracula''. What's more is that Silvia Collocca has often been compared to Monica Bellucci, fellow Italians who both played Dracula's queen bride. The blonde bride dies first in both films too.
* {{Steampunk}}: The design of the Frankenstein Monster in particular; but a good deal of equipment seen being used in the movie is very impressive-looking for the time period.
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: Anna is repeatedly grabbed by the Vampire brides by the arm, or held by Dracula effortlessly. In theory it should be that they're so incredibly strong she can't resist, but she clearly isn't even ''trying'' to pull free, just whimpering a little.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Anna runs around fighting vampires and werewolves wearing a corset, peasant blouse and high-heeled boots. Averted with the brides, whose fancy gowns transform along with them.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Mr. Hyde.
* TalkToTheFist: How Anna gets vampires to [[ShutUpHannibal shut the hell up already]].
-->'''Anna:''' If you're going to kill someone, kill them -- don't stand around talking about it!
* ThisCannotBe: Dracula says this as [[spoiler:Van Helsing changes into a werewolf.]]
* ThisWasHisTrueForm: Why Van Helsing is considered a murderer by the {{Muggles}}. When he defeats the monstrous Mr. Hyde, for example, Hyde changes back to the measly Dr. Jekyll as he falls to his doom, and the French authorities don't see this transformation...
* TheThreeFacesOfEve: Dracula's brides - Verona is the Wife (she appears as the leader and her actress confirms that she is the Queen Bride). Marishka is the Child - we don't see too much of her but she is very playful and not as bright as the other two. Aleera is the Seductress - she has the most LesYay with Anna.
* TinMan: Dracula is a villainous version of this.
* TooDumbToLive:
** Anna and her brother Velkan tend to LeeroyJenkins when they attack things, such as werewolves, despite knowing that if they die their entire family won't be allowed into Heaven. Presumably the Knights realized this, which is why they sent Van Helsing in the first place.
** The Villagers don't fare much better. They give a flimsy justification that the vampires only attack because they're feeding (taking "only" one or two people a month), and if they were to fight back and kill the vampires, the remaining ones would only come back and slaughter them in revenge. Still, you'd think they'd try to deter them... it'd be very easy to do if they were all armed with ''bows'' instead of hatchets and pitchforks. Or more logically, if they resettled their village far away from Frankenstein's castle!
** Aleera constantly keeps showing off her power and playing with Anna rather then kill her outright. By the time she finally decides to, Carl throws Anna a stake who wastes no time in driving it into her heart. Citing how dumb Aleera was for wasting her opportunities.
* TorsoWithAView: Mr. Hyde shows off a hole clean through his right arm while talking about his and Van Helsing's previous skirmish in London.
* TransformationSequence: Several; the vampires shapeshift from human to bat-creature forms, while other humans become werewolves.
* {{Uberwald}}
* UnwittingPawn: Dr. Victor Frankenstein is this to Dracula.
* VampireDance: The dance hall where Drac is holding a fancy dress party is lined with mirrors, making it obvious to Anna that she's basically the only one there with a pulse.
* VampireHunter: Well, Van Helsing, who else?
* VampireMonarch: All the vampires and werewolves answer to Dracula, who presumably was the first vampire.
* VampireRefugee: [[spoiler:Van Helsing]] gets turned into a werewolf, and is prophesied to kill Dracula in this form. Meanwhile, Carl and Anna race to get the antidote to him before the last stroke of midnight, at which time he'll be a permanent werewolf.
* VampireWerewolfLoveTriangle: [[spoiler:Van Helsing]] is in the process of becoming a werewolf when Dracula kidnaps his love interest and tries to seduce her.
* VanHelsingHateCrimes: Played with. Van Helsing can see that Frankenstein's monster is not really evil. The Knights of the Holy Order haven't met him, however, so they don't and have sent orders for Van Helsing to kill him as soon as possible because he isn't human and because destroying him would cut off Dracula's plot.
* VariableTerminalVelocity: The vampire brides manage to fly down faster than a horse carriage falling down a chasm.
* VeinOVision: The vampires.
* VikingFuneral: [[spoiler:Anna's pyre.]]
* VisualPun: A woman, alone at night, needs some sort of defense to protect herself. What does she grab? Mace. Well, a mace, but you get the idea.
* WeirdMoon: The moon is full for ''weeks'' in Transylvania and apparently waxes and wanes like crazy. After [[spoiler:Van Helsing is bitten]], Carl tells him that the next full moon is in three days. Repeat: there was a werewolf attack the night prior (meaning that there must have been the full moon), and ''three days later'', it would be full again. There is a travel montage to get somewhere, but not one to get back. While the moon is still weird, this sort of gives an excuse for the "three days later" bit.
* WHAMLine:
** In the climax, there's [[spoiler:Dracula asking Van Helsing "Did I mention that it was you who murdered me?"]]
** Subverted with:
--->'''Carl:''' Dracula was actually the son of your ancestor, the son of Valerious the Elder.\\
'''Anna:''' Everybody knows that.
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: [[spoiler:Van Helsing]] must be cured by the last strike of midnight -- fortunately, in [[{{Uberwald}} Transylvania]] the clocks can take ''ten minutes'' to strike midnight. Maybe that has something to do with [[WeirdMoon the moon]]. A particularly noteworthy example, as [[spoiler:Dracula can only be killed]] after the ''first'' stroke of midnight.
* WheresMyGun: Prince Velcan loses his pistol early in his attempt to kill the werewolf Dracula unleashed off screen to hunt him and his sister down. When his trap is sprung, and the villagers start shooting the captured werewolf, he begins to scream at them to find ''his'' gun. Justified as his gun is loaded with Silver Bullets, and is therefore, the only thing that can kill a werewolf. He eventually does find it, and manages to kill the werewolf in question, however he gets knocked off a cliff for his efforts, and later becomes one.
* WhoYouGonnaCall: [[HilariousOuttakes Van Halen]]!
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Aleera keeps playing with Anna in the climax. Anna calls her out on her stupidity... after she stakes her, of course.
* TheWorfEffect: Anna by Aleera, repeatedly throughout the movie. She gets even.

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