Trivia: Van Helsing

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Kate Beckinsale's character hunts vampires. This was originally what was preventing her from being cast; as she had just done Underworld, Steven Sommers feared she wouldn't want to do another vampire film. However her agent convinced him to send her the script - and she immediately signed on.
    • Hugh Jackman plays the role of a grim loner with no memory of who he was, while facing an enemy who knows him and his forgotten past and taunts him for it. He also turns into a werewolf.
    • Silvia Collocca (Verona) has often been compared to fellow Italian actress Monica Bellucci. It can't be a coincidence that Collocca is playing the same character Bellucci played in Bram Stoker's Dracula.
    • A Director Allusion for Stephen Sommers. Van Helsing was supposed to be fully nude after Anna's death and they filmed it as such. However a CGI loincloth was digitally added in post production. Sommers had previously done something similar in The Mummy where he used CGI to cover up Rachel Weisz's nudity during her Wet Sari Scene.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Josie Maran (Marishka) said as much about playing a vampire who can fly. It seems to be the case with the other actresses playing the Brides too.
  • Better on DVD: The film earned over $65 million in its first week of DVD sales - which is more than half of the theatre revenues.
  • Creator Backlash: A minor example. Kate Beckinsale hated the corset she had to wear as Anna, saying she wanted to burn it all by the time filming was over.
  • Deleted Scene: Aleera originally featured in the masquerade ball. Elena Anaya spent quite some time rehearsing the complicated dance routines - only for all her scenes to be cut. A photo exists of her in a sparkly red gown licking Anna's neck.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • Brian "Memory" Lane is the cardinal who gives Van Helsing his missions.
    • Selene has become a vampire hunter.
    • Faramir is Friar Carl
    • Hugh Stamp is Dracula!
    • Even as Igor, Beni still finds it hard to believe that he'll get his.
    • Aleera might be recognisable as the girl from Justin Timberlake's video for "Sexy Back".
  • Hilarious Outtakes: Ones that lampshade almost every single facet of the film.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Silvia Collocca (Verona) is terrified of heights. And yet she plays a vampire who spends more time in the air than she does on the ground.
  • Spiritual Licensee: This movie is very, very Castlevania. Namely when Dracula turns into a bat-demon (cue "Dance of Illusion").
  • Stillborn Franchise: There were plans for a sequel and a spinoff TV series, Transylvania, but they were scrapped in light of the lower-than-expected box office and mostly bad reviews.
  • Trope Namer: Do Unto Others Before They Do Unto Us was named after Igor's line.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The Creature from the Black Lagoon was originally going to be the one guarding the werewolf cure in Dracula's castle.
    • Also, the storyboard from that seen refer to Anna as "Mina", implying she was originally meant to be Mina Harker.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: Inverted. The producers specifically changed Van Helsing's first name from Abraham to Gabriel so they could hold onto certain rights for the character. Also because Stephen Sommers didn't think he could have a lead with Abraham as a first name.