YMMV / Van Helsing


  • Awesome Music: Alan Silvestri's score. Here's a taste of the scoring sessions.
  • Badass Decay: Dracula. To be fair, it's hard to retool a villain that's been beaten into the ground so many times.
  • Critical Dissonance: Critics ripped this movie to shreds, but it was one of the biggest blockbusters of '04.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • The Brides. In any other story they'd just be nameless background characters that'd be killed off quickly. Here they're actually deadly minions with distinctive personalities, desires and backstories - well, aside from Marishka, who does get killed fairly early on - and give the heroes a run for their money. More often then not, they're what people remember most about the movie. Aleera is the Ensemble Darkhorse of the Brides herself. Many fans sought out more of Elena Anaya's films in her native Spain, after being introduced to her through this movie.
    • This version of Frankenstein's monster was likewise well received thanks to the actor's portrayal.
  • Evil Is Sexy: The Brides again. Kind of a given, though.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Dracula shows interest in making Anna his bride, and a lot of his dialog with Van Helsing is pretty friendly considering Van Helsing is the one who originally killed him.
    • Dracula's bride Aleera also seems very interested in Anna, calling her "my love" and making claims like "I know what lurks in your lusting heart."
  • Ho Yay: Between Dracula and Van Helsing. Dracula seems a hell of a lot more interested in seducing Van Helsing than killing him. Especially when he calls him by his first name and drops hints about how close they used to be. It is also made worse by the videogame and the original script (turns out, they actually toned down on the Ho Yay...)
  • Memetic Badass: Hugh Jackman.
  • Narm:
    • Velkan gives a spectacularly amusing "NEVAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!" when yelling at Dracula. Dracula's response is...to start dancing with an invisible partner. Huh.
    • When he discovers his father's body, Velkan gives the weirdest Big "NO!" ever - through clenched teeth for some reason. The result is hilarious.
    • The extremely OTT reaction the Brides have at the beginning when the windmill with Frankenstein's creature blows up.
    • Dracula's reaction to Marishka's death - "MARIIIIIISHKAAAAAAAAA!" - and then marching up the wall to shout at his two remaining brides on the ceiling, all while Chewing the Scenery like it's Frankenstein's neck. Plus their hair and clothes are still obeying the laws of gravity and hanging down - or up, depending on the shot - making them all look ridiculous.
  • Narm Charm:
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: The video game takes several departures from the film, making it Darker and Edgier , but features all but three of the films cast doing character voices and was generally well received.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Robbie Coltrane as Mr Hyde. He was even smoking a damn cigar while doing the voice work!
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: The only purpose Anna had in the film was to be Van Helsing's love interest. Except there was no need for a Anna/Van Helsing romance. There wasn't even any build to even warrant the Big Damn Kiss that they had.
  • Special Effect Failure: The carriage jumping across the bridge unfortunately looks like very obvious CGI in a film with otherwise very good effects.
  • So Bad, It's Good: As long as you don't take the movie too seriously.
  • Spiritual Licensee: This movie is essentially Ravenloft or Castlevania with automatic crossbows instead of whips. The Reveal that Dracula is really a member of the same Valerious clan that fights him is similar to Dracula being a Belmont in the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow continuity, made later. That Dracula is even named Gabriel.
  • Squick: Van Helsing digging through a vampire Egg Sack to see what the undead vampire-babies inside look like.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The Brides' harpy forms still hold up quite well, pulled off with some state-of-the-art motion capture technique.
  • Wangst: Dracula's introduction boils down to "I can't feel emotions, so I'm going to be emotional about it!"

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