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* AwesomeMusic: Creator/AlanSilvestri's score. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBIHy37ggvw Here's a taste of the scoring sessions.]]
* BadassDecay: Dracula. To be fair, it's hard to retool a villain that's been beaten into the ground so many times.
* CriticalDissonance: Critics ripped this movie to shreds, but it was one of the biggest blockbusters of '04.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** 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 EnsembleDarkhorse 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.
* EvilIsSexy: The Brides again. Kind of a given, though.
* FoeYay:
** Dracula shows interest in making Anna his bride, and a lot of his dialog with Van Helsing is pretty friendly considering [[spoiler:Van Helsing is the one who originally killed him.]]
** Dracula's bride Aleera also seems [[LesYay very interested]] in Anna, calling her "my love" and making claims like "I know what lurks in your lusting heart."
* HoYay: 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...)
* MemeticBadass: Creator/HughJackman.
* {{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 BigNo 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 ChewingTheScenery 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.
*** Just after his realizing Marishka's death is just as hilariously bad as screaming her name: he may as well be fluttering down on little butterfly wings by how overdone and silly a pose he uses.
* NarmCharm:
** Dracula and Frankenstein's monster. Plenty of scenes have them hamming it up, and it works.
** Marishka's cackling during the village attack. [[HamAndCheese You can tell her actress is having a ball]].
* NoProblemWithLicensedGames: The video game takes several departures from the film, making it DarkerAndEdgier , but features all but three of the films cast doing character voices and was generally well received.
* OneSceneWonder: RobbieColtrane as Mr Hyde. He was even smoking a damn cigar while doing the voice work!
* RomanticPlotTumor: 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 BigDamnKiss that they had.
* SpecialEffectFailure: The carriage jumping across the bridge unfortunately looks like very obvious CGI in a film with otherwise very good effects.
* SoBadItsGood: As long as you don't take the movie too seriously.
* SpiritualLicensee: This movie is essentially ''{{Ravenloft}}'' or ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' with automatic crossbows instead of whips. TheReveal that Dracula is really a member of the same Valerious clan that fights him is similar to Dracula being a Belmont in the ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' continuity, made later. [[spoiler:''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.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: 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, [[TinMan so I'm going to be emotional about it!]]"
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