11. Van Helsing (Stephen Sommers, 2004)
What they said:
“The vast mythology readily available through these characters never takes hold and the iconic figures carry no resonance.”
Todd McCarthy, Variety
What we say
A flamboyant action-horror that’s not afraid to inject some contemporary irreverence into Universal’s aging stock of creature features.
Yes, it plays fast and loose with some cult classics, lumping together several big-hitting characters (Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man)... But since when did people start getting precious about a genre of filmmaking in which crossovers and cheap exploitations are not only the norm, but positively celebrated?
Van Helsing has wit, pace, expensive action scenes and Hugh Jackman’s excellent hat. Sold.