Reviews

Van Helsing

2

Mummy helmer Stephen Sommers has created another monster. Having squeezed three seminal works of supernatural fiction (Dracula, Frankenstein and Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde) into one unsatisfying whole, the writer/director then tosses in a pinch of outdated 007 attitude before allowing the resulting cock-up to destroy memories of the golden age of horror cinema.

The story, when it's able to make itself heard, has vampire hunter Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) on the case of arch-meanie Count Dracula (Richard Roxburgh). At times you can feel Sommers straining to keep this unravelling concept in one piece. His usual response to such narrative crises is to yank the ILM emergency cord, summoning forth CG beasties to roar over the blanks.

 

Film Details

  • 12A
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: October 11th 2004