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Van Helsing is a 2004 action horror film written and directed by Stephen Sommers. It stars Hugh Jackman as Dutch monster hunter Van Helsing and Kate Beckinsale as Anna Valerious. Van Helsing is both an homage and tribute to the Universal Horror Monster films from the 1930s and 1940s (also produced by Universal Pictures which were in turn partially based on novels by Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley), of which Sommers is a fan. The eponymous character was inspired by the Dutch vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing from Irish author Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. Distributed by Universal Pictures, the film includes a number of monsters such as Count Dracula (and other vampires), Frankenstein's monster, Duergar, Mr. Hyde and werewolves in a way similar to the multi-monster movies that Universal produced in the 1940s, such as Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, House of Frankenstein and House of Dracula. The film received generally negative reviews but grossed $300.2 million worldwide against a budget of $160–170 million. Plot In 1887 Transylvania, Doctor Victor Frankenstein, aided by his assistant Igor and Count Dracula, creates a monster. Dracula kills Frankenstein when he refuses to go along with the vampire's designs for the creature as Igor, revealed to be under Dracula's pay, watches impassively. As an angry mob storms the Castle, the monster flees to a windmill with Frankenstein's body. The mob burns down the windmill, seemingly killing the monster. A year later, monster hunter Gabriel Van Helsing travels to Notre-Dame de Paris and kills Dr. Jekyll after a brawl with Mr. Hyde. Helsing pursues evil on behalf of the Holy Order, which has protected mankind "from time immemorial". Van Helsing, who remembers nothing before he was found crawling up the steps of a church nearly dead, hopes to earn pardon for his forgotten sins and regain his memory. At the Order's Vatican City headquarters, Van Helsing is tasked with travelling to Transylvania, destroying Dracula and protecting Anna and Velkan Valerious, the last of an ancient Romanian family. Their ancestor vowed that his descendants would kill Dracula or spend eternity in Purgatory. In Transylvania, Anna and Velkan attempt to kill a werewolf controlled by Dracula, but it falls with Velkan into a deep river gorge, managing to bite him in the process. Van Helsing and Carl, a friar and weapons inventor, arrive at a village and join Anna's fight with Dracula's brides, Verona, Marishka and Aleera, slaying Marishka in the process. That night, Velkan visits Anna to warn her of Dracula's plans but transforms into a werewolf and escapes. Van Helsing and Anna pursue Velkan to Frankenstein's castle. They stumble upon Dracula's plan to duplicate Frankenstein's experiments to give life to thousands of his undead children, using Velkan as a conduit. During the fray, Dracula confronts Van Helsing, whom he regards as an ancient rival. Dracula's spawn come to life, before dying due to lacking Frankenstein's original formula. Van Helsing and Anna escape and stumble upon Frankenstein's monster at the windmill, who reveals that he's the key to Frankenstein's machine to give life to Dracula's brood. Eavesdropping on their discussion, Velkan escapes with this new information. In Anna's castle, Carl discovers a hidden painting of two rival knights. It comes to life, revealing the knights as a vampire and a werewolf in battle. While attempting to bring the monster to Rome, Van Helsing and his crew are ambushed by the brides and Velkan, near Budapest. Verona and Velkan are killed, but Van Helsing is bitten. Aleera kidnaps Anna and offers to trade her for the monster at a masquerade ball. Van Helsing locks the monster in a crypt, but the undead retrieve him for Dracula. Van Helsing and Carl rescue Anna and escape from the masquerade guests, revealed to be vampires. At Anna's castle, Carl explains that Dracula is the son of Valerious the Elder. When he was killed in 1462 by the "Left Hand of God", Dracula made a pact with the Devil and lived again. Valerious was told to kill Dracula and gain salvation for his entire family. Unable to kill his son, he imprisoned him in an icy fortress. A fragment the Cardinal gave Van Helsing opens a path to Dracula's castle. They find the monster, who reveals that Dracula possesses a cure for lycanthropy because only a werewolf can kill him. Van Helsing, fighting the curse, sends Anna and Carl to retrieve the cure, killing Igor and Aleera in the process. Van Helsing attempts to free the monster but is struck by lightning, bringing Dracula's children to life. Dracula and Van Helsing turn into their bestial forms and battle. Whilst both briefly return to their human forms, Dracula reveals that it was Van Helsing who killed him and offers to restore his memory. Van Helsing refuses and kills Dracula after reverting back to his werewolf form, triggering his brood's deaths. Anna arrives and injects the cure into Van Helsing but is killed by him in the process. Van Helsing and Carl burn Anna's body on a cliff overlooking the sea. Frankenstein's monster departs by raft, and Van Helsing sees Anna's spirit reuniting with her family in Heaven. Van Helsing and Carl ride off into the sunset. Cast Soundtrack The film's original soundtrack was composed by Alan Silvestri. Merchandise Video game Vivendi Universal Games published a Van Helsing video game for PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Game Boy Advance. The game follows a similar plot to the film, has gameplay similar to Devil May Cry and the PS2 and Xbox versions feature the voice talent of many of the actors including Hugh Jackman. Slot games Van Helsing also features in a slot game produced by International Game Technology. The game is available in real world casinos and online, though users in Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, and the US are excluded from playing the online games. Reception Box office The film earned $51 million at #1 during the opening weekend of May 7–9, 2004. The film eventually grossed US$300,257,475 worldwide, of which US$120,177,084 was from the US. Critical reception Van Helsing received generally negative reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 24% of 224 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating is 4.28/10. The site's consensus calls the film a "hollow creature feature that suffers from CGI overload". Metacritic rated it 35/100 based on 38 reviews. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale. James Berardinelli of ReelViews gave an extremely negative review, rating the film half a star out of four and calling it "the worst would-be summer blockbuster since Battlefield Earth". Furthermore, he wrote: "There are quite a few unintentionally funny moments, although the overall experience was too intensely painful for me to be able to advocate it as being ".... Discover the Anna Castle popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Anna Castle books.

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  • The Ship That Never Was synopsis, comments

    The Ship That Never Was

    Adam Courtenay

    The greatest escape story of Australian colonial history by the son of Australia’s bestloved storyteller In 1823, cockney sailor and chancer James Porter was convicted of stealing ...

  • The Girl in the Shadows synopsis, comments

    The Girl in the Shadows

    Katy Morgan-Davies

    'I was the shadow child no one ever saw...'From the day she was born until she escaped aged 30, Katy MorganDavies knew nothing but a life in captivity. Her father was the deluded a...

  • Oblomov synopsis, comments


    Ivan Goncharov

    Ilya Ilyich Oblomov is a member of Russia's dying aristocracy a man so lazy that he has given up his job in the Civil Service, neglected his books, insulted his friends and found ...

  • Murder by Misrule synopsis, comments

    Murder by Misrule

    Anna Castle

    Brilliant Francis Bacon is at a loss and in danger.Francis Bacon is charged with investigating the murder of a fellow barrister at Gray's Inn. He recruits his unwanted protégé Tho...

  • The Case of the Spotted Tailor synopsis, comments

    The Case of the Spotted Tailor

    Anna Castle

    Welcome to Ayreford in 1591, where cats can talk and fairies are real.Jane Moone leaves her thriving practice as a cunning woman in London to return to Ayreford to care for her fat...

  • Let Slip the Dogs synopsis, comments

    Let Slip the Dogs

    Anna Castle

    Secret trysts. Daring dalliances. And a body in the orchard.It's Midsummer, 1591, at Richmond Palace, and love is in the air. Gallant courtiers sport with great ladies while Tom an...

  • The Castle of Otranto synopsis, comments

    The Castle of Otranto

    Horace Walpole & Michael Gamer

    On the day of his wedding, Conrad, heir to the house of Otranto, is killed in mysterious circumstances. His calculating father Manfred fears that his dynasty will now come to an en...

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    Lock Up Honesty

    Anna Castle

    The most corrupt court in Elizabethan England has turned deadly.Francis Bacon's clerk, Thomas Clarady, has finally passed the bar. Now it's time to sue for his livery in the Court ...

  • The Ice Castle synopsis, comments

    The Ice Castle

    Holly Anna

    Hi! I’m Daisy Dreamer and my totally true imaginary friend Posey and I are going on a winter adventure! Oh, and you’re totally invited, too!I love snow days! I mean, who doesn’t? B...

  • Trickle Down synopsis, comments

    Trickle Down

    Anna Castle

    Learning to get along with a conquering alien species isn't so hard is it?

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    James Joyce

    With an essay by J. I. M. Stewart.'Every night as I gazed up at the window I said softly to myself the word paralysis. It had always sounded strangely in my ears ... But now it sou...

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    In Walked a Lady

    Anna Castle

    Thomas Clarady, Francis Bacon's clerk, tackles a case on his own.When a beautiful young woman comes looking for Bacon's special services, Tom offers himself as a ready substitute. ...

  • The Voyage Out synopsis, comments

    The Voyage Out

    Virginia Woolf

    'A strange, tragic, inspired book ... It is absolutely unafraid' E. M. ForsterA party of English people are aboard the Euphrosyne, bound for South America. Among them is a young gi...

  • Sir Lilypad synopsis, comments

    Sir Lilypad

    Anna Kemp & Sara Ogilvie

    A fantastic, funny, froggy tale from internationally bestselling picture book duo, Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie. Once upon a time, in a deep dark bog, lived a teeny, tiny speckled fr...

  • Death by Disputation synopsis, comments

    Death by Disputation

    Anna Castle

    Thomas Clarady risks his life, his eternal soul and his chastity!Tom is recruited to spy on a group of radical Puritans at Cambridge University with Francis Bacon as his spymaster...

  • The Beast Within synopsis, comments

    The Beast Within

    Émile Zola

    La Bete humaine (1890), the seventeenth novel in the RougonMacquart series, is one of Zola's most violent and explicit works. On one level a tale of murder, passion, and possession...

  • Now and Then Stab synopsis, comments

    Now and Then Stab

    Anna Castle

    Spring, 1593. A ballad is posted in the heart of London inciting violence. The Lord Mayor offers one hundred crowns for the name of the author. Thomas Clarady wants that money and ...

  • The Kreutzer Sonata and Other Stories synopsis, comments

    The Kreutzer Sonata and Other Stories

    Leo Tolstoy & David McDuff

    'The Kreutzer Sonata' is the selflacerating confession of a man consumed by sexual jealousy and eaten up by shame and eventually driven to murder his wife. The story caused a sensa...

  • Crime and Punishment synopsis, comments

    Crime and Punishment

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky & Oliver Ready

    'A truly great translation . . . This English version really is better' A. N. Wilson, The SpectatorTIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2014This acclaimed new translation o...

  • For Want of a Book synopsis, comments

    For Want of a Book

    Anna Castle

    All Francis Bacon wants is a book, but when he reaches his favorite bookshop, the printer drags him into a murder investigation.

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    Ben Kay

    Hidden in a remote corner of the South American jungle is a clandestine research facility known simply as MEROS. Here, working in laboratories buried a thousand feet underground, m...

  • An Unreliable Man synopsis, comments

    An Unreliable Man

    Jostein Gaarder & Nichola Smalley

    From the creative genius of Jostein Gaarder, author of modern classic Sophie's World, comes a novel about loneliness and the power of words Jakop is a lonely man. Divorced from hi...

  • The Cossacks and Other Stories synopsis, comments

    The Cossacks and Other Stories

    Leo Tolstoy & David McDuff

    In 1851, at the age of twentytwo, Tolstoy joined the Russian army and travelled to the Caucasus as a soldier. The four years that followed were among the most significant in his li...

  • The Case of the Miscast Curse synopsis, comments

    The Case of the Miscast Curse

    Anna Castle

    Jane Moone is hired to identify the witch who cursed a sheep. But her client, Kate Grazier, has already decided who did it Dorcas Whiting, the hedge witch who happens to be Jane's...

  • Riceyman Steps synopsis, comments

    Riceyman Steps

    Arnold Bennett

    In the work that has been judged the finest of his later novels, (printed here in Bennett's corrected version) Arnold Bennett gives us an unfogettable portrait of a miser and his w...

  • Moriarty Meets His Match synopsis, comments

    Moriarty Meets His Match

    Anna Castle

    Professor James Moriarty has but one desire left in his shattered life: to stop the man who ruined him from harming anyone else. Then he meets Angelina Gould and his world turns up...

  • The Hound of the Baskervilles synopsis, comments

    The Hound of the Baskervilles

    Arthur Conan Doyle

    "Mr Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!"The terrible spectacle of the beast, the fog of the moor, the discovery of a body: this classic horror story pits detectiv...

  • Eugene Onegin synopsis, comments

    Eugene Onegin

    Alexander Pushkin & Stanley Mitchell

    Eugene Onegin is the master work of the poet whom Russians regard as the fountainhead of their literature. Set in 1820s Russia, Pushkin's verse novel follows the fates of three men...

  • The Widows Guild synopsis, comments

    The Widows Guild

    Anna Castle

    London, 1588. Someone's turning Catholics into widows...... and masking the crimes under cover of Armada fever. Francis Bacon is charged with identifying the murderer by the Androm...

  • Sentimental Education synopsis, comments

    Sentimental Education

    Gustave Flaubert & Geoffrey Wall

    Sentimental Education begins with the hero Frederic Moreau leaving Paris and returning to the provinces and his mother. Part love story, part historical novel and satire it tell...

  • Die schwarzen Perlen - Folge 26 synopsis, comments

    Die schwarzen Perlen - Folge 26

    O. S. Winterfield

    Verzweifelt versucht Patrick, sich an seine Vergangenheit zu erinnern. Er hat das Gefühl, dass Irland seine Heimat ist, und so reist er nach Holyhead, um dort die Fähre zu nehmen. ...

  • Publish and Perish synopsis, comments

    Publish and Perish

    Anna Castle

    Someone's killing London's wittiest pamphleteers.It's 1589 and England is embroiled in a furious pamphlet war between an impudent Puritan calling himself Martin Marprelate and publ...

  • Tom Jones synopsis, comments

    Tom Jones

    Henry Fielding

    '"Sir, I am concerned at the Trouble I give you; nay indeed my Nakedness may well make me ashamed to look you in the Face ..." Jones offered her his Coat; but, I know not for what ...

  • The Case of the Tangled Maypole synopsis, comments

    The Case of the Tangled Maypole

    Anna Castle

    It's May Day, a time of joyful song and dance. But Jane Moone is called at sunrise to view a sorrowful sight Lucy Quirk, strangled in the maypole's tangled ribbons. Lucy came to A...

  • Oroonoko synopsis, comments


    Aphra Behn & Janet Todd

    Aphra Behn, the poet, playwright, novelist and political satirist was the first truly professional woman writer in English. This selection, edited and introduced by Professor Janet...

  • Anna and the Castle of Death synopsis, comments

    Anna and the Castle of Death

    Lana Sinyavska

    Never gamble with the Devil – you always lose. The influential tycoon nicknamed Black Spider thought that it did not apply to him.All Anna wanted just to make some money. But her ...

  • Crime and Punishment synopsis, comments

    Crime and Punishment

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky & David McDuff

    'Dostoyevsky's finest masterpiece' John BayleyDostoyevsky's great novel of damnation and redemption evokes a world where the lines between innocence and corruption, good and evil, ...

  • Moriarty Takes His Medicine synopsis, comments

    Moriarty Takes His Medicine

    Anna Castle

    Professor & Mrs. Moriarty tackle a case too ticklish for Sherlock Holmes to handle on his own...James and Angelina Moriarty are settling into their new marriage and their fashi...

  • Jessica Bannister - Folge 028 synopsis, comments

    Jessica Bannister - Folge 028

    Janet Farell

    Es ist eine unbeschreibliche Situation, in der die Erbengemeinschaft, die sich auf Bladwil Castle eingefunden hat, steckt. Jessica Bannister ist dort, um Tante Bell zu vertreten, d...

  • The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook, Expanded Edition synopsis, comments

    The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook, Expanded Edition

    Emily Ansara Baines

    Celebrate the beloved upstairs/downstairs world of Downton Abbey by dining like they do with this brilliant collection of inspired recipes and photographs for celebratory teas, the...

  • Moriarty Lifts the Veil synopsis, comments

    Moriarty Lifts the Veil

    Anna Castle

    <b>It began as a harmless wager. Who could solve their case first?</b>Professor and Mrs. Moriarty have a few weeks to kill before their theater opens. Happily...