Parents' Guide to

Van Helsing

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

This is one vampire movie with bite.

Movie PG-13 2004 132 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 15+


I watch van helsing every time I see it on the guide. I think that is the most entertaining movie I have watched in years. Call me "old school" but I grew up watching vampire movies (Bela Lugosi), ware wolf movies, Frankenstein all seperately. But for this movie to contain all of my favorite oldies in one package is the best movie ever made. It's also a love story and the ending really touches my heart. I need to own a copy of this to watch whenever I want to see action and adventure. Thus is such a well put together film!!!! My hat off to this film, the cast-ans I love, love, love Hugh Jackman in this movie. Kate Beckensale is the best. All of the characters in this movie could not been put together better in anything else. This movie is awesome. I am a baby boomer, so all my old stuff in one gets 4 thumbs up!!!! Van Helsing is "my" movie!! If there's a 10 star rating, this movie gets 11. Thank you to the writer and producer of Van Helsing#
age 18+

best of the best

one of the greatest thrilling movie i have ever scene.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (31 ):

This is one vampire movie with bite. It's a deliciously entertaining thrill ride that pleasurably tweaks new thrills from old stories. Thankfully, little time is wasted on exposition and explanations. Van Helsing is pretty much non-stop action, more thrill ride or video game than story. And that's fine with me. The production design is fabulously entertaining and imaginative. The monsters are all re-imagined with a great deal of flair, particularly Frankenstein's creation, one of the best of his many screen portrayals. The CGI effects are exceptionally well done, subtle details add a great deal of depth and atmosphere, and there are many intricate contraptions and a lot of slimy, dripping gloop.

Some good dialogue is delivered with a lot of panache. The movie takes itself seriously enough to have us care about the outcome but has enough of a sense of humor to provide Van Helsing with a cheery sidekick with a knack for weapons technology. Jackman has all that it takes to be both leading man and action hero. Kate Beckinsale is fine as Anna, the last in the line of her family, which for generations has been dedicated to wiping out the vampires. But in a movie like this, what matters is the bad guys, and Roxburgh is just right as Dracula, sinuous and seductive, a little effete, a little theatrical, and deliciously bloodthirsty.

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