May 07, 2004 · Van Helsing: Directed by Stephen Sommers. With Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham. The famed monster hunter is sent to Transylvania to stop Count Dracula, who is using Dr. Frankenstein's research and a werewolf for nefarious purposes.
- Stephen Sommers
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Van Helsing: With Kelly Overton, Jonathan Scarfe, Aleks Paunovic, Rukiya Bernard. Vanessa Helsing, distant relative of famous vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, is resurrected only to find that vampires have taken over the world.
- 4 min
Van Helsing is a 2004 action gothic horror film written and directed by Stephen Sommers. It stars Hugh Jackman as monster hunter Van Helsing , and Kate Beckinsale as Anna Valerious. The film is a homage and tribute to the Universal Horror Monster films from the 1930s and 1940s (also produced by Universal Studios which were in turn partially ...
Professor Abraham Van Helsing, a fictional character from the 1897 gothic horror novel Dracula, is an aged polymath Dutch doctor with a wide range of interests and accomplishments, partly attested by the string of letters that follows his name: "MD, D.Ph., D.Litt., etc.", indicating a wealth of experience, education and expertise.
Van Helsing is set in the near future, where vampires have risen and taken control. Vanessa Van Helsing is humanity's last hope, as her unique blood composition gives her the ability to turn vampires human. With this secret weapon, Vanessa becomes a prime target for the vampires. Van Helsing comes from the producers of Fargo and Hell on Wheels. Jonathan Lloyd Walker serves as showrunner.
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Van Helsing is set in a post-apocalyptic near future. Vanessa Van Helsing, a descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, awakens from a coma after her supposed death to find herself in a post-apocalyptic world, three years after an eruption of the Yellowstone Caldera had blanketed the world in ash, blocking out sunlight and allowing vampires to overrun humanity. She is humanity's last hope, as her unique blood composition gives her the ability to turn vampires human. With this secret weapon, Vanessa becomes a prime target for the vampires. She is protected by a Marineordered to keep her safe, and the doctor who saved her, so she can lead a resistance against the vampires that plague the world's survivors. In the second season, Vanessa journeys east towards the safe haven of Denver, Colorado and discovers her long-lost sister Scarlett, who has been trained to kill vampires since birth. In the third season, Vanessa and Scarlett hunt the Elders, the original vampires, in order to defeat them fo...
1. Kelly Overton as Vanessa Van Helsing[a](formerly Vanessa Seward), humanity's last hope to lead an offensive to take back what has been lost in a post-Rising world, as her unique blood composition gives her the ability to turn vampires into humans. 2. Jonathan Scarfe as Axel Miller, a former Marinewith unwavering devotion and loyalty to both duty and Vanessa, despite years of isolation. He is later turned whilst saving the other survivors but thanks to Vanessa's abilities, he later becomes...
1. Hannah Cheramy as Dylan (recurring seasons 1–2, guest seasons 3, 5), the daughter of Vanessa. Vanessa eventually finds her with Rebecca where her DNA has been altered by Dr. Sholomenko so that a bite from Vanessa will be fatal. Vanessa initially tries to keep her alive by feeding her human blood. 2. Terry Chenas Brendan (season 1), the de-facto leader of a group of survivors from Idaho. They take over the hospital, imprisoning Axel and the others. After breaking free, Axel sends him and th...
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1. Sara Canningas Polly Miller / Carter ("Been Away"), the anti-social member of a group of survivors in Axel's hometown, who is Axel's long-lost sister. 2. Michael Eklund as Abraham Van Helsing ("Metamorphosis") and as Jacob Van Helsing ("The Prism"),[e]The former is the original patriarch of the Van Helsing family who managed to previously trap the Dark One, and the latter is Abraham's brother, who was turned into a vampire by Hansen, and who later become the third vampire elder who Vanessa...
Syfy acquired Van Helsing from Nomadic Pictures in November 2015, with a 13-episode order beginning production in January 2016, and a series premiere scheduled for Fall 2016. On October 14, 2016, Syfy renewed Van Helsing for a 13-episode second season, which premiered on October 5, 2017. It was revealed during San Diego Comic-Con 2017 that series star Kelly Overton was pregnant during the production of the second season of Van Helsing. On December 19, 2017, Syfy renewed Van Helsing for a 13-episode third season, which premiered on October 5, 2018. Syfy renewed the series for a 13-episode fourth season on December 18, 2018. After three seasons, Neil LaBute stepped down as showrunner, with series writer Jonathan Walker taking over as showrunner for season 4. On December 17, 2019, Syfy renewed the series for a fifth and final season.The fifth season premiered on April 16, 2021.
All the episodes in Season 3 were named after songs by Soundgarden. In addition, the penultimate episode's title is the censored version of "Jesus Christ Pose".
Syfy aired a commercial-free preview of the pilot on July 31, 2016;this was followed by the series premiere on September 23, 2016. The series was originally slated to premiere in Canada on Super Channel, but because of Super Channel's ongoing bankruptcy proceedings, the series was ultimately dropped from their schedule and instead premiered on Netflixon December 23, 2016.
The series' pilot episode received 4.5 stars from Den of Geek. In his review of Van Helsing, Keith Uhlich of The Hollywood Reporterwrote: "It's pretty good... or is at least, to quote that old critic's saw, 'better than it has any right to be'."
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