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Dracula character
Abraham Van Helsing
Gender Male
Ethnicity Dutch
Occupation Doctor / vampire hunter
Allies Jonathan Harker
Quincey Morris
John Seward
Arthur Holmwood
Mina Harker
Enemies Count Dracula
Renfield
First appearance Dracula
Created by Bram Stoker

Professor Abraham Van Helsing is a fictional character and a protagonist from Bram Stoker's 1897 novel, Dracula.

Van Helsing is a Dutch doctor with a wide range of interests and accomplishments, partly attested by the string of letters that follows his name: "M.D., D.Ph., D.Litt., etc." The character is best known as a vampire hunter, and the arch-enemy of Count Dracula.

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Name

The typically Dutch prefix "van" gives the name a Dutch appearance. The character however uses German words instead of Dutch, such as "mein Gott" and "toll", which translate in English to "my God" and "great" respectively. At the time, German was a lingua franca throughout most of northern and central continental Europe, including the Nordic countries and Transylvania, a fact Stoker uses in the story when Van Helsing's friend Jonathan Harker and the locals of Transylvania talk to each other using German.

The character shares the same first name, Abraham, as the character's creator, Abraham "Bram" Stoker and his father, Abraham Stoker Senior.

Dracula

In the novel, Van Helsing is called in by his former student, Dr. John Seward, to assist with the mysterious illness of Lucy Westenra. Van Helsing's friendship with Seward is based in part upon an unknown prior event in which Van Helsing suffered a grievous wound and Seward saved his life by sucking out the gangrene. It is Van Helsing who first realizes that Lucy is the victim of a vampire and he guides Dr. Seward and his friends in their efforts to save Lucy.

In the novel, from the annotations of Leonard Wolf, it is mentioned that Van Helsing had a son who died. Van Helsing says that his son, had he lived, would have had a similar appearance to another character, Arthur Holmwood. Consequently, Van Helsing developed a particular fondness of Holmwood. Van Helsing's wife went insane after their son's death, but as a devout Catholic, he refuses to divorce her. ("with my poor wife dead to me, but alive by Church's law, though no wits, all gone, even I, who am faithful husband to this now-no-wife...")

Van Helsing is one of the few characters in the novel who is fully physically described in one place. In chapter 14, Mina describes him as:

a man of medium weight, strongly built, with his shoulders set back over a broad, deep chest and a neck well balanced on the trunk as the head is on the neck. The poise of the head strikes me at once as indicative of thought and power. The head is noble, well-sized, broad, and large behind the ears. The face, clean-shaven, shows a hard, square chin, a large resolute, mobile mouth, a good-sized nose, rather straight, but with quick, sensitive nostrils, that seem to broaden as the big bushy brows come down and the mouth tightens. The forehead is broad and fine, rising at first almost straight and then sloping back above two bumps or ridges wide apart, such a forehead that the reddish hair cannot possibly tumble over it, but falls naturally back and to the sides. Big, dark blue eyes are set widely apart, and are quick and tender or stern with the man's moods.

Van Helsing's personality is described by John Seward, his former student, thus:

He is a seemingly arbitrary man, this is because he knows what he is talking about better than any one else. He is a philosopher and a metaphysician, and one of the most advanced scientists of his day, and he has, I believe, an absolutely open mind. This, with an iron nerve, a temper of the ice-brook, and indomitable resolution, self-command, and toleration exalted from virtues to blessings, and the kindliest and truest heart that beats, these form his equipment for the noble work that he is doing for mankind, work both in theory and practice, for his views are as wide as his all-embracing sympathy.[1]

In addition to this, Van Helsing has a well-developed, albeit ironic, sense of humor. When Arthur Holmwood mournfully proclaims that the transfusion of his blood into the dying Lucy Westenra made her truly his bride, Van Helsing laughs and tells Jack Seward that if such is the case, both Van Helsing and Lucy are guilty of adultery. Arthur was not alone in donating blood; Seward, his friend Quincey Morris, and Van Helsing himself have done it as well; Van Helsing also notes that although his wife is insane, the Catholic Church considers his wife to still be alive.

Adaptations of the novel have tended to play up Van Helsing's role as the vampire expert, sometimes to the extent that it is depicted as his major occupation. In the novel, however, Dr. Seward is unaware of this side of his old friend, and requests Van Helsing's assistance simply because Lucy's affliction has him baffled and Van Helsing "knows as much about obscure diseases as any one in the world."

Count Dracula, having acquired ownership of England’s Carfax Abbey through solicitor Jonathan Harker, moved to the abbey and began menacing England. His victims included Lucy Westernra, who lived in Whitby. The aristocratic girl has suitors such as John Seward, Arthur Holmwood, and Quincey Morris, and has a best friend in Mina Murray, Jonathan Harker’s fiancée. Seward, who worked as a doctor in an insane asylum — where one of the patients, the incurably mad Renfield, secretly serves Dracula — contacts Van Helsing about Lucy Westernra’s peculiar loss of blood. Van Helsing, recognizing the mark of the vampire, tries to save Lucy, but she dies and returns as a vampire. Eventually, Van Helsing and a heartbroken Arthur destroy the vampiric Lucy.

Van Helsing and his band of vampire hunters pursue Dracula back to Transylvania. There, they chase him down the Borgo Pass and corner him. Armed with knives, Jonathan Harker and Quincey Morris slit Dracula's throat and impale his heart. Dracula's body then crumbles to dust.

Later, Van Helsing takes a grandfatherly role in regard to the young Quincey Harker, Jonathan and Mina's son.

Film adaptations

Notable actors to have portrayed Van Helsing in film adaptations of Dracula include:

Nosferatu (1922)

Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror was an unauthorised film version of Dracula. Although it followed the same basic plot as the novel, names were changed: Van Helsing is Professor Bulwer and appears only in a few scenes. Unlike the book, he is a friend of Thomas Hutter (the film's version of Jonathan Harker) before he meets Count Orlok (a renamed Count Dracula) and never meets the vampire face to face.

Hammer films

Cushing's character in the Hammer movies may not have had the first name "Abraham" as his case reads J. Van Helsing, as seen in The Brides of Dracula. In the series of Hammer Dracula films set in the 1970s, the character of Van Helsing is named Lawrence Van Helsing and is seen in the prologue (set in 1872) of Dracula AD 1972. These movies had Dracula being resurrected in the 1970s only to meet Lawrence's grandson, Lorrimar Van Helsing, a "different" vampire hunter also played by Cushing.

In The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires Cushing plays the original Van Helsing from the Hammer series. The film is set during 1904. Since Horror of Dracula was set in 1885, a 19 year gap between the settings corresponds roughly with the 16 year gap between the films, and the consequent difference in Cushing's appearance matches the ageing Van Helsing would have undergone. However, the character is identified as Lawrence Van Helsing on the LP record of the movie, narrated by Peter Cushing and released to tie-in with the film's opening.

Dracula 2000

Christopher Plummer portrayed Professor Abraham Van Helsing in Dracula 2000 (he had previously appeared as a rather ineffective vampire hunter, Professor Paris Catalano, in Vampire in Venice). After defeating Count Dracula (Gerard Butler), Van Helsing finds that the vampire lord cannot die in the conventional means of destroying a vampire and he only succeeded in paralysing him in a death-like state. Knowing that Dracula would inevitably rise again, Van Helsing imprisoned the vampire beneath his Carfax Abbey estate and used his blood to prolong his life to find the means to destroy the immortal. His campaign against Dracula was noted by Bram Stoker, whom everyone believed that the writer wrote the fictional story which has a character sharing the same name as the professor. Since prolonging his life, the professor forced to hiding his true identity as his own descendants to explain his uncanny resemblance to the Dutch doctor from 19th century, eventually under the identity as his own grandson, Matthew. As a result of his daily injections with Dracula's blood, Van Helsing passed the traits to his daughter Mary (Justine Waddell), whom he fathered with a modern 20th century woman. His wife discovered his true identity and his horrific mission, and left him with Mary in fear of her husband and Dracula. Nevertheless, despite of allowing himself to distance from his family for the benefits of his purpose, Van Helsing tracked his wife and daughter. He also formed a surrogate father/son relationship with his assistant, Simon Sheppard (Jonny Lee Miller), as a mean to ease his pain of missing his daughter. His wife eventually died in New Orleans, a United States city located in the state of Louisiana, where Mary attends college.

In 2000, Dracula finally escapes after a group of thieves steals his silver coffin from Van Helsing. The professor knows that Dracula can sense his daughter's existence, and heads to New Orleans to save her. Dracula, and his newly turned vampire consorts (Jennifer Esposito, Jeri Ryan, and Colleen Fitzpatrick) kill the professor after he arrives at his wife's house, and his body is found by his daughter after she returns home. Simon, who was with his mentor, finds Mary and tell her of her father’s secrets and why Dracula hunts her.

Together, Mary and Simon defeat Dracula and his consorts. Mary and Simon return to London and imprison Dracula once more at Carfax Abbey, and Mary vows to continue her father's mission.

Van Helsing (2004)

Hugh Jackman played Gabriel Van Helsing, the eponymous hero of Van Helsing (2004), loosely based on Bram Stoker's character. The name was changed from "Abraham" to "Gabriel" for two reasons: because the writer/director/producer, Stephen Sommers, did not feel that "Abraham" was an appropriate name for an action hero, and because Universal wanted copyright privileges to the character. The name change is accounted for in the story of the film, in which it is implied that Gabriel Van Helsing is actually the Archangel Gabriel in human form. Evidence supporting this implication include Gabriel's memories of participating in ancient battles (including fighting the Romans at Masada in 73 A.D. — although this was in fact a siege as opposed to a pitched battle), references to him as the "Left Hand of God" (traditionally an epithet of the angel Gabriel), and, according to the film's novelization, a triangular scar on his back (a possible indication that he once had wings). As a man, Gabriel hunts monsters for the Catholic Church, and in the movie is sent to Transylvania to kill Count Dracula. When he arrives, Dracula tells Gabriel that they have already met and have quite a history together. In the video game adaptation of the movie, it is suggested that they once fought for the same side, but eventually parted ways for an unknown reason. At the movie's climax, Dracula reveals that it was Gabriel who killed him, leading him to make a Faustian bargain and become a vampire. This ironic twist makes Gabriel Van Helsing the inadvertent creator of his own archnemesis.

Although it received mixed reviews, the film grossed over $120 million in the U.S. and more than $300 million worldwide.

Appearances in comics/manga

The Tomb of Dracula

Dracula and Rachel Van Helsing: The Tomb of Dracula #40 (Jan. 1976). Art by Gene Colan and Tom Palmer.

Abraham Van Helsing was also portrayed in the The Tomb of Dracula Marvel Comics series, which was based on the characters of Bram Stoker's novel, but the chronology slightly differs from Bram Stoker's.

His first appearance is in Dracula Lives #3, in which a first encounter between a younger Van Helsing and Dracula is set up. A few days after marrying a woman named Elizabeth, lawyers informed Van Helsing that he had inherited land from a distant relative in Wallachia. Traveling to Romania, Van Helsing had a long conference with some lawyers in Bistritz. Elizabeth went ahead to the manor to set it up for the night.

One lawyer whom Van Helsing talked to had a collection of Hun and Magyar artifacts, and Van Helsing lost track of the time studying them. When he arrived at the manor, he found his wife missing, but did discover several corpses, with "XXX" burned underneath bite marks on their necks. Armed with a gun from his brother Boris, who lived in the U.S., Van Helsing left, frantic.

Returning to Bistritz, a frenzied Van Helsing discovered the existence of the Children of Judas, a vampire coven that served Dracula. He also discovered the location of the Grand Sabbath of the vampires. (Van Helsing assumed that the Children of Judas were human, and merely occultists rather than vampires.) He went there, and found Elizabeth bound on an altar with thirteen Children of Judas and Dracula present.

Armed, Van Helsing opened fire with normal bullets — only to see them have no effect. A group of priests and soldiers saved him, but they could not save Elizabeth. Van Helsing refused to allow Elizabeth’s corpse to be beheaded or staked. Reluctantly, they allowed Van Helsing to bury Elizabeth in the manorial vault — but informed him of what to do in three days. Standing watch in the vault, Van Helsing saw her return as a vampire. He destroyed her, and swore revenge against Dracula, setting the stage for his role in Stoker's novel.

In the twentieth century, Dracula, having undergone many deaths and returns over the years since his struggles with Van Helsing, traveled back in time to the 19th century via an enchanted mirror, attempting to prevent his destruction at the hands of Van Helsing. Instead of arriving before the staking, however, he arrived after, but still tried to kill Van Helsing. However, Van Helsing had left the area of the Borgo Pass and Castle Dracula.

Dracula killed a young woman, and villagers stormed Castle Dracula. Dracula repulsed them, and then discovered that Frank Drake, one of his descendants, and Rachel Van Helsing, Abraham's great-granddaughter, had followed him from the 20th century. Determined to destroy Abraham Van Helsing, Dracula had a subordinate vampire named Lenore battle Drake and Rachel as he sought to find Abraham Van Helsing.

Dracula discovered Abraham Van Helsing’s lodgings elsewhere in Romania. Stunned and confused as he had just driven the stake through (the native temporal counterpart of) Dracula’s heart a short time ago, Van Helsing was unprepared to face the 20th century Dracula. However, Rachel Van Helsing saved her great-grandfather, forcing Dracula to flee. Dracula escaped back into the time stream, with Frank Drake, Rachel Van Helsing, and their ally Taj Nital in pursuit.

Abraham Van Helsing then trained Mina and Jonathan Harker’s son, Quincey, in vampire lore, but in 1899, thinking that by staking Dracula he had destroyed him for good, he received a rude surprise when Dracula returned years later and killed him.

Hellsing

Abraham Van Helsing has also made a cameo appearance in the Japanese manga Hellsing. The first time he appeared in one of Alucard´s dreams, Van Helsing made many allusions to Dracula when referring to Alucard e.g. "So what are you going to do now, No Life King?". At the end of this dream, Alucard seems to cry blood. The second time Van Helsing appeared as a silhouette after Alucard transforms into the "Count", this last one is the most direct reference to the novel in the manga, since this time besides Van Helsing, Alucard mentions Quincey Morris, Arthur Holmwood and Dr. Seward, although, mysteriously, not Jonathan Harker. He appeared for a third time in a flashback showing Alucard's previous deaths.

Apocalypse vs. Dracula

In the Marvel Comics miniseries X-Men: Apocalypse vs. Dracula, Van Helsing joins forces with the immortal mutant Apocalypse and his worshipers, Clan Akkaba, in order to destroy Dracula, their common enemy. It is noted that Van Helsing had encountered Apocalypse before and previously believed him a vampire. Even despite doing things that angered the mutant, Apocalypse allowed Van Helsing to live, in the end, as he knew that Van Helsing had aided him in his creed.

Fangland

In Fangland by John Marks, the re-imagined Van Helsing is split into two separate characters, namely Clementine Spence and Austen Trotta.

Martin Mystère

In Italian comic book Martin Mystère, Van Helsing's name is Richard. He became a vampire after being bitten by one, and after destroying Dracula, he came to London, to solve the case of Jack the Ripper. He discovered that the killer was in fact an ancient mythical force, divided into several knives, which forced their holders to kill. Van Helsing has found one knife and this was destroyed by Sherlock Holmes. Afterwards, Van Helsing went in search of other knives, and emigrated to USA after World War I. In 1990s he helped Martin Mystère and Java to find one knife and he personally destroyed the demon in the knife. Before he continued his search for other knives, Van Helsing revealed his vampire nature to Martin and Java.

Media involving descendants of Van Helsing

In addition to adaptations of Dracula itself, there have been numerous works of fiction depicting descendants of Van Helsing carrying on the family tradition.

Comics

  • The comic book series, The Tomb of Dracula featured Rachel van Helsing, granddaughter of Abraham, as a major member of the principal hunters. Minor characters were Abraham's wife Elizabeth and his brother Boris.
  • In the manga and anime, Hellsing, modern day descendant Integra Hellsing leads a British government strike force against supernatural menaces. The story also includes her father Arthur and uncle Richard.
  • The DC comic Night Force features Abraham's granddaughter Vanessa Van Helsing.
  • Sword of Dracula is a comic book with Veronica "Ronnie" Van Helsing.
  • Helsing (not to be confused with Hellsing) is a Caliber Comics title about a Samantha Helsing and a John Van Helsing.

Movies

Television

  • A humorous British TV series, Young Dracula, featured Mr. Eric Van Helsing — presumably the descendant of his more famous predecessor, though with none of his competence — trying to exterminate Count Dracula and his children, who had been chased out of Transylvania by an angry mob and were now living in rural Wales. Eric lives in a travel trailer with his son Jonathan. There are also references made to previous Van Helsing vampire slayers, such as Manly, Porphyria, Abraham III and Norris.
  • The 2009 ITV series Demons follows a modern-day teenage descendant of Van Helsing.
  • In Tales of the Slayer story "House of the Vampire", part of an unofficial series of short stories based on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Peter Van Helsing (cousin to Abraham) is a Watcher (an advisor and trainer of vampire Slayers.) Within the Buffy canon, Dracula is a real vampire but a charlatan and Van Helsing is unmentioned.

Books and Stories

  • The short story Abraham's Boys by Joe Hill is about the retired Abraham von Helsing and his two sons, and how he passes along his knowledge to them...
  • The short story "Fantasy Room" by Adam-Troy Castro takes the form of an unmailed letter from van Helsing to his immortal nemesis, Dracula, shortly before their final confrontation.
  • The short story "Immortal Hunters" by Suz deMello features John Van Helsing as a reluctant vampire.
  • According to The Vampire Hunter's Handbook, Abraham was not the first Van Helsing to encounter vampires. The book is supposedly written by Raphael Van Helsing in the eighteenth century. It has also been prequeled by The Demon Hunter's Handbook by Abelard Van Helsing (sixteenth century) and The Dragon Hunter's Handbook by Adelia Vin Helsin (fourteenth century). The supposed writers refer to each other (in the cases where it makes sense) and other Van Helsings.
  • Similar to the above mentioned handbooks is Vampyre: The Terrifying Lost Journal which is written by Mary-Jane Knight but credited to dr Cornelius Van Helsing. The book implies that Cornelius is the brother of Abraham.

Audiobooks

  • Faith - The Van Helsing Chronicles is a German series of audiobooks by Simeon Hrissonmallis.[3] The main character is Faith van Helsing, daughter of Adam and Melissa van Helsing. Other van Helsings mentioned include Michael, John and Samuel.

Parodies and homages

Parodies of Dracula usually include a Van Helsing character. In many cases he gets to keep his name, but in others the name is changed as a part of the parodizing. Examples of this are Dr. Von Goosewing from the Cosgrove Hall Films TV-series and the Marvel comic Count Duckula.

The character is paid homage in many stories involving vampires, most often as a source of information about how to destroy them; such as Matt Burke in 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King.

This carries through even to roleplaying games. The Dungeons & Dragons Ravenloft campaign setting, which pits heroes against various gothic horror villains, features a prominent character named Rudolph van Richten, a physician and monster-slayer who is clearly modeled after Van Helsing. Elements of various movie depictions of Van Helsing are incorporated into the character, who is the "author" of various sourcebooks detailing iconic creatures such as vampires, werewolves, mummies, ghosts, and similar monsters.

In the film Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Peter Bretter's Dracula musical using puppets features Van Helsing in a prominent role.

References

External links


Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Van Helsing is a 2004 action / horror film about demon hunter Van Helsing who must team up with the last Gypsy princess, Anna Valerioius, to kill Dracula and his brides.

Written and directed by Stephen Sommers.
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Gabriel Van Helsing

  • Vampires, gargoyles, warlocks, they're all the same — best when cooked well.
  • To have memories of those you have loved and lost is perhaps harder than to have no memories at all.
  • [About Frankenstein's monster] My life, my job, is to vanquish evil. I can... I can sense evil. This thing— man— whatever it is— evil may have created it, may have left its mark on it— but evil does not rule it. So I cannot kill it.
  • I'll save you! I swear to God!
  • [after cutting off Mr Hyde's arm] I'll bet that's upsetting.

Count Vladislaus Dracula

  • [To Dr. Frankenstein] A pity your moment of triumph is being spoilt over a little thing like grave robbery.
  • You can't kill me, Victor. I'm already dead.
  • Why can't they just leave us alone? We never kill more than our fill. And less than our share. Can they say the same?
  • I have no heart! I feel no love... nor fear... nor joy... nor sorrow! I am hollow. And I will live... forever.
  • I'm at war with the world and every living soul in it!... But soon the final battle will begin.
  • [Clapping his hand like a heartbeat] I can tell the character of a man by the sound of his heartbeat. Usually when I approach... I can almost dance to the beat… Strange that yours is so steady.
  • Welcome to my summer place.
  • Allow me to reintroduce myself. I am Count Vladislaus Dracula. Born 1422. Murdered 1462.
  • You are being used, Gabriel! As was I. But I escaped. So can you.
  • [fighting Gabriel] Don't you understand?! We could be friends! Partners! Brothers-in-arms!
  • Did I mention that it was you who murdered me? It must be such a burden... such a curse... to be the Left Hand of God. All I want is life, Gabriel. The continuation of my kind. And perhaps... [shows his hand, which Gabriel cut a finger from] the return of my ring.
  • Is this your silver stake?
  • Ladies and gentleman, I give to you, VAN HELSING!

Anna Valerious

  • I hope you have a heart, Aleera, because someday I'm going to drive a stake through it.
  • He's the first one to kill a vampire in over a hundred years. I'd say that's earned him a drink.
  • (to Aleera, who has been constantly saying she'll kill Anna and has just been stabbed by Anna) I think if you're going to kill somebody, kill them, don't stand around talking about it.
  • (Dancing with Count Dracula) I won't let you trade me, Count.

Carl

  • A vampire is nothing like a warlock. My granny could kill a warlock.
  • But I don't want to go to Transylvania!
  • The air around here is thick with envy...
  • Actually, I'm still just a friar, so I can curse all I want. Dammit!
  • (after Velkan in his werewolf form came in during a rainstorm) Why does it smell like wet dog in here?
  • Do we have a plan? I mean, it doesn't have to be Wellington's at Waterloo, but some kind of plan would be nice.
  • [To Frankenstein's monster] Where are you going to go? I don't know if you've looked in the mirror lately, but you kind of stick out in a crowd.
  • How many commandments can we break in one day?
  • If there's one thing I've learned, it's never to be the first one to stick your hand in a viscous material.
  • (Aleera has just been horribly burned by the material holding the werewolf cure) Viscous material! What did I tell you?
  • I know what it's for! I know what it's for! (sees Van Helsing and Anna running towards him, about to jump out of the stained glass window behind him.) Where are we going?

Others

  • Cardinal Jinette: We have kept mankind safe since time immemorial, we are the last defense against evil. An evil that the rest of mankind has no idea even exists.
  • Top Hat: [after Van Helsing kills Marishka] Vampires only kill what they need to survive - one or two people a month. Now they will kill for revenge.
  • Frankenstein's monster: I am the key, to my father's machine. The key to life.
  • Frankenstein's monster: [in a carriage] By exposing me, you have condemned me! ME AND ALL OF HUMANITY! [Anna shuts the door on him]
  • Verona: I can feel fresh blood rushing through her veins!
  • Aleera: Tch, tch, tch, so much trouble to my Master. So much trouble.
  • Aleera: You can't go until I say you can go. And I say you can go when you're dead!
  • Marishka: Too bad, so sad.
  • Mr. Hyde: [grabbing cord from grappling hook Van Helsing shot through him, then tried to pull him off the church with] My turn!
  • Mr. Hyde: [on top of church, grabs Van Helsing] I think you'll find the view here rather spectacular! [dangles Van Helsing from church roof, laughing maniacally] It's been a pleasure knowing you. Au revoir! [drops him]
Van Helsing: All right Carl, what have you learned.
Carl: That Count Dracula was actually the son of Valerious the Elder. The son of your ancestor.
Anna Valerious: Everybody knows that, what else?
Carl: All right. well according to this rubbing, it all started when Dracula was murdered.
Van Helsing: Do you know who murdered him?
Carl: No, it's just some vague reference to the Left Hand of God. And in 1462 when Dracula died, he made a covenant with the Devil.

(Shows the picture of Dracula and the Devil touching each other finger)

Van Helsing: And he's given a new life.
Anna Valerious: But the only way he could sustain that life is by drinking the blood of others.
Carl: Uh, excuse me. Are you going to let me tell the story?
Both: Sorry.
Carl: And your ancestor having sired this evil creature went to Rome to seek forgiveness. That's when the bargain was made, he was to kill Dracula in return for eternal salvation of his entire family right down the line all the way to you.
Anna Valerious: But he couldn't do it. As evil Dracula was, my ancestor couldn't kill his own son.
Carl: So he banished him to an icy fortress, sending him to a door for which there is no return.
Anna Valerious: And then the Devil gave him wings.
Carl: Yes.
Van Helsing: All right.So where is this door?
Carl: I don't know. But when your ancestor couldn't kill his son. He left clues, so that future generations might do it for him.
Anna Valerious: That must be what my father was looking for in here. Clues to the door's location.
Van Helsing: The door, of course. You said your father spent hours staring at this painting trying to find Dracula's lair. I think you were right, quite literally. I think this is the door, he just didn't know how to open it.

(They arrive at the map painting)

Carl: (pointing at the Latin inscription) Look, the Latin inscription maybe it was like that painting in the tower.
Anna Valerious: If this were a door, my father would've open it long ago.

(Carl finds out the piece of the inscription is missing)

Carl: I can't finish the inscription, there's a piece missing.

(Van Helsing has the script that the cardinal gave him)

Van Helsing: Your father didn't have this.
Anna Valerious: Where did you get that?
Van Helsing: Carl, finish it.

(Carl puts the final piece and translates the inscription)

Van Helsing: In the name of God, open this door.

Dialogue

Dr. Frankenstein: [after hearing Dracula's plan] Good God. I would kill myself before helping in such a task.
Dracula: Feel free. I don't actually need you anymore, Victor. [looking at the Monster] I just need him... he is the key.
Dr. Frankenstein: I could never allow him to be used for such evil!
Dracula: I could. In fact, my brides are insisting upon it.

Mr. Hyde: You're a big one. You'll be hard to digest.
Van Helsing: I'd hate to be such a nuisance. I missed you in London.
Mr Hyde: [chuckles] No, you bloody did not! [shows a hole in his arm] You got me good.
Van Helsing: Dr Jekyll, you are wanted by the Knights of the Holy Order...
Mr Hyde: It's Mr Hyde now!
Van Helsing: ...for the murder of twelve men, six women--
Mr Hyde: [bored] ... four children, three goats, and a rather nasty massacre of poultry. So, you're the great Van Helsing.
Van Helsing: And you're a deranged psychopath.
Mr Hyde: We all have our little problems. [eats his cigar]
Van Helsing: My superiors would like for me to take you alive, so that they may extricate your better half.
Mr Hyde: I bet they bloody would.
Van Helsing: Personally, I'd rather just kill you and call it a day. But let's make it your decision, shall we?
Mr Hyde: Mmm, do let's! [knocks Van Helsing across the room]

Van Helsing: Bless me, father, for I have...
Cardinal Jinette: ...sinned, yes, I know. You are very good at that. [Van Helsing winces] You shattered the Rose Window.
Van Helsing: Well, not to split hairs, sir, but it was Mr Hyde who did the shattering.
Cardinal Jinette: 13th century. Over six hundred years old. I wish you a week in hell for that.
Van Helsing: It would be a nice reprieve.
Cardinal Jinette: Don't get me wrong, your results are unquestionable, but your methods attract far to much attention. Wanted posters! We are not pleased!
Van Helsing: Do you think I like being the most wanted man in Europe? Why don't you and the order do something about it?
Cardinal Jinette: Because we do not exist.
Van Helsing: Well then nether do I. [stands to leave]

[Cardinal presses a switch, a portcullis lowers, trapping Van Helsing in the confessional]

Cardinal Jinette: When we found you crawling up the steps of this church, half dead, it was clear to all of us that you had been sent to do God's work.
Van Helsing: Why can't He do it Himself?
Cardinal Jinette: Don't blaspheme! You already lost your memory as a punishment for past sins.

Cardinal Jinette: And now, we need you to go to the East. To the far side of Romania, a accursed land terrorized by all sorts of nightmarish creatures, lorded over by a certain Count Dracula. (shows a picture of Dracula)
Van Helsing: Dracula?
Cardinal Jinette: Yes. You've never faced one like this before. (shows an image of a man in knight's armour) Our story begins 450 years ago, when a Transylvanian knight named Valerious the Elder promised God that his family would never rest nor enter Heaven... until they vanquished Dracula from their land. They have not succeeded, and they are running out of family. (shows another image) His descendant, Boris Valerious, King of the Gypsies. He disappeared almost 12 months ago. (shows another two images of a young man and woman) His only son, Prince Velkan, and his daughter, Princess Anna... If the two of them are killed before Dracula is vanquished, nine generations of their family will never enter the gates of St. Peter. For more than four centuries, this family has defended our elect flank. They gave their lives. We cannot let them slip into Purgatory.
Van Helsing: So you're sending me into Hell.
Cardinal Jinette: In a manner.
(a monk gives the cardinal a script)
Cardinal Jinette: Valerious the Elder left this here 400 years ago, we don't know its purpose. But he would not have left it lightly. The Latin inscripton translates as: "In the name of God, open this door". There's a insignia.

(Van Helsing looks at his ring and has the same symbol as the script)

Cardinal Jinette: Yes, it matches your ring. I think that in Transylvania you may find the answer you seek.

Carl: Well, did you bring Mr. Hyde back or did you kill him? [sees that Van Helsing is alone] You killed him, didn't you? That's why they get so annoyed! When they ask you to bring someone back, they don't mean as a corpse.

[Van Helsing keeps walking]

Carl: Well, you're in a mood! Not to worry, got just the thing to put the bit back in your teeth. [Van Helsing stops to look at a rack of swords.] Oh, any idiot can make a sword!
Blacksmith Monk: Hey! [holding glowing sword tip at Carl's face]
Carl: S-S-Sorry, Father...
Van Helsing: [shaking his head] Come along, Carl.

[Carl shows Van Helsing his new invention, a gas-powered crossbow]

Carl: A work of certifiable genius.
Van Helsing: If you don't say so yourself.
Carl Well, I did say so myself.

Carl: You've never gone after vampires before, have you?
Van Helsing: Vampires, gargoyles, warlocks, they're all the same! Best when cooked well.
Carl: No, no, no, they're not all the same. A vampire is nothing like a warlock. My granny could kill a warlock.
Van Helsing: Carl, you've never even been out of the abbey, how do you know about vampires?
Carl: I read. [Van Helsing shrugs] Now, here's something new. Glyerin-48. [flicks a drop of nitroglycerin, blowing up some crates and startling the other monks.] Sorry! Sorry!
Monk: What in the name of Allah is wrong with you?!?
Van Helsing: [picking up a flask on Carl's workbench.] What's this?
Carl: Careful with that! [Van Helsing teasingly keeps it out of reach] I've been working on that for seven years! It's compressed magma from Mt. Vesuvius mixed with alkali from the Gobi Desert. [wrests the flask from Van Helsing] One of a kind.
Van Helsing: What's it for?
Carl: I don't know, but I'm sure it'll come in handy.
Van Helsing: Seven years and you don't know what it does?
Carl: I didn't say that. I said I don't know what it's for, what it does is produce a light source equal to the intensity of the sun.
Van Helsing: What good is that?
Carl: I don't know, you could blind your enemies, charbroil a herd of charging wildebeast... use your imagination!
Van Helsing: No, I'm going to use yours. That's why you're coming with me.
Carl: The hell be damned, I am.
Van Helsing: Carl, you cursed. Not very well, mind you, but you're a monk. You shouldn't curse at all.
Carl: Actually, I'm still just a friar, so I can curse all I want. Dammit!
Van Helsing: The Cardinal has ordered you to keep me alive. [He tosses Carl a bag of weapons.] For as long as possible.
Carl: But I'm not a field man! [Whining] Van Helsing, I don't want to go to Transylvania!!

Carl: So what do you remember?
Van Helsing: Not now, Carl. [keeping his eyes on the villagers who are looking increasingly hostile]
Carl: Surely you remember something.
Van Helsing: I remember fighting the Romans at Masada.
Carl: That was in 73 AD?
Van Helsing: You asked.

Carl: What are we doing here? Why is it so important to kill this Dracula anyway?
Van Helsing: Because he's the son of the Devil.
Carl: I mean besides that.
Van Helsing: Because if we kill him, anything bitten by him or created will also die.
Carl: I mean besides that.

Anna Valerious: Some say you're a murderer, Mr. Van Helsing. Others say you're a holy man. Which is it?
Van Helsing: It's a bit of both, I think.

Anna Valerious: We Transylvanians always look on the brighter side of death.
Van Helsing: There's a brighter side of death?
Anna Valerious: Yes. It's just harder to see.

Van Helsing: He's a werewolf, he's gonna kill people!
Anna Valerious: It's not his fault! He can't help it!
Van Helsing: I know, but he's gonna do it anyway!

Velkan: I would rather die than help you!
Dracula: Oh, don't be boring. Everyone who says that dies.

Village Woman: [Carl has just saved her from one of Dracula's children] How can I ever repay you?
Carl: [whispers something in her ear]
Village Woman: But you can't do that! You are a monk!
Carl: Well, actually, I'm still just a friar. [Village woman smiles]

Anna Valerious: A silver stake?! A crucifix?! What, did you think we haven't tried everything before?! We've shot him, stabbed him, clubbed him, sprayed him with holy water, staked him through the heart, and still he lives! Do you understand?! No one knows how to kill Dracula.
Van Helsing: ... Well, I could have used that information a little earlier.

Van Helsing: There's something down here. And it's carnivorous. Whatever it is, it appears to be... human. I'd say he's a size 17, about 360 pounds, 8-and-a-half to 9 feet tall. He has a bad gimp in his right leg, and... 3 copper teeth.
Anna Valerious: How do you know he has copper teeth?
Van Helsing: [quickly] Because he's standing right behind you. Move!

Dracula: Igor, why must you torment that thing so?
Igor: It's what I do.
Dracula: Remember, Igor, do unto others...
Igor: ... before they do unto me!

Frankenstein's Monster: [hanging from a rope] Help! Help me!
Carl: But you're supposed to die!
Frankenstein's Monster: I want to live!
Carl:... All right!

Carl: Why does it smell like wet dog in here?
Van Helsing: Werewolf!
Carl: Oh! You'll be needing silver bullets, then.
[he produces a box of bullets and throws them to Van Helsing, rather deftly]
Van Helsing: Well done!

(After Velkan escapes)

Van Helsing:(chokes Anna) Why?!
Anna Valerious: You're choking me!
Van Helsing: Give me a reason not to.
Anna Valerious: I can't. If people knew...
Van Helsing:(let's go of Anna's neck) He's not your brother anymore, Anna!
Anna Valerious: You knew?
Van Helsing: Yes.
Anna Valerious: Before or after I stopped you from shooting him?
Van Helsing: Before.
Anna Valerious: And still you tried to kill him!
Van Helsing: He's a werewolf! He's gonna kill people!
Anna Valerious: He can't help it! It's not his fault!
Van Helsing: I know, but he'll do it anyway!
Anna Valerious: Do you understand forgiveness?
Van Helsing: Yes. I ask for it often.
Anna Valerious: They say Dracula has a cure. If there's a chance I can save my brother! I'm going after it!
Van Helsing: No! I need to find Dracula!
Anna Valerious: And I need to find my brother! He gave his life for me, he's the only family I have left. I despise Dracula more than you can ever imagine. He has taken everything from me, leaving me alone in this world.
Van Helsing: To have memories of those you loved and lost... is perhaps harder than to have no memories at all. All right. We'll look for your brother.

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