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Thursday, June 02, 2005

Van Helsing: sad waste of a cool concept

Box Office Prophets hammers, chops, dices, drives a stake through the heart and decapitates Van Helsing, a movie that broke my heart by raising my hopes only to through them off the Notre Dame Cathedral. So much potential, so much squandered. Go read Box Office Prophets take on it.


Blogger HP said...

The biggest mistake Universal ever made was including the promos for Van Helsing on their box sets of Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolfman.

I remember watching them thinking, "Sommers can't possibly be that clueless, can he?" And then Sommers would say something like, "A bat? That's not scary. But what if a bat were really big? Like 12 feet across? Now it's scary[1]. And no one's done that before[2]."

Anyway, that little window into Sommer's colossal cluelessness saved me a whole lotta grief.

1. No, it's just big. Like a giant doorknob or a 10-foot novelty crayon.
2. Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula. Wasn't scary then, either.

6/02/2005 05:38:00 PM  
Blogger Carnacki said...

It's probably unhip to say, but I really liked the Mummy and the Mummy Returns. They were over-the-top fun, sort of like one of the more adventurous Call of Cthulhu adventures I'd throw at the players after an especially dark and brutal campaign. So I had my hopes high for Van Helsing being that kind of fun since it shared much of the same film DNA. What a disappointment. You're absolutely right. Sommers had no faith in the original material so instead of making it dark and scary, he just made it big as if he made the CGI monsters big enough, it could hide the holes and flaws in the story. I could go on, but I'd be typing with trembling, angry fingers.

6/02/2005 07:51:00 PM  

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