Van Helsing

Corrected entry: When Van Helsing slices Mr. Hyde's arm off, there's hardly a drop of blood. This is a major amputation, there should be blood spurting from the stump.

Correction: He cuts off the arm while Jekyll/Hyde is in his mutated form. Since the character is no longer human, human anatomy no longer applies. It's entirely possible Hyde just doesn't bleed (none of the vampires ever bleed even though at one point they were human themselves). Bottom line is if the being in question is longer human, you can throw the rules regarding human blood loss out the window.

Correction: The Left Hand of God is typically the archangel Gabriel, not the Holy Spirit. This is why Dracula refers to Van Helsing as "Gabriel" throughout the film; he is the archangel incarnate. Gabriel and the Holy Spirit are two separate and very different entities in Christian theology.

Corrected entry: When Van Helsing "agrees" to trade Frankenstein for Anna, Aleera tells Van Helsing that there will be a masquerade ball in Budapest. Aleera never tells Van Helsing exactly where in Budapest the ball will be at but Van Helsing and Carl find it with no problem.

Correction: He simply got the information off-screen.


How though? After she delivers the message, she simply flies off. So who could have given the information to him?

Well, it's a "high-society" ball so it's a major event. In addition, remember Van Helsing is acting as the prime agent of a secret order that is implied to be a worldwide organization designed to respond as quick as possible to evil. With those sorts of resources, finding a social event that is likely the "talk of the town" would not be much of a challenge for the world's premiere investigator.

Corrected entry: When the coach is getting ready to take the Frankenstein monster to Rome, Anna says "Nothing is faster than Transylvanian horses - not even a werewolf." Yet during the coach journey, the werewolf attacks the coach. How could it have caught up with them? (I don't think the Brides could have carried it - carrying such a large and heavy creature would have slowed them down too much).

Correction: First off all, believing that the vampire brides were incapable of carrying a werewolf is pure speculation. In fact, earlier in the movie you can see them pick up a cow and throw it through the roof of a building with ease, so carrying a werewolf in human shape should be a breeze. Secondly, it is entirely possible that Anna is boasting when she talks about the speed of the horses. And thirdly, even if the Transilvanian horses are extremely fast normally, Van Helsing wanted Draculas minions to catch up with them - that's why he rigged a trap in one of the coaches. And if we were to start calculating the speed of six horses dragging a heavy coach with one extremely heavy passenger plus some luggage opposed to the speed of an unencumbered solitary werewolf... well, you get the point.


Corrected entry: When Dracula says "And perhaps the devolution of my ring." he shows that one of his fingers has been cut. Dracula's regenerating abilities should have made it grow back.

Correction: If the finger was lost before Dracule got killed and revived as living undead it would have not worked. The healing abilities only cure injuries which were inflicted after changing into a vampire.

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Correction: The finger was not cut off. He simply held it bent at that moment.

He is not bending it. It's missing in that scene. Funny too because he still has that finger in previous scenes.


Yeah, if I recall, they even mention in the commentary that it's technically a mistake since he has all his fingers in every other scene. (I could be wrong though, but I'm pretty sure they bring it up when it happens).


Corrected entry: On some of the film's promotional posters, the city view behind the lead characters shows landmarks of Budapest (the Parliament, the Danube and the Chain Bridge) in front of Dracula's Transylvanian castle.

Correction: Promotional material such as posters, artwork and DVD covers are not considered parts of the film, and as such, these are not movie mistakes.


Corrected entry: Really poor CGI job on the first Dracula Bride's death scene - her face looks pasted on and out of proportion with the rest of her body, even before she starts to disintegrate.


Correction: This would be a great mistake, had it not been that her body was shriveling up before it disintegrated, which is why her head was much bigger than the body. You can tell because for the first portion of the shot, her body is in perfect scale, but shrinks a little bit when she starts to wriggle and scream.

Corrected entry: When Dr. Frankenstein stabs Dracula with the sword, he stabs him from the front, but when Dracula bites him, he pulls the sword out from the back.

Correction: You only see the shadow of him pulling out the sword, but it is plausible that he pulls the sword out from the back, hilt and all, then heals himself.

Corrected entry: When all we see are the shadows on the wall of Igor torturing the werewolf, the electric sparks are visible on the wall coming out of the prod's shadow.

Correction: That was not a shadow on the wall, but rather, a silhouette on the large silky curtains in front of them. So it makes sense we see the bright sparks.

Corrected entry: When Igor falls from the bridge, he doesn't move at all.

Correction: Actually he does, but the shot was framed in such a way that it could give the illusion he is not moving. Watch his legs towards the end, they do kick about a little bit.

Corrected entry: The vampires in this movie are able to move around outside during the day when it is overcast because the clouds are blocking the sun. The fundamental flaw with this is that sunlight can penetrate clouds, or else it would be completely dark when it is cloudy, so these vampires should have been destroyed.

Correction: Many vampire tales allow vampires to move in indirect sunlight, such as the kind that would filter through clouds. Otherwise they would never be able to come outside at all; even moonlight is only reflected sunlight.


Corrected entry: If Velkan knew that a werewolf can kill Dracula, why didn't he kill him? Or at least try, because he really wanted Dracula dead, but he behaved like Dracula's puppet.

Correction: As a werewolf, Velkan has no control over his actions. Anna even mentions to Van Helsing that Dracula has been using werewolves to serve him for a long time. Whenever Velkan becomes a werewolf, he becomes Dracula's servant even though he doesn't want to.

Correction: Velkan didn't know that a werewolf could kill Dracula. When Anna and Van Helsing first met, Anna tells Van Helsing that her family has tried many means of trying to kill Dracula, but to know avail. From hanging, burning, even the stake through the heart. She then says that no one knows how to kill Dracula. This would mean that her brother wouldn't know either. The discovery of how to kill Dracula didn't come until later in the movie.

Corrected entry: In the end of the movie when Frankenstein is paddling away on his raft, why does he have the light on when it's daylight?

Correction: This isn't much of a mistake, since it doesn't affect the outcome of the movie. It was the Frankenstein Monster's own decision to put the light on. My best guess as to why he decided to put it on is that it appeared as though it was sunset and night would soon fall, so maybe he wanted to be ready for it.

Corrected entry: When Anna and Van Helsing are tailing the werewolf, Anna sees some fur hanging on a tree. Anna tells Van Helsing that after the first full moon a person remains a werewolf forever. Earlier in the movie, there is a shadow of a werewolf chained to the wall. Obviously the Velkan werewolf since Velkan had killed the werewolf that bit him. Since this werewolf is Velkan then that means that his first full moon has occurred and he should be trapped in werewolf form up until his death. But when he returns to his home he is seen as a human for just a few seconds, before changing back to a werewolf.

Correction: She didn't mean that you would stay a werewolf forever. She meant that once bitten by a werewolf, you would have the werewolf curse upon you forever.


Except that during the battle with the gray werewolf at the beginning of the movie, it took place during the day so that would mean that anyone who was infected would be a werewolf forever. If not, then the werewolf shouldn't be out during the day.

When Anna and Van Helsing go to Frankenstein's castle, Anna sees Velkan strapped to the machine. As she tries to free him, he turns into a werewolf and stays one until he is killed by Van Helsing. This shows that anyone infected by lycanthropy becomes a werewolf forever.

Not only that but, when Velkan, as a werewolf is chasing Van Helsing, Anna and Carl, the entire chase happens during the day and he doesn't become human again until he's killed.

Corrected entry: After Dracula kills Dr. Frankenstein, you can see the blood (Computer generated) on his face "retract" up into his mouth, before he wipes at it with his hand. Mismatched computer effect.

Correction: No, Dracula is a vampire. Obviously, he has the power to "absorb" blood into his body without having to use the undignified approach of licking himself.


Correction: Hyde's bullet wound is there during the entire scene. It is just in shadow much of the time.

Corrected entry: The placement of the regions on the map is a bit mixed up: in reality, Budapest was (and is) to the Northwest of Transylvania, not to the Southwest. To reach the Vatican by starting off South from Transylvania would be more than a five hundred mile detour. (01:11:40)

Correction: We never see a "key" on the map, so for all we know, the map is just being displayed as if upside-down, so the blood-trickling effect would work.

Corrected entry: When Verona rips the side off of the coach, there is nothing inside, yet in a few shots later, she sees a bundle of stakes attached to explosives. (01:14:05)

Correction: The reason we didn't see any stakes in the first shot is because we didn't see the floor of the carriage, which is where the stakes were stashed. (we only saw the seats in the first shot, it's not until the second shot where we actually see the floor and all of the explosives.

Corrected entry: After Dracula has bitten Dr. Frankenstein, Dracula just drops the body. Based on the way Dracula drops it, the body should have fallen on its side. When the Frankenstein Monster is picking up the body, the body is now lying perfectly straight on the ground with its arms at its sides.

Correction: The body could have bounced. Also, people don't die instantly from blood loss, he might have convulsed or twitched onto his back.

Corrected entry: When Frankenstein's monster falls into the windmill in the beginning, you see a large gear fly up and out at the exact same angle at which Frankenstein just fell. Physically impossible, unless of course the gear was able to somehow move through the creature. And it does NOT have to do with Frankenstein falling into the cave underneath. (00:06:55)

Correction: It might have hit both Frankenstein and the monster on its way up without we noticing it as it all happens below the flaming inferno. Also we can the the wheel come spinning on its way up so it makes sense that they were hit by it instead of 'going through' them.


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Visible crew/equipment: As the camera moves in on the bull that is about to be grabbed by the vampire, if you look under the bull, you can see two men hiding behind it. You can see their legs. They are probably there to keep the bull standing still. When it cuts they are gone. (00:26:05)


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Anna Valerious: You ask a lot of questions.
Van Helsing: Normally I only ask two."What are we dealing with?" and "How do I kill it?"

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Trivia: In the scene with the antidote, when they turn around and one of the vampire brides is hanging upside down behind them, her jaw splits open down the middle, showing a very large, three-sided "mouth". This is exactly the way the 'Reapers' from Blade 2 look, though less pronounced.

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Answer: Gabriel is the true name of the character described elsewhere as the Left Hand of God, responsible for Dracula's original death. Dracula uses this to try to remind Van Helsing of their history together. The implication is that Van Helsing is actually the archangel Gabriel, credited with (among other things) announcing the pending birth of Christ to Mary his mother, Joseph his father, and Elizabeth mother of John the Baptist.


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