Van Helsing: The Making of the Legend

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From the maker of The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, the long-awaited movie from Universal Pictures (May 2004) starring Hugh Jackman as Van Helsing, the legendary monster hunter born in the pages of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Stephen Sommers, the visionary filmmaker who revived Universal's classic Mummy character in the massive blockbusters The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, breathes new life into the most time-honored pantheon of classic Universal monsters: Dracula, The Frankenstein Monster and The Wolf Man. In Van ...

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From the maker of The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, the long-awaited movie from Universal Pictures (May 2004) starring Hugh Jackman as Van Helsing, the legendary monster hunter born in the pages of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Stephen Sommers, the visionary filmmaker who revived Universal's classic Mummy character in the massive blockbusters The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, breathes new life into the most time-honored pantheon of classic Universal monsters: Dracula, The Frankenstein Monster and The Wolf Man. In Van Helsing, Sommers infuses these screen legends with dimension, characterization and technological wonder in a way that honors their legacy and propels them into the next generation of cinema.

Set in the late 19th century, the film finds fabled monster hunter Van Helsing summoned to a distant European land on a quest to vanquish evil. Starring Hugh Jackman (X2) as Van Helsing and Kate Beckinsale (Underworld, Pearl Harbor) as valiant Anna Valerious, and with awe-inspiring digital effects from Industrial Light & Magic, Van Helsing will thrill moviegoers as they are introduced to worlds never before imagined.

In addition to the complete screenplay, this spectacular Newmarket Pictorial Moviebook features over 150 full-color illustrations, including movie stills, creature and costume sketches, set designs, and special visual effects stills. Sidebars include interviews with the film's cast and crew, and details on the sweeping locations used to create Van Helsing's visionary supernatural world, spanning from 19th century London, Rome, and Paris to Transylvania. 150 color illustrations.

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Writer/director Sommers put an Indiana Jones twist on the horror genre with The Mummy series. In May, he's tackling another horror legend, Bram Stoker's vampire hunter Van Helsing. The film stars Hugh Jackman, who stole both X-Men films as the edgy mutant Wolverine and currently is wowing audiences in the Broadway musical The Boy from Oz. With a hot star, top visual effects, killer costumes, and cool props, this is almost sure to be a hit. Both the hardcover and paperback editions feature the full script plus 150 color illustrations. Sweet! Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557046291
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/4/2004
  • Series: Newmarket Pictorial Moviebook Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Stephen Sommers directed and wrote the screenplays for The Mummy and The Mummy Returns.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2005

    Van Helsing: THE BEST MOVIE EVER!!!!!!!!

    When i first saw the commericals for the coming of Van Helsing, i was freaked beyond my mind. I refused to see it. (Yet I was only 12, I have more knowldege now). But when i saw it, it was trapped in its AWSOMENESS!!! When my mom got it on DVD, i watched it so much that the DVD became really scratched and i had to get another one! This movie is the KING!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2005

    Okay but could have been better.

    'Van Helsing' is one of those films when everything is outstanding. Except the story, the story is more or less a rehash, a marketing tool for the monster movies of the 1930's. I must admit though, I like the werewolf design, but a werewolf is just not enough for this film. I am a big fan of Writter/Directors, because they don't wait for fate to take them. They MAKE their own fate, by making THEIR movies. But Stephen Sommers just has to go to writting school and learn about story telling. 'Van Helsing' has a good idea, but it's poorly written. When I watched,'Van Helsing', I saw an excellent production detail but no 'Quiet Time' to explain them. A 'Quiet Time' is usually when the characters are out of peril and discuss the plot. James Cameron did this DURING the action sequences in 'The Terminator' and 'T2:Judgement Day'. But 'Van Helsing' has very weak character devolpment and the action is non stop. Which gets boring after a long time of action. I felt like 'Van Helsing' could have gotten more critical acclaim and more money to beat it's 148 million dollar budget, if it could work better on it's characters and less on it's stunts and what I like to call, 'Playing with the Toys' phase. 'Playing with the Toys' phase is when you just want use props or visual effects or special effects just for the hell of it. If Stephen Sommers weins himself out of the phase, 'Van Helsing' could have been an outstanding film. But it's just a good one.

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