Corrected entry: Before the blood transfusion, Van Helsing says, "I've only experimented. Landsteiner's method". The first one of Karl Landsteiner's epochal articles was published in 1900, three years after the movie is set. (00:57:25)


Correction: Landsteiners' groundbreaking work was in compatibility of individual blood groups. Clearly neither van Helsing nor anyone else in the room even considers the blood type of either the donor or the recipient of the blood. Lucy survived the transfusions though sheer luck (either because the donors were of the correct blood types, or because of her new vampiric nature). Van Helsing was talking about some other work of Landsteiner, probably fictional. This may still qualify for a factual error, but it is a different mistake altogether.

Corrected entry: When Jonathan is closing the transactions in Dracula's castle, a huge map of London can seen on the wall. There's a long wideshot where the camera pans along with Dracula's shadow on the map, and every inch of the map is revealed. Then, when Dracula mentions Renfield, Renfield's card, pinned to the map, appears out of nowhere. (00:15:45)


Correction: The shot of Renfield's card is meant to give the audience a visual representation of who he is. The card is not pinned on the map that is shown in the previous shots.


Revealing mistake: Dracula has no reflection, as seen when Jonathan is shaving, and when Dracula buys the newspaper in London. But when he assists Jonathan with the shaving, every time he dips the blade into the water bowl, his red robe can be seen reflected in the bowl. (00:26:40)


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Trivia: When Mina recalls her previous life as Elisabeta, she says she remembers a land beyond a great forest. "Land beyond the forest" is the literal meaning of Transylvania.

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Question: Why would the brides lay out in the open when they slept? After 400 years wouldn't they know better? Also, Are they falling in love with Harker?

Answer: It's unlikely they were falling in love with Harker: they are sadistic, baby-eating monsters who regarded Harker as food and a temporary plaything. As for them sleeping in the open, the local populace dreads and avoids Dracula's castle, so there's hardly any fear of intruders. Van Helsing did enter and kill them, but they reckoned, mistakenly, that he too would be too afraid to do so, especially after their horse-mauling escapades the previous night.

Jukka Nurmi

Answer: They are lesser vampires whose power is tied to Dracula, who in turn is entirely preoccupied with Mina. And as Van Helsing noted, vampires are weak at daytime, further reducing their ability to sense unwanted visitors. And a decapitated vampire, in this universe and most others, is dead and cannot be resurrected, ever.

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