Van Helsing

Corrected entry: Throughout the movie, Dracula's 3rd finger on his right appears and disappears.

Correction: When looking closely at Dracula's right hand throughout the movie, you will see that the 3rd finger is always there only until the point when he mentions the ring. In truth, when Dracula shows where his ring WOULD have been, he was only keeping the 3rd finger down to show it. The finger was never really cut off.

Corrected entry: When Van Helsing and Carl are riding through the snow capped mountains, it is obvious that most of the mountains are just a painted set prop.

Correction: All of the shots were either on location, or done with Computer Graphics. There are no set props during the scene.

Corrected entry: At Dracula's castle, Frankenstein's monster was stuck when he swung down and was below the bridge. When the friar released the rope, he swung into the room where Anna was fighting one of the brides. Note that when he swung in, the rope was above the window. This implies that he was below the bridge. When Anna jumped out of the window, she was way above the bridge, the same bridge the friar was on.

Correction: When swinging on a wire, the motion is in a "U" shape. You swing upwards at the end, so it made sense that Frankenstein on the wire would swing back up over the bridge and through the window where Anna was.

Corrected entry: When the Sun is being blocked by a cloud just before the vampire ladies come back out in the village, the shadow of the cloud appears as a defined edge crossing the ground. This would be true for a solid object but clouds are water vapor and gaseous in nature; thus, no defined boundary between dark and light.

Larry Koehn

Correction: When a cloud moves in front of the sun, it is very easy to follow a very much defined line across the ground. This is the edge of the cloud, therefore making this scene correct in its portrayal of the shadow.

Corrected entry: It was a full moon when Anna's brother turned into a Werewolf. It was within a couple of days (at most) of this occurring that Van Helsing strapped the monster into the cart and set off for Bulgaria. Van Helsing gets to Bulgaria, is bitten by a Werewolf, and we CLEARLY hear Carl say that it is "two days" until the next full moon. If you consider that a full-moon occurs every 28 days or so, then it has taken approximately 24-26 days to get from Transylvania to Bulgaria, which by horse and cart is probably fair enough. So how did they get BACK to Frankenstein's tower in Transylvania in LESS than one day? It MUST have been less than a day, otherwise he would have turned into a Werewolf LONG before they got back to the Tower, let alone had enough time to find the secret door and head into Dracula's lair.

Correction: It's never said that they were in Bulgaria when Carl said about it being two days before the next full moon. Given that it only takes them a day to reach the tower, they have obviously returned to Transylvania.

Corrected entry: When Dracula and Van Helsing first meet, Dracula mentions Istanbul. During the time period of the film (1870s), Istanbul would have been called Constantinople.

Correction: While westerners didn't officially adopt the name Istanbul until 1930, the Ottoman Turks started calling it that when they captured it in the 1400's.


Corrected entry: When Van Helsing is in Dracula's castle, there's a shot where there's one of Dracula's ugly assistants moving on the ground behind him. It's actually a crew member moving a fake arm attached to a stick.

Dr Wilson

Correction: It's not a crewmember moving a fake arm, it's really one of Dracula's assistants, with a wrench in his hand.

Dr Wilson

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: In one of the final scenes as Frankenstein's monster is hauled up to the ceiling in Castle Dracula we get a shot of one of Count Dracula's midget helpers operating the winch. It's fitting that he's pushing the crank handle at the bottom of its revolution as the crank is considerably bigger than him and he wouldn't be able to reach high enough to give it a full turn.

Correction: I'm unsure if it is visible in the movie, but in some behind-the-scenes features on the DVD, it shows that the momentum of the crank carries the trolls off the ground, and the weight of the creatures with the momentum causes the crank to finish the revolution. Sort of a comedic and demonic Ommpa-Loompa joke.

Corrected entry: It's not at all overcast when the bride seizes Anna en route to Budapest or when she appears to Van Helsing and co. by the Danube, yet it's already been established that vampires can't move around in sunlight.

Correction: Actually, it is very overcast, I have watched the scene several times, and the sun is not visible at all.

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: When Carl's "solar bomb" goes off, Dracula is still alive even though we see the bright light shining through every one of the windows, and every other vampire (other than one bride) is incinerated by the blast.

Correction: Well we've seen in the film that Dracula isn't a normal vampire. Wooden stakes, crucifixes, holy water etc seem to hurt him, but not kill him (the woman gives a long list of all the methods they've tried to kill him). Dracula could have been seriously hurt by the light (which would explain why he doesn't go out in daylight) but not killed.

Gary O'Reilly

Corrected entry: How come when Valkan was attacked by a werewolf it happened in the morning, but when Valkan turned into one it happened on the night of a full moon?

Correction: It is explained in the movie that after the second full moon, the transformation is permanent, so the one that attacked him transformed two or more full moons ago.


Corrected entry: Two of Dracula's brides have colored hair. The other one has dark hair. We see that the brides with colored hair die (one with holy water, and the other with the stakes from the carriage.) So that would mean that the one with dark hair is left. However, one of the brides with colored hair is the one that tells Van Helsing about the All Hallows Eve Ball. And this happens after those two brides are killed.

Correction: The second bride that is killed (the one with the stakes from the carriage) is the bride with the dark hear, and therefore it is a bride with coloured hair that is left.

Corrected entry: In the confessional, the priest tells Van Helsing the Valerius family's souls can never enter Heaven as long as Dracula is alive. Later in the scene, the priest says "We cannot let their souls fall into Purgatory." Catholic doctrine defines Purgatory as Heaven's penalty box; all souls there get to Heaven eventually.

Correction: Purgatory is the same thing as Limbo and it is possible to be trapped there forever. In that time period it was doctrine that unbaptised children were forever trapped in Purgatory.

Corrected entry: During the scene where Van Helsing and the others are fleeing in the carriages with Frankenstein's monster and are then attacked by the vampire brides and the werewolf, as the werewolf is thrown onto the top of the carriage, the top of the carriage completely envelops in flames. The amount of kerosene in the small lamps that were on the sides of the carriage was not enough to fuel a fire that large. Also, there was no way the fire could be spread to both sides in such a manner.

Correction: It is possible that the top of the carriage was made of canvas that had been treated with paraffin to protect it from the elements. This could be the reason the whole top went up into flames (The lantern was probably a gas burning lamp). A good example of using paraffin to treat canvas is the 1944 Hartford Circus Fire. The tents were weather proofed with a mix of gasoline and paraffin, because the gov't made fire retardant unavailable to use because it was needed for the war. In less than 10 minutes after the fire started the tent collapsed and 169 people were killed, 69 of them were children.

Corrected entry: At the end when Helsing & Dracula are fighting in their "supreme" mode's, when Helsing cuts Dracula's neck, he begins to bleed, and the old legend goes that vampires don't have blood/a heartbeat.

Correction: Traditionally, vampires don't have a heartbeat, but I have never heard that they don't have blood. They don't have a circulation of blood, but they still store it in their bodies and use it to stay alive. Besides, the vamps in a movie do not need to fit exactly with the traditional image of a vampire, as they occupy a "movie universe" that can differ from other universes or "realities".


Corrected entry: In the scene at the masked ball, when Dracula and Anna are dancing in front of the mirror and he is invisible, you can see other ball-goers dancing in the mirror. Because they are all vampires, they should be invisible too.

Correction: No, they are invisible. Anna is the only one seen in the mirror.


Corrected entry: In the scene under the Vatican, Carl gives Van Helsing a cross, telling him that it is a crucifix. It is not. A crucifix has the figure of Jesus on it, the cross which Carl gives him does not. As a friar, perhaps he should know better.

Correction: This is a 'friar' who rescues damsels in distress as a seduction technique. Perhaps he should know better, but he obviously isn't really bothered about the fine details of his religion.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the viscous fluid surrounding the syringe is used against the grating to create an escape route, the fluid (acid?) acts faster than anything on Earth, dissolving the grate in a second or two only, but it doesn't seem to release any toxic vapours from the reaction as shown by the unaffected actors.

Stuart Green

Correction: It's never mentioned what the liquid actually is, therefore we have no idea if it should release toxic vapours or not.

Continuity mistake: Towards the end of the movie, in the scene where Anna is taking the werewolf cure to Van Helsing and the vampire bride stops her on the large fallen pillar, she falls so she is in a sitting position with the cure in her left hand. She then switches it to her right. Then in the close-up shot, the cure is still in her left hand and she switches it again. (01:49:50)

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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: When Van Helsing is fighting Dracula towards the end as a werewolf, he stops to get out his claws. This is an obvious reference to Wolverine, whom Hugh Jackman played in both "X-Men" movies.

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