Van Helsing

For a while now I’d been watching the previews for “Van Helsing” and wondering just why that movie had been made. Sure, sure, summer blockbuster and all that, but I mean what’s the point? Taking characters out of classic literature, going all League of Extraordinary Gentlemen on them, and making a movie that really has nothing to do with Dracula or Van Helsing other than names—is it really so hard to come up with something original? (Or are they hoping to cash in on that key demographic of English lit majors who also happen to like early twentieth-century monster movies?) It really sounded like something John Carpenter would come up with, and I was wondering about Hugh Jackman‘s choice of movie roles.

Well, we went and saw the movie tonight, and… I’m still wondering why it was made. Oh, it wasn’t out and out terrible—I’ve seen much worse—but I’m still left scratching my head over it. Otherwise, it had big action, the effects were good, the CGI morphing sequences well done, the actors had a good time camping and vamping it up. Some scenes were creative, some were almost painful to watch. And, could someone please explain to me, at about halfway through the movie why Van Helsing pulled out a bottle of what looked like green Scope mouthwash to drink?

Ah, well. It’ll probably be the number one movie in America after this weekend. And you just know they left it open for sequels. They’re aching for sequels. And if they’re going to be pillaging literature again for villains—or even using classic movie monsters—it’s amusing to speculate as to who they would be. The Invisible Man? The Creature from the Black Lagoon? The Blob?

4 Replies to “Van Helsing”

  1. the green drink was absinthe, it was a drink that almost everyone drank back then. you should look it up, it is wonderful. it is an alcochol that is made using warmswood & it has THC in it, poets use it for insperation. it is also used in the movies Moulin Rouge, From Hell, & planty of other movies.

  2. It normally is not :-p, but hey it is just a movie. the bottles say Absinthe right on them though, so that must be what they are trying to emply that it is. I have seen many different Absinthes in my life & they range from scope blue, to scope green, to dark green, to golden green. they now even make a red absinthe. some great absinthe sites are , & they are wonderful sites that show the full veriaty of Absinthes. I recamend King of Spirits GOLD, it is the best I have seen.

  3. Salut! You could not be more correct in regards to King of Spirits Gold. While certainly the most bitter of all I’ve tried, it is without doubt the best for the FULL "absinthe effect" as raved about by past artists and such.
    While expensive it is well worth it in that regards. Cheers to all looking to try it.

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