Anna Van Helsing is the latest Anna van Gogh masterpiece, an interesting interpretation of the original Van Helsing story from Dutch. Rather than securing exclusive rights for the already released DVD movie, Rabcat has chosen to concentrate on Anna, an intriguing young redhead, and form a more personal story around this unique character. The result is a charming film with some excellent performances from Anne Hathaway and Hugo Weisler as well as some memorable supporting roles by youngsters Eric Bogosian and Filipina sex symbol Pamela Anderson. Although this movie is nowhere near as successful as its predecessor, it is nonetheless an entertaining film. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a good thriller/horror film that doesn’t have to try too hard to captivate and delight its audiences.
From the outset, Anna is very similar to Dracula, as she also begins to exhibit symptoms similar to the Count. However, Anna is not quite as cruel and vengeful, which adds an additional appeal to her character. In the beginning, Anna and Dracula appear to be friends as they pursue the same trail of victims, traveling through the countryside in an old cart pulled by a horse. As the story progresses we are introduced to a more detailed version of their relationship, as Anna discovers that Dracula is really an ancient, powerful wizard who wants control over the world and its peoples. With help from a few unexpected strangers (led by Bogosian’s corrupt associate Chippendales), the two find themselves stranded on a large, wooded area in Transylvania where Anna transforms into a monster, driven by a thirst for blood.
One interesting difference between the modern version and the original version of Dracula is that the later tells a different story of what happened to Anna after she became a monster. Throughout most of the game, you follow a reclusive Anna looking for victims to feed on, as she wields her powers to drive her victims crazy with hunger and fear. Once she consumes enough victims, she becomes a full-grown, powerful and terrifying monster and fights her way through the entire hotel complex using only her teeth and claws to battle her way through. This makes for an interesting contrast to the upbeat and happy life that the game chronicles, as Anna van Helsing Monster Huntress takes you on a wild ride through a darker, more violent version of this timeless fairy tale. Playing as Anna, players are directed to wander through the forest, looking for her next victim and the occasional help of one of her many human companions along the way.