Now, I know this is going to upset at least one person...but is Van Helsing really THAT bad? It's certainly not the first film to re-write the monster classics...in The Wolf Man meets Frankenstein, Larry Talbot (the wolfman) discovers the body of the monster underneath the burnt out windmill encased in ice. He release the body and triies to get the monster to convince BARONESS Frankenstein to put him out of his misery... Now we all know what really happened after that fatefull night of pitchforks and torches...the monster lived and went on to have his bride created. And I for one was shocked to find out that the Baron had had a daughter...or did the Baron himself have a sex change?? Van Helsing rewrites the events immediatly after the burning down of the windmill again...but, as I have said, it is certainly not the first film to do so. OK - the acting wasn't up to much...and the storyline was a bit thin...but for really bad acting, see Bela Legosi as the Monster in the aforementione Wolfman Meets Frankenstein...truly terrible!!