The Goofs

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Continuity: Anna Valerious stabs one of the vampire women in the chest towards the end of the film outside Dracula’s castle and wen hear and see her pull the silver stake out. But in the next shot, we see the vampire with the stake in her chest again.

Continuity: The position of the “brides” changes between shots in front of the burning windmill.

Continuity: When van Helsing and Anna are in the hall and she gathers all the different weapons, we see her with her hands on her hips. In the next shot, her arms hang loosely by her side.

Errors in geography: When van Helsing, Carl and Frankenstein’s Monster pass under a bridge and one of the brides shows up and mentions that they are in Budapest, but the National Theater is visible, revealing that it was shot in Prague.

Continuity: When we first come to the All Hallow’s Eve celebration, Dracula and Anna are not wearing masks. But in the next shot, both of them are wearing masks which they then remove.

Continuity: When Van Helsing and Anna fall down through the rubble of the windmill they are soaked from the rain but when they wake up Anna’s hair is dry and curly.

Continuity: During the horse carriage chase sequence, Van Helsing is tearing through a narrow canyon with steep rock faces on both sides towering above the roof of the carriage. However, when Van Helsing is shown sitting on the coach-box from the side perspective, forest trees can be seen in the background instead of the rock faces.

Continuity: In the ballroom scene, when the camera is pulling in on the dancers, we can see their reflections in a mirror on the left hand side. Later, when Dracula in front of the large mirror, none of the dancers can be seen.

Continuity: When Van Helsing puts his hand through the secret doorway to the winterland fortress, it is snowing heavily there. However, when the heroes pass through the doorway 10 seconds later, it’s raining and there’s a thunderstorm.

Continuity: When Anna bounds off of the roof and hits her head on the tree she has a bruise on her head when she lands. After the fight in her castle she shows no sign of a bruise

Plot holes: When we learn where Dracula’s Castle is located we are told, in no uncertain terms, that his father put him there and made the door a one-way (in) door and then the devil gave Dracula wings to fly out. How do our heroes find their way out?

Revealing mistakes: The stake that Van Helsing uses on Dracula wiggles when Dracula jerks it out of his chest.

Revealing mistakes: The glass of blood one of the Brides drinks leaves a pulpy residue on the glass–a trait of tomato juice.

Revealing mistakes: At the masquerade ball, after Carl knocks the firebreather into Dracula, we see Dracula reach for the performer, and you can hear him scream. As Van Helsing swings by to grab Anna, Dracula’s arm is in the air, as if he’s thrown the man, but he is not visible.

Errors in geography: Van Helsing uses a carriage to travel from Transylvania to Budapest. After he crosses the Carpathian mountains, the map informs us that he is nearing Budapest. However, the scenery through which he is driving is a mountainous region – quite unlike any terrain near Budapest.

Factual errors: At one point, Carl and Van Helsing cremate the body of a human ally. However, the Catholic church – which Carl and Van Helsing serve directly – did not lift its prohibition against cremation until 1963.