"my old friend and master, Professor Van Helsing, of Amsterdam"

The character of Van Helsing has inspired many other fictional vampire hunters, and he sometimes pops up in person in other stories. When he does appear elsewhere, he is often portrayed much more as an action hero, and considerably younger, fitter and more attractive than in Dracula. Other fictional vampire slayers range from those chosen by fate, possessing their own unnatural strength and reactions, to ordinary humans dedicated to destroying evil.


The 2004 film Van Helsing re-imagines Helsing as a kind of holy-soldier, sent by the Vatican to eradicate monsters and evil forces. In it, Helsing encounters Frankenstein’s monster, werewolves, and Dracula and his brides, combining several staples of gothic horror fiction. Hellsing, a manga series, involves a modern-day descendant of Van Helsing, Integra Hellsing, who leads an organisation dedicated to removing supernatural threats. Demons (2009), a short-lived British series, also follows the adventures of a modern-day descendent of Helsing. The TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) involves a teenage girl fated to be ‘The Slayer’, a group of friends dedicated to helping her destroy evil, and ‘watchers’ who provide training and information related to hunting monsters. Dracula makes a brief appearance in one episode, but no mention is made of Van Helsing.





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