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Universal Studios Hollywood Opens Van Helsing Attraction

Universal Studios Hollywood has announced the debut of "Van Helsing: Fortress Dracula," an all-new attraction inspired by Universal Pictures' VAN HELSING opening simultaneously with the film's nationwide debut on May 7, 2004. The attraction will transport guests to a world inhabited by Dracula, The Frankenstein Monster and The Wolf Man. The attraction will feature special effects as well as hundreds of artifacts, original props and set pieces, created for the movie.

Guests walking through "Van Helsing: Fortress Dracula" will pass through a shadowy portal into Dracula's Castle where they'll join legendary monster hunter Professor Van Helsing and Princess Anna Valerious on their crusade to rid the world of fiendish creatures. Trapped within Dracula's eerie crypt, surrounded by clusters of flying pygmy bats, undulating pods and swarms of feeding rats, guests will plunge deep into the catacombs, assaulted on all sides by the sounds of howling werewolves and the moans of shuffling corpses. Along the way, guests must cross an unstable 50-foot bridge overlooking a dark laboratory where Frankenstein's Monster, shaking violently, is suspended upon a slab and the hideous figure of Igor swings erratically from a giant rope.

Universal Pictures' VAN HELSING is directed and written by Stephen Sommers. The film is produced by Sommers and Bob Ducsay, exec produced by Sam Mercer and stars Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh, David Weham, Will Kemp, Kevin J. O'Connor.

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