‘Resurrection is a bitch’
Van Helsing is a 2016 American television action sci-fi horror series created by Neil LaBute (The Wicker Man remake). Aside from LaBute, the writing team are Simon Barry, Jackie May, Jonathan Walker, Jeremy Smith, Matt Venables, Karen Lam, Shevon Singh, and Gorrman Lee. The series was inspired by Zenescope Entertainment’s graphic novel series Helsing.
Syfy aired a commercial-free preview of the pilot on July 31, 2016; followed by the series premiere on September 23, 2016.
On October 14, 2016, Syfy renewed Van Helsing for a thirteen episode second season.
Kelly Overton (True Blood; The Ring Two), Jonathan Scarfe (Grimm; Vipers; Poltergeist: The Legacy), Christopher Heyerdahl (The Twilight Saga: New Moon; Masters of Horror; Twists of Terror), Rukiya Bernard, Paul Johansson, David Cubitt (Shut In; Bates Motel; Possessing Piper Rose), Vincent Gale, Hilary Jardine, Trezzo Mahoro, Aleks Paunovic (iZombie), Alison Wandzura, Laura Mennell.
Vanessa “Van” Helsing, the daughter of Abraham Van Helsing, is resurrected in a post-apocalyptic world, five years in the future, to lead a resistance against the vampires that plague it…
“The concept of the vampire apocalypse and the Chosen One trope are familiar territory, but that doesn’t necessarily need to be a detriment for Van Helsing. It’s not a series that’s bursting out the gate, but it could grow to be as strong a series as 12 Monkeys or The Expanse, especially if it tells its story in unique ways and uses those familiar elements as a launching pad to make its own stamp on the supernatural genre.” Terri Schwartz, IGN
” …the action is primarily confined to the medical facility that steadfast military man Axel (Jonathan Scarfe) has decked out with booby traps and other hellion-slaying ephemera. You’d think this would lead to all manner of generic story beats. But LaBute and his writers (as well as stalwart TV director Michael Nankin, who does some truly terrific, atmospheric work in these first three installments) manage to give the material a distinctive tweak or two.” Keith Uhlich, The Hollywood Reporter
“On the surface Van Helsing may appear to be just another post-apocalyptic survival tale, but if this initial chapter is any indication, enough intriguing questions have been raised about Vanessa Helsing and her role as mankind’s savior to compel viewers to return and watch this reluctant messiah cope physically and emotionally with a role she didn’t ask for and doesn’t want.” Dave Vitagliano, Den of Geek
Cast and characters:
- Kelly Overton as Vanessa Van Helsing.
- Jonathan Scarfe as Axel
- Christopher Heyerdahl as Sam
- David Cubitt as John
- Vincent Gale as Flesh
- Rukiya Bernard as Doc
- Trezzo Mahoro as Mohamad
- Tim Guinee as Ted
- Laura Mennell as Rebecca
- Paul Johansson as Dimitri
- Aleks Paunovic as Julius
- Hilary Jardine as Susan
The series’ original title was Vanessa Helsing