Unrated | | Horror
Vampire hunter Van Helsing returns to Transylvania to destroy handsome bloodsucker Baron Meinster, who has designs on beautiful young schoolteacher Marianne.
The prop department put a lot of effort into making a realistic model bat. It got lost and had to be replaced on short notice. This explains the rather unconvincing look of the model that got actually used in the movie.
Hans, a Villager:
Why can't she lie in peace, like all the rest?
The Cure, Father Stepnik: Because she is not *like* all the rest!
Baron Meinster throttles Van Helsing into unconsciousness, then bites him. Van Helsing "disinfects" the vampire's bites by searing them with a red-hot iron and completes the cure with holy water. Watch the closeup shot of Van Helsing as the burned area is healed - you can see a slight shift as the burnt and healed shots of Peter Cushing are exchanged.
In 2004 Universal made new prints and restored a brief shot of gore from Baroness Meinster's staking cut from previous cinema releases. This uncut version was released on DVD in 2007.