Lillian Van Helsing (Julie Lynn Mortensen) arrives at Renfield House on a stormy night in 1906 with her husband (?) Edward Hawkins.
In pursuit of his totem, Elder Susan (Hilary Jardine) leads Vanessa, Scarlett, and Axel to an abandoned psychiatric hospital, but even after devouring the local who guided them there, The Elder says that someone is clouding her mind and she cannot pinpoint the location of the artifact. The others go exploring without her, and discover a different sort of vampire living in the derelict facility. These vampires have phosphorescent blood and eyes, and some of them have the power to remotely exert physical pressure on the brain of their attacker, and they can only be killed by a blow (or bullet) to the head. Eight of the nine vampires are killed, but Scarlett bites one of them and turns him human.
Renfield House was established in another year ending in six.
*R.M. Renfield was the solicitor who, in the 1931 film DRACULA, traveled to Transylvania to visit the Count and make arrangements for his move to London. The carriage in which Lillian traveled to Renfield House was quite similar to the one Renfield rode in, but hers had an apparently human driver.
The newly re-humanized fellow is Dr. Karloff (Brent Stait), who apparently once ran the asylum before he became a vampire. (The most famous Karloff – Boris – is best known for his portrayal of Frankenstein’s monster, but the naming of this character is likely an homage to the 1946 film BEDLAM, in which he played the head of that institution.)
In a flashback to 1906 (the fifth VAN HELSING flashback to a year ending in six), Lillian Van Helsing (Julie Lynn Mortensen) is checked into Renfield House (the very same asylum that Vanessa and the gang are investigating) by her husband Edward Hawkins. (There was a Hawkins in Stoker’s novel. He was Jonathan Harker’s employer, and he left Harker and his wife a lot of money when he died.) Lillian is also looking for something, but she finds something she did not expect, a creature with unusual powers (listed in the credits as a “psychic vampire”), so she must have been looking for something else. The creature kills her quickly. Continue reading →
Flesh (Vincent Gale) climbs out of his grave, but sadly discovers that Lucky was not resurrected as well.
The Elder wakes Vanessa with a bite. She tries to kill him before he can explain that he has been sent by her sister and is bound to serve them, so he takes on other forms in an attempt to calm her down. First he appears as her dead daughter Dylan (Hannah Cheramy) and that might have worked except that in that form he knocks Vanessa across the room, disturbing the illusion. So then he becomes Scarlett, but that just makes Vanessa more violent. Finally he takes on the form of Susan (Hilary Jardine) and that is just right. Despite the unreality of the situation, Vanessa can’t bring herself to harm this fantasy. The Elder and Vanessa are finally able to communicate. Continue reading →
Scarlett and Axel begin a relationship by sleeping together on a pile of (now worthless) money in the back of an armoured truck. That the relationship might develop into something serious is suggested by the Dick Flood song playing in the background as they cuddle the following night after vanquishing The Sisterhood. The song says: “Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray our love will always keep”Scarax is not a bad ship name, but Axlett is better.
Before they have sex, Axel and Scarlett discuss each other’s past. Axel (like Fox Mulder) had a sister, but she disappeared one day after he left her alone briefly at the playground. (He was 13 at the time.) The loss of his sister, for which he blames himself, explains Axel’s dedication to protecting Vanessa. Axel assures Scarlett that his relationship with Vanessa is platonic. Continue reading →