Van Helsing Bares CG Teeth on Web

Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson may have stolen the show with their revealing half-time number, but Sunday’s Super Bowl broadcast also featured a first look at Univeral’s highly anticipated May release, Van Helsing. The trailer offered a tasty glimpse of some of the film’s many digital animation effects and can be downloaded at the movie’s revamped (pardon the pun) website (www.vanhelsing.net).

Written and directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, The Mummy Returns) Van Helsing stars X-Men‘s Hugh Jackman as Bram Stoker’s legendary vampire hunter, who not only meets up with Dracula, but also the Wolfman and Frankenstein’s Monster. Industrial Light + Magic brings the classic monster mash to life with digital mayhem that just may do justice to one of the best movie posters to come along in decades.

In addition to the Super Bowl TV spot, Universal’s expanded Van Helsing web site features a photo gallery, a behind-the scenes movie clip, downloads and a look at VU Games’ upcoming console game based on the motion picture. The video game is scheduled to hit stores in conjunction with the film’s May 7 release date.

Universal’s animation division is also preparing a half-hour animated prequel to the film. Van Helsing: The London Assignment features the voice of Jackman and will be out on May 11, just four days after the feature opens in theaters.