The ultimate notion of a filmmaker is to see entertain the spectators. The spectators should appreciate the movie for its content and the message it tries to convey. The filmmakers want monetary benefits and add visually pleasing element in the cinema at the end of their work. Critics state that the portrayal of women in cinemas has a trend of chauvinism. The men are portrayed as mentally strong individuals whom the women need in order to survive. In ‘Women as Image and Man as a bearer of the look’ Mulley analyzes this perceptive. The makers seem to knowingly continue the male protagonist trend because it entertains the audience. The audience expects to see a male protagonist on the screen, someone they can project themselves onto (Mulley). In the case of Van Helsing this trend can be noticed. Here although the female Anna is presented as a strong person, it is Van Helsing that is shown to carry the day to success. The audience also enjoys such movies because it satisfies their primal visual needs. There are a lot of visually pleasing elements. This disturbing trend but the filmmakers and the stakeholders in making the film spread this message for commercial reasons.
However, Van Helsing has attempted to strike up a balance. In the past, the women were satisfied to essay a role of alluring sexuality or conceited roles. Sometimes they took up stories that are a combination of these two. The scope of the role of the women characters was significantly reduced. They were portrayed as sex objects. They were offered egoistic roles if not offered a sexually objectified role. In majority of the cases the women act in alluring roles or egocentric roles (Thornham).