Some interesting bits with hypnosis in that it tries to reconcile science with myth by way of abnormal psychology -but what any of it has to do with the vampire myth I don't know. Also, too much stupid comedic shit with Van Helsing and the police. The unrealized James Whale version sounds incredible though.
IT JUST DOESN'T WORK. AT ALL. This direct sequel has no energy, no real pace or real reason to exist. Planned as an A picture helmed by James Whale, it was eventually rushed and poor Lugosi was cast out. The result is a dragging bore that even the photography cannot save. Poor Edward Van Sloan isn't even able to muster up the energy in Van Helsing anymore. A sad end to the Golden Age of Horror.