I have been a fan of classic horror films for many years; I'm a devotee of Gothic horror and steampunk. The original Dracula novel is my favorite book, and Van Helsing my favorite fictional character. I deeply love both Peter Cushing (my favorite actor) and Edward Van Sloan in the role.
(On the other hand, I intensely dislike "sympathetic/good" vampires--the sole exception being Barnabas Collins in the original "Dark Shadows".)
I am not a fan of modern horror. I definitely don't like Bram Stoker's Dracula, and though I love Hugh Jackman, I'm really skeptical about the new film. I do, however, hope it may reaffirm the character of Van Helsing as a protector and hero, instead of the "persecutor of misunderstood creatures" he is too often portrayed as.
Other classic horror fans may be interested in checking out my collective of fanlistings, which include Peter Cushing, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Claude Rains, Roddy McDowall, Barnabas Collins, and Van Helsing himself, among others. Always looking for fans and affiliates.
I hope to see this community grow. :)