In 2002 when ‘Eight Crazy Nights’ came out with Adam Sandler, I got excited. It was one of the first animated films Adam did. Let’s just say that I was not impressed. When I learned about his new movie ‘Hotel Transylvania’, I wasn’t too optimistic. I have been known to be wrong a time or three for judging something early.
It is late 1800’s in Transylvania where Dracula and his baby girl Mavis are living in a small cabin in the woods. Dracula decides it would be best to build a place for him and his daughter to live where they would be safe from humans and also a safe haven for other monsters. He enlists the help of Igor and some zombies to build the new castle. They finally finish the castle with a haunted cemetery and woods to frighten away any human who got close to the castle.
Fast forward 118 years and the castle is still bringing in monsters from all over the world to stay there and be safe from humans. All of Dracula’s friends like Frankenstein, Wolf Man, The Invisible Man and The Mummy with their families come to stay and relax. He’s also been telling everyone this whole time how horrible humans are even though it’s been so long since he’s encountered one.
Dracula has been promising his daughter for awhile now that he would let her go out in the world to meet people and explore but never does. Dracula finally gives in and lets his daughter go out to explore. She flies down to the local village and is instantly attacked by villagers with torches and pitch forks. She flies back to the castle while her dad shows up. You find out that he set up the entire village and put zombies in disguises to frighten her away.
Finally, by accident a human shows up at the front door of the castle. His name is Jonathan and is just some backpacker seeing the world. Dracula tries to get him to leave and decides that it might be better off for him to stay and tell everyone Jonathan is a monster and he’s helping with his daughter’s birthday party. Of course, nothing is that simple and Jonathan has his own way he’d like to do her party.
This was a really great movie. There were some very brief scary moments, but for the most part it was laugh out loud funny. I have to relate the humor from ‘Shrek’ because of the adult humor and the kid humor both in the film. They did a great job at making the kids laugh and the adults. I’m still laughing about the bingo scene today. What sold me on this movie was I found out that Sandler only voiced a few parts on this instead of help write it.
You get all the typical actors that you get with an Adam Sandler film like David Spade, Steve Buscemi and Jon Lovitz. They did go out and get the new edition to Sandler’s crew Kevin James. Also, Andy Sandberg from ‘SNL’, Selena Gomez and CeeLo Green lend their voices. If you are looking for a great flick to take your kids to this Halloween season and don’t want to scare the crap out of them, check this out. It was really good and way better than I expected.
8 out of 10 wahoo’s