Hotel Transylvania

  • U
  • Genndy Tartakovsky (2012)
  • US
  • 87 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

In this brash and frenetic CGI-animated ghoul-fest, Count Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) has kept his daughter (Selena Gomez) away from torch-bearing humans for a century by operating a castle resort for famous monsters only. But he can only watch in horror when she falls for a stray backpacker (Andy Samberg, from BBC3 comedy Cuckoo). TV-cartoon genius director Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars) fails to add anything of note to the hackneyed overprotective-dad story, which is etched in often overbearingly exaggerated style. Nor do the snippets of inconsequential songs help. All the genre references are obvious, the slapstick sight gags a pale Tex Avery imitation and, despite a few acceptable groaners - zombie Beethoven, scream-cheese hors d'oeuvres, shrunken head "do not disturb" tags, digs at Twilight - it's painfully unfunny. True, the ultimate message about ignorance being the scariest thing of all is a sincere one, but it gets lost in the nonstop, eager-to-please, uninspired zaniness.

Plot Summary

Dracula opens a luxury resort for monsters, to provide a refuge from terrified humans. His cosy sanctuary is disrupted when a normal man unwittingly checks in, and the situation is complicated when the unwanted guest turns out to be the descendant of a famous vampire hunter - and takes a liking to the count's daughter. Animated comedy, with the voices of Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg.

Cast and crew

Cast

Dracula
Adam Sandler
Jonathan
Andy Samberg
Mavis Dracula
Selena Gomez
Frank / Frankenstein
Kevin James
Eunice
Fran Drescher
Wayne, the werewolf
Steve Buscemi
Wanda
Molly Shannon
Griffin, the invisible man
David Spade
Murray, the mummy
CeeLo Green
Quasimodo
Jon Lovitz

Crew

Director
Genndy Tartakovsky

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour and Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Sony
3D
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 12 Oct 2012
Certificate U
Categories
Comedy
Childrens
Drama