HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Western Stars
League of Gentlemen, The
Higher Power
Shinsengumi
IT Chapter Two
Rich Kids
Arena
Glory Guys, The
Serial Killer's Guide to Life, A
Lovers and Other Strangers
Shiny Shrimps, The
Good Woman is Hard to Find, A
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Doctor at Sea
Spear
Death Cheaters
Wild Rose
Streetwalkin'
Mystify: Michael Hutchence
Devil's Playground, The
Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters
Hustlers
Mega Time Squad
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Souvenir, The
Birds of Passage
Ma
Woman at War
Happy as Lazzaro
Mickey's Christmas Carol
Marriage Story
Santa Claus is a Bastard
Star, The
Tom & Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale
Shadow
Christmas Carol, A
Legend of the Demon Cat
Adventures of Sinbad, The
Wounds
Love & Peace
   
 
Newest Articles
Bash Street Kid: Cosh Boy on Blu-ray
Seeing is Believing: Being There on Blu-ray
Top Thirty Best (and Ten Worst) Films of the 2010s by Andrew Pragasam
Top of the Tens: The Best Films of the Decade by Graeme Clark
Terrorvision: A Ghost Story for Christmas in the 1970s
Memories Are Made of This: La Jetee and Sans Soleil on Blu-ray
Step Back in Time: The Amazing Mr. Blunden on Blu-ray
Crazy Cats and Kittens: What's New Pussycat on Blu-ray
No Place Like Home Guard: Dad's Army - The Lost Episodes on Blu-ray
A Real-Life Pixie: A Tribute to Michael J. Pollard in Four Roles
We're All In This Together: The Halfway House on Blu-ray
Please Yourselves: Frankie Howerd and The House in Nightmare Park on Blu-ray
Cleesed Off: Clockwise on Blu-ray
Sorry I Missed You: Les Demoiselles de Rochefort on Blu-ray
Silliest of the Silly: Monty Python's Flying Circus Series 1 on Blu-ray
Protest Songs: Hair on Blu-ray
Peak 80s Schwarzenegger: The Running Man and Red Heat
Rock On: That'll Be the Day and Stardust on Blu-ray
Growing Up in Public: 7-63 Up on Blu-ray
Learn Your Craft: Legend of the Witches and Secret Rites on Blu-ray
70s Psycho-Thrillers! And Soon the Darkness and Fright on Blu-ray
Split: Stephen King and George A. Romero's The Dark Half on Blu-ray
Disney Post-Walt: Three Gamechangers
But Doctor, I Am Pagliacci: Tony Hancock's The Rebel and The Punch and Judy Man on Blu-ray
Once Upon a Time in Deadwood: Interview with Director Rene Perez
   
 
  Hotel Transylvania Check In, Neck InBuy this film here.
Year: 2012
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
Stars: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, CeeLo Green, Jon Lovitz, Brian George, Luenell, Brian Stack, Chris Parnell, Jackie Sandler, Sadie Sandler, Robert Smigel, Rob Riggle
Genre: Horror, Comedy, Animated
Rating:  7 (from 1 vote)
Review: 1895, and one night in Transylvania there's a bat flying towards this balcony which by some sinister magic transforms into a tall, caped figure. He opens the windows and steps into the room, stalks up to the bed and cries "Peek-a-boo!" at the baby lying there. This is Count Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) who is entertaining his infant daughter Mavis, the only thing he has to remember his wife by since the local humans put paid to their happiness. Dracula is so obsessed that his offspring should be kept safe from the harsh realities of the world that he brings her up in isolation in his castle, but when she turns 118 (now voiced by Selena Gomez) she yearns to leave...

Adam Sandler's previous animated movie had been Eight Crazy Nights, an attempt to make a Jewish seasonal cartoon that somehow became best remembered for shit-licking reindeer rather than any heartwarming or even amusing results. Therefore for his second effort in this vein, and following a run of live action big screen comedies which had been received about as well as, er, a shit-licking reindeer, was not too well regarded by the critics nor many audiences who expected the same old same old ego-driven list of crass gags from the comic leading man. That it emerged at Halloween 2012, when there were two other animated efforts seeking to set the box office tills a-ringing, compounded the middling reception.

Yet while it didn't match the stop motion antics of Frankenweenie or ParaNorman for artistry, there were quite a few voices of dissent who refused to tow the line that many had agreed upon: Hotel Transylvania really wasn't so bad. In fact, it was rather good, maybe not a classic but for a computer animated variation on Mad Monster Party? from nearly fifty years before, you could do a lot worse. This was not so much down to the star's work, which was fine but nothing brilliant though the Sandlerisms showed through at various points, but more down to the director, Genndy Tartakovsky whose television cartoons were semi-legendary in their invention.

Thus the style and pace was at breakneck speed, much as an episode of, say, The Powerpuff Girls had been, and contained the same irreverence in its humour. This was no respectful tribute to the classic monster movies such as Tim Burton might have fashioned, it was more brash, colourful and silly, with every creature offered their own schticky voiceover from a name actor or actress, usually a comedian in some capacity though somehow singer CeeLo Green got to perform as The Mummy and did not embarrass himself, to be fair. Nobody did here, with everyone apart from Sandler not even attempting an accent (OK, Jon Lovitz was a French chef Quasimodo) other than their own, which rendered the characters more Hollywood-friendly and mainstream.

As far as that went, hearing the distinctive tones of Steve Buscemi as a long-suffering Wolfman with too many pups, none of whom pay him the slightest notice, was a neat gag, and that translated into some nice one-liners mixed with a frantic physicality to the monsters. Except, of course, they don't see themselves as monsters for to them the people are the true barbaric beasts, leading to an interesting theme about racism none too concealed in a love story across the species when vampire Mavis falls for a human in the shape of inquisitive backpacker Jonathan (Andy Samberg). He stumbles upon the hotel of the title where Drac arranges danger-free holidays for his vast array of grotesque friends and through various convolutions has to pretend to be the cousin of Frankenstein's Monster (Kevin James) while shaking up the Count's boring ideas of fun. Behind this madcap scattershot of jokes was a sweet plea for tolerance, but the director's anarchic sense of mayhem made this an improvement on The Groovy Goolies (yes, they sing too). Music by Mark Mothersbaugh.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 1661 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (5)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
  Rachel Franke
Enoch Sneed
Paul Smith
Paul Shrimpton
  Desbris M
   

 

Last Updated: