Hotel Transylvania opens it’s doors to audiences on Friday, September 28, 2012. If you are looking for a fun family movie, look no further. Hotel Transylvania is a scream for young and old alike.
Hotel Transylvania is an animated comedy that features the voice talents of Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Selena Gomez, Andy Sanberg, Fran Drescher, Steven Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, CeeLo Green and Jon Lovitz.
Dracula is a single parent. His wife was killed when their daughter was a baby by humans. In order to protect his daughter from humans, Dracula had a huge hotel built deep in the woods called Hotel Transylvania. The hotel is impossible to find so monsters can come and stay there and not have to worry about being hunted down by humans. The monsters actually find humans to be the scary ones.
Each year Dracula throws a big bash for his daugher’s birthday. This year his daughter, Mavis, will be 118 years old. Dracula has planned the biggest party ever for her milestone birthday. While Dracula is looking forward to the event, Mavis is looking forward to a promise her father made to her – that on her 118th birthday she would be allowed to leave Hotel Transylvania and see the world. Knowing all too well that Mavis would remind him about his promise, Dracula devised a plan to scare Mavis so that she never has the desire to leave the hotel ever again. With the help of some zombie employees, Dracula successfully convinces Mavis that humans are going to harm her and that she needs to stay in the hotel where she’s safe. That is until Jonathan, a goofy teenager, shows up at Hotel Transylvania.
Dracula is unsuccessful in ridding the human (Johnathon) from the hotel. So as not to frighten the guests, Dracula disguises Johnathon as a monster and tells guests that he’s there to help with Mavis’ party. If the monsters find out that Dracula is harboring a human the hotel will will no longer be seen as a safe haven.
Will Dracula be able to keep his secret from his friends and guests? Will Jonathan finally leave the hotel? What about Mavis – will she also one day leave the hotel too, or will she be stuck there forever? To find out you’ll just have to and see Hotel Transylvania, now in theaters.
There is A LOT more to the story but I just wanted to give readers a brief overview. I didn’t want to spoil all the fun and suprises awaiting viewers of Hotel Transylvania.
My husband and I saw a preview of Hotel Transylvania about a month ago. The moment the trailer was over we both looked at each other and said “We have to see it!”.
Here is the movie’s trailer. If you are reading this via e-mail you can find the trailer here, http://bit.ly/NVNVIh.
I was fortunate to go to an advanced screening of the film last weekend. I would have posted my review sooner but as most readers know I was out in LA (Hollywood) all week.
My family went down to NYC to see the screening of the film. We were surprised to find life size Hotel Transylvania characters at the theater to welcome us. There were plenty of photo opportunities for everyone. Here are a few of my photos. My daughter is missing from them because she’s a teenager and if you have ever raised a teen you know how moody they can be. Ha Ha.
One of my favorite photos is with my husband with his arm around David Spade’s shoulder. David Spade is the voice of the Invisible Man in the movie. LOL!!!
My family LOVED the movie. My husband and I both loved it from the moment we first saw the trailer. My kids (ages 13 and 15) also really enjoyed the movie. It was a fun movie the entire movie. There were some spots where my husband and I laughed, and other spots where just my kids laughed and plenty of moments when we all laughed.
The movie is rated PG for some “rude humor” and “scary images”. As far as the rude humor is concerned I didn’t find anything “rude”. Unless you find farts rude. Let’s face it, kids think farts are funny. As for the scary images the only thing that MIGHT be a concern for younger children (the under 6 crowd) is that there are a few times Dracula makes a scary face and his eyes go red and he growls. You can see exactly what I mean in the trailer (above) around the 17 second mark.
There are plenty of very young children in the audience and I didn’t hear anyone cry or have any issue with the few times Dracula tries to be scary. However as a parent it’s up to you to make that judgement call. If your child is easily scared then maybe you want to see the movie first. As a mom myself I would have no problem bringing my little ones to see the movie.
I like the underlying story in the film too. As a parent you will go to the ends of the Earth to protect your child, which is exactly what Dracula was trying to do with Mavis. He already lost his wife and couldn’t handle the idea of losing his child too.
Hotel Transylvania is in 3D which really adds to the film. I’m not always a fan of 3D movies but in this case the 3D effect really enhances the film. Of course it’s just as much fun in 2D too. Be sure to check out the credits at the end for more 3D action.
If you are looking for something fun to do with the family this weekend, why not check into the Hotel Transylvania. It’s frightfully full of fun and you’ll be sure to enjoy the monsterous laughs. LOL!
For more information about the film you can visit the official website, www.WelcometoHotelt.com. You can also check out the film on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/HotelT). Hotel Transylvania is by Sony Pictures. You can follow them on Twitter (@SonyPictures) and on YouTube (SonyPictures).
** A special ”Thank You” to Dylan’s Candy Bar for the party following the movie screening. If you are ever in NYC be sure to check them out. YUMMY! They are located at 1011 3rd Avenue, New York, NY (www.DylansCandyBar.com).
*I attended a free movie screening. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way.