MOVIE MADNESS #163: HOTEL TRANSLVANIA

In this reimagining of the classic monsters, Dracula’s daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez), is just about to have her 118th birthday party. On that special day, her father (Adam Sandler) has promised that she can finally leave her isolated home and venture out into the real world. Drac has invited all his friends to come to the party. But a surprise guest, a human named Johnny (Andy Samberg) could spoil everything. So what is a Count to do?

I remember a cartoon show back when I was a kid called “Drak Pack”, it was about an ancestor of Dracula who tries to right the wrongs made by Dracula and teams up with other teenage monsters. The show was an extremely watered down version of the horror stories. This is the same with “Hotel Transylvania” and like that show these monsters are nothing like their classic counterparts. They are reclusive oddballs.

There is also lots of similarities to “The Munsters” but at least in that version of horror-comedy, the originals weren’t forgotten.

Count Dracula is an over-protective father. Wolf-Man is constantly mauled by his kids. Frank can’t keep his head on straight and The Mummy is overly jubilant. These are just gimmicks.

The myths have been tweaked so much that Dracula’s daughter comes off more like Ariel from the “Little Mermaid” than any vampire descendant. The monsters are used more as a theme than anything else.

This very Disney wanna-be take is fun for about thirty minutes but never really evolves. It needed to use the subject matter’s inspiration to expand the film but that just never occurred.

2 out of 5

So Says the Soothsayer

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