Back when Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley created these classic gothic monsters to scare us with throughout the ages, they most likely never dreamed we’d love them so much 150 plus years in the future and beyond. Apparently, neither did any of the monsters, because that is why Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) had the Hotel Transylvania built, but that was not the main reason. As humans, and to quote the Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast, “We don’t like what we don’t understand…” and such was the way we were with monsters during the 19th century, especially in Eastern Europe, which was about the time Dracula and his lovely wife had a sweet little vampire child, Mavis.
During a raid from angry villagers, the Count lost his wife, but the child survived, and he went into over protective mode, and had a massive construction project underway. A giant resort hotel in the Carpathian Mountains were creatures of the night can get away from the humans that are out to get them. Dracula has a circle of good and goofy friends that have been there to support him as a single dad in raising his little girl over the last 118 years, and we are going to join them on the weekend of her birthday celebration. Soon, the creepy dudes file in. They are with their families and are: Frankenstein (Adam James) and his wife, Eunice (Fran Drescher), Wayne (Steve Buscemi) and Wanda (Molly Shannon) and their litter of werewolf pups, Griffin (David Spade), the Invisible Man, and Murray the Mummy (CeeLo Green), along with many other monsters. Add a hotel staff of witchy maids, shrunken head door hangers, and zombies that will do anything for their boss, and you got a monsters’ paradise. This one party that might just be perfect until a human hiker, Jonathan (Andy Samberg) stumbles into the resort by accident. Not only that, Mavis (Selena Gomez) is now ready to explore the world, and wants to see the place where her parents met in Hawaii, or as she calls it, HaWeeWee. Drac has hands full in keeping the pesky human boy a secret from the guests and his daughter, until Mavis and Jonathan meet and they “zing”. It seems that when this happens between monsters, it is a romance that will last forever. Drac is bound to make sure no human will ever invade his home again, but the views about monsters from the human world have been very much updated, and they have not been outside to meet with any humans to find out that people are much different than they were before.
This is a fun ride of a clashing of Olde World values and superstitions with modern day technology and music. From zombies to sea monsters to a local festival celebrating monsters from a human perspective, it never stops being hilarious and it will have everyone laughing and just ready to see the sequel, which just came out a few weeks ago! Adam Sandler keeps surprising us, even after all these years, and his version of Dracula is the coolest one ever! After trick or treats this Selena Gomez, wind down by watching Hotel Transylvania!
I give this film a Musing review of