Hotel Transylvania (2012)

logoDirector: Genndy Tartakocsky

Writer: Peter Baynham, Robert Smigel (Screenplay) Todd Druham, Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade


Plot: Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teen-aged daughter.


Verdict: *Takes a deep breathe*


Story: We follow Count Dracula as he tries to raise his only daughter, all he wants is to keep her safe. We see how he makes a hotel for all the monsters to relax and escape from all the hiding. After his daughter wants freedom Dracula plans to trick her into stay, but his plan backfires as the first human finds the castle which could expose everything he has worked so hard for. Dracula has to keep the humans identity safe as the monsters would kill him if they found out the truth.

Who would be a terrifying father figure trying to protect his daughter from any freedom? Well Dracula does fit this idea, add in all the Uncle being the rest of the greatest villains in horror literacy it would be one hell of a scary idea. Sadly this doesn’t use this enough, it actually plays along the idea that the humans are the monsters. The protection idea is fine, but everything else just falls into lazy, easy attempted comedy. (4/10)


Character Review


Dracula: the over protective father who has dedicated his life to protecting his daughter from the outside world. He also has to try and play host for the monsters as he throws a party for his daughter. Over time he has to learn to let his daughter go and let the world accept him. (5/10)


Jonathan: Traveller who wonders into the hotel and catches the eye of Dracula’s daughter. The longer he stays the more the monsters enjoy themselves. He makes for a unlikable teenager. (4/10)


Mavis: Daughter of Dracula who wants to escape from her life locked away in the castle. Typical teenager role, which comes off very whiny after a while. (4/10)


Support Characters: With the supporting characters being the monsters from the classic horrors, but none are created to original they are all made to be generic ideas of the characters.


Director Review: Genndy Tartakocsky – Doesn’t manages to create anything new for the genre and uses ready created characters that don’t get used correctly. (4/10)


Animation: Nothing wrong with the actual animation but you will always expect good quality nowadays. (7/10)

Comedy: Mostly Sandler standard level comedy, so you know what little amount of laughs you will get. (2/10)

Settings: The settings work well to create a pre-created idea for characters locations. (7/10)

Suggestion: Don’t bother with this one, it is nothing special and nothing interesting. (Miss It)


Best Part: Twilight comment.

Worst Part: Sandler’s ‘comedy’

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Hopefully not

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $148 Million

Budget: $85 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

Tagline: Even monsters need a vacation


Overall: Boring Comedy

Rating 25

Trailer Alert – The Gunman

Plot – An international spy must clear his name in order to save himself from the organization that he used to work for.

Release Date:  20th February 2015


  • Sean Penn (Milk, Mystic River, 21 Grams) – Not known for his action roles but can he pull off a full blown Liam Neeson here?
  • Javier Bardem (Skyfall) – No stranger to the villain role, can he continue to make unique villain looks?
  • Idris Elba (Pacific Rim, Luther) – Looks like a supporting role and we don’t get too much information from the trailer about his role.
  • Ray Winstone (The Departed) – Looks like he will be the loyal trusted friend to the protagonist.
  • Mark Rylance (Blitz)

Director: Pierre Morel (Taken) With Taken next to his name we expect good things but with ‘From Paris with Love’ we know it could turn out bad.

Highlight of the Trailer:  Nothing stood out as great, they did a good job keeping the best moments for the full release.

What Looks Good? Sean Penn is leading role so we can get the strong acting between the action.

What Looks Bad? It looks like it could get confusing with all the twists just form the trailer.

Summary: The Gunman looks like it could be a solid action thriller it could be a chance for Sean Penn to redefine himself in a new genre, along with the potential of a new franchise. I do expect to see an entertaining action film but I don’t expect to see something great.

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating –70%

My Guess Rating – 70%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No