Writer: David I. Stern
Starring: Adam Sandler
Cee Lo Green
Release Date Out Now
Classic character like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and The Mummy, have been scaring horror fans for years; now they are entertaining children in the world of animation. Count Dracula (Sandler) is the over-protective father of Mavis (Gomez), who recently turned 118 and is searching for some independence.
For many years, Dracula has been running an up market hotel, a place that offers a safe haven (from humans) to ghouls, ghosts and monsters alike. This gives the writers plenty of opportunities to have fun with the various creatures to resurrect, allowing for jokes and visual gags galore; plus plenty of weird accents from Sandler. Of course not everything can be smooth sailing, and when dozy, human tourist Jonathan (Samberg), stumbles into the confines of the hotel; then of course gets an instant connection with Mavis, Dracula's life gets turned upside down. As he tries to keep the young lovers separate and hide Jonathan's identity from his unsuspecting guests, things begin to unravel.
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With children being the obvious target audience, you'd think the characters would be a lot more exciting. There's not a decent enough mix of comedy, excitement, or child-friendly scares; and when you're going up against ParaNorman and Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, it's these aspects you need. Admittedly, there's a small part of me that loves the idea of all these classic movie monsters being introduced to a new generation; I just wish it was under better circumstances and in a better movie.