Hotel Transylvania (Review)

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There have been an onslaught of animated creepy movies that are being produced that you might want to take your kids to see. But before you go, be sure to consider the content of the movie and not just the fact that it is a “cartoon”.

This past Saturday Grace Hill Media offered me a last minute invitation to review Hotel Transylvania. At first I thought about turning down this review, but then I got to thinking, what might people want to know about this movie that I can share? I am happy that I went to see the movie because I do have some things to share.

Hotel Transylvania in 3D by Sony Picture Animation is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. It has some great voices namely: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg and Kevin James. It is a seemly harmless movie about Dracula and his daughter Mavis. Dracula has worked hard to open a “five steak” hotel for fellow monsters — so they can get away from it all. Throughout the story you hear about how these monsters (including Frankenstein and his bride, the invisible man and The Werewolf) are afraid of humans, mostly because they are ignorant and have believed untrue stories that have been handed down for generations. The hotel is carefully built and when Dracula opens it up for Mavis’s 118th birthday all of the creepy crawlies come to join in for a party. It is clear that no humans are allowed at this monster bash. Mavis had been kept captive her whole life and Dracula pulls out all the stops to keep her from being harmed by the humans in the world. The promise of “freedom” on her 118th birthday is what Mavis has lived for.  At the 118th birthday bash one young HUMAN “Jonathan” (who happens to be right around the age of Mavis) mistakenly shows up as a guest. Dracula’s efforts to convince Mavis that the world was unsafe eventually get discovered and the father daughter relationship is tested.

As my husband and I watched the movie we tried to look at it through the eyes of children. From the very beginning we saw that this was not a movie that would be enjoyed by young children. However, I was happy to have a couple of young girls sitting next to me — I asked Mom if I might question them after the movie. Kara and Lara are the daughters of a Dad who also does reviews. Mom said they were used to being questioned for Daddy’s articles and would be happy to help. Kara is 10 years old and in 5th grade and her sister Lara is 7, in the second grade. Here is what I learned by just two simple questions:

Pamela: “What was your favorite part of the movie?”

Kara: “I liked when Dracula went to find his daughter because he wanted her to be happy”

Pamela: “Were there any parts that scared you?”

Kara: “No, not really”

Pamela: “What was your favorite part of the movie?”

Lara: “Oh, just the whole thing!”

Pamela: “Were there any parts that scared you?”

Lara: “Just when Dracula got mad.”

Now when Dracula got mad he growled and showed his teeth … and his eyes got red. I do believe that will scare any young child and quite possibly even cause nightmares. And you don’t have to take my word for it, just talk to young Lara!

This movie not only had monsters — some scary, but I found it to have some adult humor and innuendo as well; perhaps by design. And it had the typical fight scene where someone kicks someone else in the private area which drew lots of laughs from the audience. I fail to see the humor in this at all.

I think it is the kind of movie that every time you watch it you will find something else that you did not see the time before; like the toad stool.

Overall I think I would sum it up as a movie that points out what false stories and prejudices can do to relationships. I can not recommend the movie for young children and it is not one that I would have normally gone to see however it had some cute humor and no bad language.

Favorite Scene/Quote:

Dracula offers Jonathan a bagel with “scream” cheese. The cheese screams as it is offered and Jonathan says “No thanks, I am scream cheese intolerant”.

Hotel Transylvania opens in theaters September 28, 2012

I was granted exclusive rights to view this production as a member of the press working with the Christian organization Grace Hill Media. Sometimes I am allowed to obtain free sneak peaks and access to some of the behind the scenes action or I may have received a free copy of product as part of this review or announcement. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC Regulations. Click here to see my full disclosure policy.

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Pamela Rose Williams

Pamela Rose Williams is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She and her husband, Dr. Michael L. Williams, have served in Christian ministry since 2001. She has a bachelor's Degree in Christian Education and spends most of her time as a professional editor and writer, working with many Christian authors and artists. Additionally, she works with her husband using their extensive experience in information technology to provide Christ-centered teaching and resources to people all over the world. To learn more about Pamela visit her About page.