VIDEO: Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Is this movie a graveyard smash, or an undead turkey starring the Happy Madison goons?

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  • Muthsarah

    Depends how you define the Universal Monster Movies. Any movie made by Universal Pictures, featuring some incarnation of a classic movie monster?

    If we limit it to the Big Four – Dracula, Frankenstein (‘s monster), the Wolfman, The Mummy – I’d have to be a contrarian and go with the Stephen Sommers Mummy. The first one. Only the first one. It was a fun popcorn movie from a time that didn’t have too many of them. The earlier talkies were just too slow and simplistic to be either creepy or even terribly interesting, as much as I wish otherwise. A shame Coppola’s Dracula wouldn’t count here, or it’d take it in a walk

    But if we limit ourselves to the “classic era”, I’d have to go with one of the silents, Chaney’s Phantom. Haven’t seen The Man Who Laughs, though….

  • Nice video. I didn’t like the movie, though. It was too predictable, cliché and stupid for me. 🙁

  • Wizkamridr

    Loved the animation style.
    Couldn’t stand Sandler.

  • MarineDynamite

    Are you reviewing any of the Monster High specials?

    • Joseph Patrick

      Nope. The halloween reviews are limited to two shorties, a scooby doo movie and a mystery halloween movie that you’d have to wait until the big day for 😉

  • Thomas Stockel

    Dude, your Sandler impressions are spot on.

    Good review. As to my favorite Universal Monster…tough call. Always liked the Creature from the Black Lagoon, but for sheer pathos I’d go with Lon Chaney Jr.’s The Wolfman. So Wolfman wins out, barely.

    • danbreunig

      Indeed they are. Then again, it’s not like Sandler is a hard voice to replicate, especially with only about two voice modes, as Joey’s Eight Crazy Nights review already pointed out. That’s one I’m less enthused to admit I saw in the theatre. Still, I welcome the reviewer imitating said voices more than the source actor himself.

      Favorite Universal monster? That’s tough, since I don’t think I’ve seen any of those films one hundred percent all the way through. I’d have to go with Frankenstein’s Monster because its character story is for me the most heartbreaking. Most of these monsters are victims in some way, but in its case there’s no way for it to be aware of why it’s a victim–it’s really a gigantic super-strong baby barely taking in its world and spending its last moments in pure pain and fear. If Dracula and the Wolfman knew their own hardships, they could at least manage them to some extent–with Dr. F.’s Monster, it couldn’t tell why it’s rejected and suffering, which to me is the existential equivalent of someone punching you in the face and you forever wondering why.