‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ arrives in theaters just in time for Halloween

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 at 11:21 PM
‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ arrives in theaters just in time for Halloween by Anna Ashcraft

Halloween season is here and with that comes scary movies galore. What better way to start the season than with “Hotel Transylvania 2?” It’s a movie for kids, but also one adults can appreciate.

Mavis and Johnny have a little toddler, Dennis, and are living in the hotel, which is now open to humans, as well as monsters, thanks to Johnny.

The movie opens with Dracula and Mavis singing Dennis a cute monster version of a lullaby. Dracula is so happy to have his family together at the hotel and now that humans are staying there it is perfect.

Dracula, Frankenstein, Mummy, the Blob and the Wolfman, hilarious partners in crime, team up to turn Dennis into a real monster because he is half-human, half-vampire and shows no signs of being a vampire yet. Dracula, a protecting Grandpa, wants his grandson to be a scary vampire.

Starring Adam Sandler as Dracula, Selena Gomez as Mavis and Andy Samberg as Jonathan, this star studded cast of Kevin James, David Spade, Mel Brooks, Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Michael Key, Molly Shannon and Megan Mullally are all master comedians making this movie funny, while still appropriate for young audiences.

While Dracula and his gang are trying to help Dennis become a vampire with their monster-in-law boot camp, they embark on crazy adventures.

In one scene in the trailer, the group is traveling down a steep mountain road in a carriage. The blob, who is riding a moped hooked on the outside of the carriage, is repeatedly hit by trees and is thrown over the vast cliff into the forest below. Dracula just laughs it off and says, “he’ll be fine, he’s blobby.”

The blob turns up later and the group says, “we meant to call you” and then they all hop on the moped and ride off super slow.

When Mavis, Johnny and Dennis visit Johnny’s family in California, Mavis finds herself thrown into a foreign and large world. She falls in love with the city, leading her to decide she wants to move there. So Dracula convinces himself that if he turns Dennis into a monster she will want to stay at the hotel.

Things get interesting when Vlad, Dracula’s father, shows up unexpectedly. He is an old school vampire and has strict rules on how things should be done, such as monster secrecy. When he finds out Dennis is not a pure blood and humans are staying in the hotel, things get turned upside down.

‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ is Rated PG and is an animation, comedy, fantasy, family film. It comes out in theaters Sept. 25.

Anna Ashcraft is editor of The Arts for The Spectator. She can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com.

 

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