Ready for a new batch of lovable movie monsters? Well you're in luck, because good ol' Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) has rounded up a motley crew of endearing creatures for a relaxing getaway at his creepy abode in Hotel Transylvania.
As he tries to be the host with the most, neurotic Drac is freaking out about his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) turning the big 118. (Apparently that's around 18 in vampire years.) Mavis can't wait to explore the outside world, but Drac would prefer to keep her cooped up in his securely hidden castle for the rest of her days.
While hundreds of adorably frightful monsters converge on the castle, an adventure-seeking backpacker named Johnny (Andy Samberg) unwittingly stumbles upon the monster hideaway. Drac panics and scrambles to hide the affable human from his guests, and, most importantly -- from Mavis. After all, he's trying to keep her isolated from the outside world.
This is essentially a charming story about an over-protective father loosening his grip on his teenage daughter, but it's the collection of unruly monsters that really steal the show. It's incredibly fun to watch werewolves and mummies sweating it out in a sauna together, or seeing Frankenstein do a cannonball in the hotel pool.
Kids (and maybe a few adults, too) will undoubtedly leave the movie with their own favorite creatures. We must admit, I fell in love with a few of them -- thanks in large part to the talented roster of Sandler regulars voicing the supernatural guests. Here's a list of my top five faves.
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1. Wayne the Werewolf (Steve Buscemi). Aww, poor Wayne gets no respect! He has a zillion boisterous pups that are constantly causing him grief (and keeping him up at night). Buscemi's distinctive world-weary voice is perfect for this hapless yet lovable monster.
2. Eunice, Bride of Frankenstein (Fran Drescher). There's no mistaking that voice. Love it or hate it, Drescher has one of the most easily identifiable voices around. She's hilarious as the bride of the impossibly cheap Frankenstein, who insists on traveling via mail to cut costs. Eunice is one of the most entertaining monsters in the hotel -- she's got a quick quip for everything!
3. Quasimodo (Jon Lovitz). OK, Quasimodo isn't exactly the hotel's most lovable guest. But he certainly spices things up as the human-hunting master chef. Lovitz is truly skilled at playing devious characters. There's something about his voice that's just so deliciously mischievous.
4. The Invisible Man (David Spade). You may not be able to see him, but it's hard not to notice The Invisible Man. He's always got a sarcastic retort ready to go, delivered impeccably by comedy vet Spade.
5. Shrunken Head (Luenell). Instead of 'Do Not Disturb' signs, the Hotel is equipped with sassy shrunken heads all voiced by the hilarious comedian Luenell. As the barrier between Drac and Mavis (who, in true teenage fashion is constantly fleeing to her room to escape her uptight dad), the Shrunken Head offers plenty of comic relief, kicking Drac while he's down by telling him like it is.
Want even more adorably frightful "Hotel Transylvania" monsters? Check out the new book "The Art and Making of Hotel Transylvania" for a behind-the-scenes look at bringing the monsters to life.
The cover of the artwork book.