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Oct 192016
 

As much as I enjoyed the first film, I couldn’t wait to see its sequel Hotel Transylvania 2 and believe me it was well worth it.

Much has changed at Hotel Transylvania. Now that humans and monsters live in peace and harmony, Dracula (voice of Adam Sandler) approves of human guests and his daughter Mavis (voice of Selena Gomez) is married to Johnny (voice of Andy Samberg). Could things get any better?

Yes they can. Mavis and Johnny have a son named Dennis (voice of Asher Blinkoff), who is half human, half vampire, (a.k.a. a dhampir) and just adorable. Dracula is very close with Dennis. In fact, he even disguised himself as a nurse to see his grandson. That’s just not something you would ever expect Count Dracula to do.

Johnny’s family is introduced in this sequel. His father Mike (voice of Nick Offerman) is always so serious as he tolerates everyone around him. Johnny’s mother Linda (voice of Megan Mullally) tries to be kind but always ends up putting her foot in her mouth, making things become awkward.

Dracula has high hopes for Dennis to show his vampire side, but it hasn’t surfaced yet. Secondly, Dennis’s favorite monster is Kakie (voice of Chris Kattan) a TV monster that’s friendly like Elmo and bit corny.

After seeing how the numerous wolf pups can move around like a wild tornado, Mavis believes that the hotel is not a good place to raise Dennis and considers moving to Johnny’s hometown in California. While the two of them are gone, Dracula sees this as an opportunity to inspire Dennis. So Dracula and his friends Frankenstein (voice of Kevin James), Wayne the Wolfman (voice of Steve Buscemi), Griffin the invisible man (voice of David Spade), and Murray the mummy (voice of Keegan-Michael Key) take Dennis on a road trip to their old haunts. Even Blobby the blob monster comes along for laughs.

Once Mavis finds out, she is so determined to get back to the hotel, she actually carries Johnny and their luggage herself while flying back to Transylvania as a bat. I never thought Mavis was that strong. I guess it goes to show that you should never underestimate the power of a concerned vampire mother.

Here’s a cool addition. The hotel has an organ player, who is none other than the Phantom of the Opera (voice of Jon Lovitz). It’s neat how he was thrown in so randomly. That got me thinking. There’s no mention of what became of Quasimodo after how he was left in the first movie.

It isn’t until much later when we see Dracula’s father Vlad (voice of Mel Brooks). Although Vlad dislikes humans even more than Dracula used to, the real threat is Vlad’s servant bat monster Bela (voice of Rob Riggle) and his bat crew, since they’re always up front about it.

I really like this movie and find it even funnier than the first one. I also saw online that there is a third installment in the works. I have no doubt that it will only get better from here.

Oct 112013
 

For many years, classic monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman, and the Mummy have been horror icons. They all unite with a bunch of other monsters at Hotel Transylvania, which is the one place monsters can party and never have to worry about humans coming for them. This is also one of few monster movies where the monsters are all good guys.

I must admit that the monsters in this movie are so creatively funny. Dracula (voice of Adam Sandler) runs the hotel and claims to have never said, “Bleh, bleh, bleh”. Frankenstein (voice of Kevin James) and his crabby wife Eunice (voice of Fran Drescher) prefer to travel by mailbox. The Wolfman (voice of Steve Buscemi) is a family man that’s always frumpy. It most likely has to do with having so many kids. Even the Invisible Man (voice of David Spade) and the Mummy (voice of Cee Lo Green) join in the fun.

The hotel has zombie staff, housekeeping witches, and haunted armor that always informs Dracula of emergencies, including a clogged toilet in Bigfoot’s room. It’s hilarious seeing how gigantic he is.

Things take a new turn as Dracula’s daughter Mavis (voice of Selena Gomez) turns 118. She wants to travel and see the world, but Dracula forbids it because he’s too overprotective. However, he lets Mavis visit a human village nearby and the humans attack her with garlic bread. As silly as that sounds, it was still a disaster, or was it.

But the hotel really gets turned upside-down when Johnny (voice of Andy Samberg) a human arrives. Dracula does all he can to hide him from the other monsters, even though Johnny isn’t really a threat. Since Dracula can’t get rid of him without any of the other monsters finding out, he disguises Johnny as a monster and tells everyone that he’s a party planner. The others found that hard to believe because Dracula is always such a control freak.

Of course Johnny is frightened at first, but once he warms up to the monster hotel he comes up with fun ideas for the party and everyone loves him for it. If only Dracula would just lighten up.

Eventually, Dracula warms up to Johnny after he experiences having fun on flying tables. After rescuing Johnny from Quasimodo (voice of Jon Lovitz) the chef, Dracula reveals why he built the hotel to keep monsters safe from humans, especially Mavis, even though she and Johnny have fallen for each other.

I really enjoyed this movie. It’s definitely the funniest monster film I have seen since Mad Monster Party and matches the brand of humor used on many of Adam Sandler’s films. Though I am surprised that Happy Madison Productions didn’t produce Hotel Transylvania, as many of Adam Sandler’s other comedy films were.

Mar 292013
 

Comedic sci-fi features are pretty rare, but those have been my most favorite kind, which include Mom and Dad Save the World. At the edge of the galaxy, there’s a small planet called Spengo, where all of the inhabitants are highly unintelligent and under the rule of ruthless Emperor Todd Spengo (Jon Lovitz). His goal is to fire a death ray in order to destroy the planet Earth. Oddly, its most vulnerable spot is Woodland Hills, California. I don’t why that is.

As Todd observes Woodland Hills from his fortress, he finds an Earth woman named Marge Nelson (Teri Garr) and falls in love with her. Marge is a hard core vacationer, but her husband Dick (Jeffery Jones) struggles to keep up with her, mainly because of his constant back, neck, and stomach problems.

While driving toward yet another destination, Todd uses a magnetic beam to bring Marge and Dick to Spengo. Even in outer space, Marge can’t resist taking pictures everywhere she goes, just like a tourist.

As Todd makes his moves on Marge, Dick is thrown in the dungeon. There he meets Raff (Eric Idle), who used to be the king of Spengo. All Dick has to do is escape and get word to Raff’s son Sirk (Dwier Brown) in order to fight Todd and save both Earth and Spengo. Despite Dick’s ailments, his love for Marge is what gives him the extra boost he needs to get to her. I guess love does conquer all.

Spengo has quite a few different types of creatures like bulldog men, fish women, and wild mushrooms that appear cute, but are psychotically hungry. Now there’s a more accurate relation to the Goombas from the Super Mario Bros. video games.

Soon Dick finds Sirk and his lovely sister Semage (Kathy Ireland), leading a tribe called the White Birds. It doesn’t take much for Dick to win them over. However, the tribe isn’t too bright either. Dick is their only hope to lead them to victory.

One of the funniest weapons featured is the light grenade. You just pull the pin, set it down, and anyone who picks it up disappears because it reads “Pick me up”. It sounds stupid, but it’s very affective. That makes how many soldiers vanished?

It all comes down to an exciting battle inside the fortress, along with a hilarious fight between Dick and Todd in an effort to save Marge and the Earth.

This was a good sci-fi comedy. Dick really grew as a person during his adventure on Spengo, which made him an unlikely hero.