Dracula and his hotel full of cuddly monsters are back for this sequel to 2012’s spooky animated comedy.
This time around, Drac’s (Sandler) vampire daughter Mavis (Gomez) and her non-vamp hubby Jonny (Samberg) have had a son – a curly red-haired, very human-looking son. Drac is convinced it’s only a matter of time before little Dennis’s (Asher Blinkoff) fangs come in, but Mavis isn’t convinced and starts to wonder whether leaving her monster-filled home and moving to sunny California may be the best thing for her family.
Of course, this doesn’t sit well with Grandpa – sorry, Vampa – Drac, and while Mavis and Jonny are away visiting their potential new human home, he gets his monster pals (including werewolf Wayne, Frankenstein and the Invisible Man) to take little Dennis on a road trip that will hopefully bring out the kid’s batty, blood-sucking side.
As with the first movie, there are some nice gags sprinkled throughout the film, and a few minor scares too, plus the addition of Drac’s own, very traditional, vampire father Vlad (Brooks). There is a moral message about being who accepted for who you are, too, but it gets a bit squashed by the disappointingly predictable happy ending. Kids will giggle, though, while grown-ups along for the ride can at least be sure in the knowledge that this is the best thing Adam Sandler has been in since, well, the first Hotel Transylvania movie.
Is Hotel Transylvania 2 suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...
Parents should note that while this is a U certificate in the UK, it was given a PG certificate in the US for some scary images, action and rude humour.
Younger and sensitive viewers (age 6 and under) may worry when Dennis is with the monsters, and they may be scared by Drac’s father Vlad who appears later in the film.
At one point some humans dress up as zombies, which may scare younger viewers.