Monster Family

Certificate: PG

Voices of: Emily Watson, Jason Isaacs, Nick Frost, Jessica Brown Findlay, Celia Imrie, Catherine Tate

Release date: 2018

2 out of 5


A nicely animated but rather forgettable monster movie for kids, Monster Family tells the story of the New York family the Wishbones. After reluctantly going to a Halloween costume party, the family are cursed by an evil witch and transformed into real versions of the costumes they were wearing – meaning mum, dad and two kids are now a vampire, a mummy, a werewolf and Frankenstein’s monster.

With confusing detours to the London Eye and Egypt, a lot of the movie makes little sense (why is Dracula using a jet pack – surely he has wings?), while the humour mainly concerns fart gags that even little kids will find tedious. The voice cast make the best of it – Jason Isaacs, as Dracula, has the most fun – but in the end it’s not as good as Hotel Transylvania and its sequel.

Fine for watching on a rainy day on TV, but not worth making the effort to head to the cinema for.

Parents’ Notes

This film should be fine for children over the age of 7 unless they are very sensitive.

There are a few minor scary moments – vampire mum craves blood at one point, and the witch may frighten younger viewers – but it is mainly mild threat.

As mentioned in the review, there is some rude humour, mainly concerning the father’s farting.

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