Just in time to help you enjoy the full Hotel Transylvania trilogy with the release of Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, I’ve been invited by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to give away a double feature of Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2. If you’re not familiar with the overall storyline it’s quite amusing: Dracula is a single dad who has ended up running a resort hotel catering to a rather monstrous clientele. Because monsters need somewhere to let their, uh, tentacles (and occasionally hair) down too, right?
The first film was released in 2012 and featured the voice talents of Adam Sandler (as Dracula), Selena Gomez (as his daughter Mavis), Andy Samberg (as her fiancee and the token non-monster human Jonathan), Kevin James (Frankenstein), Jon Lovitz (Quasimodo), Fran Drescher (Eunice), Steve Buscemi (Wayne), David Spade (Griffin) and CeeLo Green (Murray). In a lot of ways, #1 is the best film in the series because it not only introduces us to each of the monsters in a very kid-friendly way, but because it has the most accessible story about Mavis and Jonathan falling in love. Not, I might add, with the approval of the parents; “What? You can’t marry a human!”
The DVD release features “Goodnight Mr. Foot” Mini-Movie, 3 Deleted Scenes, a music video by Becky G featuring will.i.am, and commentary track by Director Genndy Tartakovsky, Producer Michelle Murdocca, and Visual Effects Supervisor Daniel Kramer. Cool, eh?
Hotel Transylvania 2, released in 2015, leaves the hotel as Drac takes his grandson Dennis (yes, Mavis and Jonathan have a half human, half monster child) to a monster-in-training boot camp. Though the film veers somewhat towards the fairy tale staple of single parenting, there are a lot of families in this second film too, most notably the hilarious werewolf family of Wayne & Wanda and their uncountable offspring. Easily some of the funniest scenes in the movie. I reviewed it when it came out too: My Hotel Transylvania 2 Review.
HT2 special features are a bit less extensive than HT1, featuring two commentary tracks with the movie, one from director Genndy Tartakovsy and the other with Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel and Allen Covert talking about their characters and the storyline.
The third film in the series, the one that’s just hitting the movie theaters, is Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, and it spends even less time at the actual hotel! This time everyone’s heading to a cruise ship to have a vacation from the stress and work of running the hotel. Presumably Hotel Transylvania is actually closed during the cruise because pretty much every single character from the first two films is on the boat.
There are lots of funny sight gags and an entertaining story, even if HT3 isn’t quite as fun as the first film. The first ten minutes or so, however, with Van Helsing (voice of Jim Gaffigan) vs. Dracula as a flashback, is quite entertaining and compensates for some weaknesses in the story and flow later in the movie. And the Kraken. Maybe in HT4 they’ll bring Cthulhu into the mix!
HOW TO WIN
I know, you want to get this freebie double feature from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment of Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2 on DVD? To enter is easy: Answer one of these monster trivia questions in the comments section of this blog post, and make sure to include your correct email address:
- How does a vampire make someone else a vampire?
- Is “Frankenstein” the monster, or the scientist who created the monster?
- How does the Invisible Man wash his face?
- Did The Mummy have a father?
- Where wolf?
- Who is Cthulhu?
Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Void where prohibited. A winner will be randomly selected based on all entrants who have commented on this post by July 20, 2018 at noon PST. Good luck.