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Release Date: September 28th, 2012
Studio: Sony Pictures
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
Voice Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Selena Gomez, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spad, CeeLo Green, Jon Lovitz, Chris Parnell, and Andy Samberg
Plot: Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world’s most famous monsters – Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more – to celebrate his daughter Mavis’ 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but his world could come crashing down when a human stumbles on the hotel for the first time and takes a shine to Mavis.

Thoughts: I absolutely love love love the classic monsters. Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Wolfman, etc, the list goes on. Growing up one of my favorite movies was The Monster Squad, which brought so many of these characters together in one movie. Sure, at the time I thought it was a horror movie and it took many years to realize that it was more of a family comedy than an actual horror movie. Nevertheless, even as an adult, the movie still works on all levels for me. I have high hopes for Hotel Transylvania and I hope that the animated flick can capture even just a little bit of the magic of The Monster Squad. The voice cast is a who’s who of modern comedy with Adam Sandler as Dracula and Kevin James as Frankenstien and enough ex-SNLers to fill a truck. The director, Genndy Tartakovsky, has a ton of TV animation work on shows such as Dexter’s Laboratory, The Powerpull Girls, Samurai Jack, and Star Wars: Clone Wars. I am familar with the shows, but have not watched enough of any of them to get an actual opinion on the guy. He works, and works a lot, so I’m sure that is a good sign.

This very well could be a hit or miss. It has talent behind it, but will it have enough heart? We’ll see on October 5th. Are you going to be checking into Hotel Transylvania?

Today we have a weird assortment of films hitting theaters. Not quite something for everyone and no real stand outs. It should be interesting to see what takes home the box office.

First off is the film I’d be most interesting in seeing. My Bloody Valentine 3-D by director Patrick Lussier (White Noise 2: The Light, Dracula 2000 Trilogy) and starring Jensen Ackles (Supernatural), Jaime King (Sin City), and Kerr Smith (Dawson’s Creek). There is something about 3D horror that I love! When Freddy’s insides flew at the audience (Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare) or when the giant shark crashed through the glass at seaworld (Jaws 3D). It might be cheesy, but it is really entertaining. Valentine is a remake of a 1981 cult horror film. In the new version, Ackles plays Tom, a man who returns to his hometown on the 10th anniversary of a Valentine night massacre that claimed more than 20 lives. After his arrival, the murders begin again, causing Tom to be the lead suspect.

Not in the mood for horror? How about some family, kid and dog hi jinks with Hotel for Dogs. The Paramount Picture stars Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin and Friends’ Lisa Kudrow. The kids star as orphaned teens that turn an abandoned house into a canine safe haven as they attempt to provide homes for stray dogs.

Also safe for the family is Paul Blart: Mall Cop, a movie written, produced and starring Kevin James (TV’s King of Queens) as an overzealous mall security guard who is forced to step up and save the day after his mall is over run by a gang of organized criminals. The film has direction by Steve Carr who helmed the enjoyable Daddy Day Care.

Looking for something a little more adult? Fox Searchlight gives us Notorious, a biopic about the Christopher “Notorious B.I.G” Wallace from George Tillman Jr. Jamal Woolard portrays Wallace, while rising talent Derek Luke steps into the shoes of Sean Combs.

Lastly, we have Chandni Chowk to China opening in limited release. China is definitly the wackist of our new releases. Described as the first Bollywood kung fu comedy, the film follows an Indian cook (Akshay Kumar) who is mistaken in China as the reincarnation of an ancient peasant warrior and is forced to fight a notorious smuggler. The film costars Deepika Padukone and Chia Hui Liu.