Movie Review: Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)


Plot: Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel.

Rating: 7/10

I barely recall what happened in the first Hotel Transylvania, but I know I really loved it. I definitely remember the scream cheese, and to this day I find it ridiculously funny. Thus I was quite apprehensive to sit down for the sequel – not only do I have the honest and justified fear for sequelitis, I also really didn’t want to spoil the feelings I had to the first movie, especially considering the fact that I stand firm on the belief that I don’t like animation as a genre.


HT2 suffers just a little bit from sequelitis – it’s just not as cute or fun as the first film. I didn’t laugh as outrageously or root for the poor monsters as much, but it was still quite a lot of fun. Considering that Adam Sandler is involved in this film, it is a great. The film has a lot of notable names voicing the characters – Selena Gomez as Mavis, Andy Samberg is Jonathan, Mel Brooks as Vlad and Kevin James as Frankenstein – and that is only naming a few. It works because the voices suit the characters and aren’t as obviously placed as The Jungle Book.


HT2 never gets going really. I have to say I found it odd that they would touch child birthing in a movie– very awkward topics for parents to discuss with their children. Talk about interesting conversation topics coming up!

I liked the ending, but let’s face it – it would have had more impact if Dennis wasn’t a vampire in the end and then carried the message that it was okay to be normal and that you could be loved then as well.


Have you seen Hotel Transylvania 2? What did you think?

Movie Review: Goosebumps (2015)


Plot: A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R. L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison, Delaware.

Rating: 7/10


  • Jack Black in a different role was really nice
  • LoL for cameo of RL Stine
  • I remember reading and being terrified of RL Stine’s work as a teenager/kid. There was a particular book involving sponges and I still won’t open a dark cupboard under the sink for the fear of a sponge attach to my hand – but just remember, give the sponge love. There was stroking involved.
  • Goosebumps was actually really quite good considering that I usually hate these children entertainment movies. It might be the ties to the original material but the dramatic action was fun rather than grating.
  • I haven’t seen these teenage actors in anything before this and all of them did a fantastic job. The one kid really has a McLovin vive to him, doesn’t he
  • The monsters were all done really well


  • Gosh, that dummy. Goodness. And that dog.
  • I really liked the ending – something recurring about all the books were always that the evil always came back.


As mentioned, Goosebumps surprised me – I don’t enjoy these silly comedies often. The material was great, the monsters managed to be either rather scary, disgusting or slimy and the ending was solid, leaving an opening for a next movie if they wanted that on the cards. It’s definitely a movie that can be watched as light entertainment and really appropriate for any age group up from 11 – don’t show it to the little kids as it might frighten them!

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