Australian Council on Children and the Media

Hotel Transylvania

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What’s it about?

Count Dracula or Drac, as he prefers to be called, has built a nice retreat from the human world, which is the Hotel Transylvania. This hotel welcomes all ghosts, ghouls, monsters, vampires, etc. but not human beings as Drac thinks that humans want to dominate the world and extinguish all other life forms. Drac decides to throw a party for his daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday and invites all the famous monsters such as Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Invisible Man and others.  What he doesn’t expect is a human called Jonathon turning up.

Drac decides to let Jonathon stay as he’s not like other human beings he knows and disguises him as a monster for the party. He’s not ready however, for Jonathan to take a liking to Mavis.

What to look out for

Quite a lot of scary scenes in this movie such as:

  • Drac often loses his temper making his face turn fiery red and his eyes glow red like a devil’s. He also roars like a wild beast.
  • Drac and Mavis often transform into bats and fly about. Drac gets seriously burned one time when he’s flying as a bat.
  • Corpses rise from the grave.
  • Several monsters collapse and fall apart but their body parts are still moving.
  • Zombies set fire to a village and some zombies are seen on fire.

There’s also some violence in this movie such as:

  • Drac pushes Jonathan across a room and against a wall using magical powers.
  • Jonathon gets bound with a rope and punched in the head.

Moral of the Story

We shouldn’t judge other people by their appearances or if they look different to other people.  We should get to know someone first.

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