Ranking the Hotel Transylvania Movies from Worst to Best
The Hotel Transylvania movies are the perfect choice for family-friendly entertainment especially during the Halloween season. I already chronicled and rated every movie individually, so now it’s time to rank the Hotel Transylvania franchise from worst to best!
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* This ranking is spoiler free, so if you haven’t seen these movies your safe to proceed.
3rd Place: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is another solid entry into this family-friendly series of animated movies. It was genuinely funny and full of memorable characters, voiced by a talented cast.
If you enjoyed the first two Hotel Transylvania films than you’ll likely enjoy Summer Vacation. It stays true to the formula with the same characters returning and adds Jim Gaffigan(Van Helsing), Kathryn Hahn(Ericka) and Joe Jonas(The Kraken) to the mix.
The movie was vibrant and colorful although some of the animations were odd, when compared to the previous Hotel Transylvania films. Facial expressions and body language were more exaggerated, in particular with Dracula(Adam Sandler).
Music continues to play an important role in the series and there’s a scene, towards the end of the film, that will have you singing along.
Hotel Transylvania 3 is a enjoyable family film that sure to garner laughs from the kids and adults alike. It’s not quite as good as the original movie but it’s still an excellent choice for some light-hearted fun.
My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
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2nd Place: Hotel Transylvania 2
Hotel Transylvania 2 wasn’t quite as good as the first movie but it sill managed to deliver plenty of laughs. Most of the original cast return for the sequel with a few exceptions, most notably CeeLo Green as Murray, being replaced by Keegan-Michael Key. Mel Brooks joins the team as Vlad(the Vampa!) and, not surprisingly, delivers a wonderful performance.
The story had good pacing but a few of the scenes felt rushed. The first few minutes of the film see multiple passages of time, spanning many years, glossing over important moments in the character’s life’s.
A few of the jokes carry-over from the original and they continue to be funny the second time around. “Blah, Blah, Blah” still manages to get chuckles in my home.
The animation was colorful, pleasing to the eye and on par with the other Hotel Transylvania movies. Sony incorporated too much advertising into the film with their Sony Vaio computers and Sony smartphones making several appearances.
Hotel Transylvania 2 is an excellent choice for a family friendly Halloween movie and a worthy sequel to the original.
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
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1st Place: Hotel Transylvania
Hotel Transylvania is a popular movie at my house during the Halloween season. It’s an ideal candidate for a family friendly film to watch with your kids. There’s a recurring joke in the movie about Dracula(Adam Sandler) saying “Blah, Blah, Blah” and how he “doesn’t say that!” It’s a line that’s proven to have legs beyond the movie and I hear repeated around my home frequently.
Hotel Transylvania has an all-star cast and each character is expertly voice acted. Jon Lovitz as Quasimodo and Steve Buscemi as Wayne the Werewolf were stand-outs, but everyone was in top-form. Adam Sandler really shines as Dracula and his interactions with Mavis(Selena Gomez) have a genuine father-daughter quality to them.
The writing is excellent with plenty of laughs and I find myself enjoying this movie(and it’s sequels) every year. While not as polished as some of the animated offerings from Pixar, it’s still a crowd pleasing comedy that I whole-heartedly recommend.
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
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That wraps up my ranking of the Hotel Transylvania movies from worst to best. I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to leave your rankings in the comments section below!
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