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'Hotel Transylvania' is a Howl

A new animation about vampires is a twisted version of "Twilight," with a whole bunch of fart jokes. The good news is it doesn't stink.

'Hotel Transylvania' is a Howl

Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy...they all come out in this 3D animation where monsters who have to get away from humans and the horrors of modern life head to Hotel Transylvania.

Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) is the head of the house at Hotel Transylvania. And when his daughter Mavis (voiced by Selena Gomez) longs for the human world, problems arise, causing quite a scare for the hotel guests.

There are more than a dozen celebrity voiceover characters here which does add to the mainly slapstick animation consisting of supernatural chase scenes and jokes involving excrement, ectoplasmic goo, rear ends and breaking wind.  The film is a perfectly Halloween-themed movie for kids, but leaves very little for the adults.

It's a fun film but the 3D really isn't necessary, and the storyline, as you might expect, is predictable. The funny gags and lovable characters help make this film, so the Flick-O-Meter gives Hotel Transylvania a three out of five. It's good enough for the trick-or-treat crowd but it certainly could have used a bit more bite and a lot less gas.

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