HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA to Bypass Theaters for Amazon Prime

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HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA to Bypass Theaters for Amazon Prime

By Movieguide® Staff

The fourth — and likely last — installment in the HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA movie series will bypass theaters and debut on Amazon Prime as as Sony and Amazon near a $100 million deal, according to Variety.

The trade magazine reports the first three movies have grossed $1.3 billion in theaters worldwide since 2012. However, with the changing crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic and its variants, the studio doesn’t want to take chances with theaters.

Though Sony wants to mitigate risk by bypassing the box office, the studio would do well to remember that movies with family values have ruled the pandemic box office. A QUIET PLACE 2, F9, PETER RABBIT: THE RUNAWAY, and BLACK WIDOW all contained some biblical, redemptive values, leading to their successes.

Despite a cast of monsters, Movieguide® found both the original HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA and HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION to have affirm family, marriage, and have an overall positive message.

According to the Movieguide® review for HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA:

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA is Count Dracula’s secret hotel getaway for monsters. It’s his daughter, Mavis’s, 118th birthday, and the monsters gather to party. Everyone is sure to have a great time until an uninvited guest, a human, stumbles across the castle. Jonathan and Mavis take a liking to one another. This threatens to expose her and the other monsters to the scary outside world. Now, Dracula must choose between the castle’s safety and his daughter’s happiness. With a fully booked hotel and a big party to plan, Dracula has a big hairy problem to solve.

The great visuals and punchy comedy in HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA are designed for families. However, the soft horror theme is not one to ignore. Singing and dancing monsters may seem harmless, but introducing the occult to young children may not be a wise choice. The movie teaches children not to be afraid, but it depicts monsters and villains as misunderstood. There’s also some scatological humor in HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA. Parents should be cautious about whether this content is appropriate for their children. MOVIEGUIDE® recommends applying some cautious media wisdom to HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA.

Then, our review for HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION reads:

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION is another animated adventure featuring Count Dracula. Mavis, Dracula’s daughter, thinks her cranky father needs a vacation. So, she books an airplane operated by some crazy gremlins to fly the family and their monster friends to a giant cruise ship at the Bermuda Triangle. The cruise ship is run by a beautiful blonde captain named Ericka. The minute Dracula sees Ericka, it’s love at first sight. Little does he know that Ericka is actually a descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, his arch enemy, and means harm to him and the monsters.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION is a bundle of silly fun, with several hilarious moments. The animation is spectacular and colorful. Also, everything culminates in a delightful third act. The story’s climax is filled with humor, excitement, jeopardy, toe-tapping music, and heartfelt moments. The ending not only affirms family and marriage. It also resolves everything in a positive, redemptive way. Love conquers all and redeems even the most hardened heart. HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION is a family-friendly outing, but caution is advised for younger children.

The fourth movie, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: TRANSFORMANIA, will replace Adam Sandler and Kevin James but keep Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, Molly Shannon, Keegan-Michael Key and Fran Drescher.

Sony is the only major studio without a streaming service and shops its projects around to the highest bidder.

Sony’s GREYHOUND debuted on Apple TV+ and won the Movieguide® Award for Best Movie for Mature Audiences earlier this year.