Where does one go after spending 2 movies and numerous short films exploring the many creepy corners of Count Dracula’s (Adam Sandler) monster hotel? Why, to sea, of course. Yes, that’s right, all your favourite (?) animated monsters are going on vacation, all heralded by Drac’s daughter Mavis (Selina Gomez), who’s also feeling the need to get away from everything and take a break from raising her son, Dennis (Asher Blinkoff), with human husband Johnny (Andy Samberg). But it’s on this cruise where Drac falls for the ravishing, charismatic Captain Ericka (Kathryn Hahn), who, unbeknownst to him, is secretly the descendant of Drac’s mortal enemy, Van Helsing.
The film’s endlessly creative humour varies from hilarious to disturbing, even if it all feels very well intended. There’s a sentient volleyball screaming for help every time it gets hit that I’m never going to be able to un-see, but for every deranged and unexpected terror, there’s a joke that lands just as effectively, delivered perfectly by this stellar a-list cast. Unfortunately, with more emphasis put on the Drac and Ericka dynamic, a lot of the fan favourites, particularly Samberg’s Johnny, don’t get much time to shine.
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