Hotel Transylvania Dracula

Monday morning marks the release of the hilarious Columbia Pictures animated feature Hotel Transylvania on Blu-ray (your chance to win a copy of the Blu-ray from us HERE).

Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky of Dexter’s Lab fame (remember that?) and starring virtually the entire cast of Grown Ups, the film is a cute, highly entertaining look at life through the eyes of the monsters who are supposedly our worst nightmares but instead live in fear of us. After all, we’re the one’s brandishing fire and shouting about burning things at the stake.

After watching the film for the first time this weekend it occurred to me that I probably won’t be able to show it to my niece. Not because she’s not sophisticated enough to get it but because when Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) gets mad he’s actually pretty scary looking. This got me thinking. Were we tougher back in ‘our day’? Let’s face it some of the films we watched back in the 80s and 90s would be way to ‘extreme’ for today’s young audience (Goonies, The Dark Crystal etc.) and would definitely not manage to land anything below a 12 certificate if they were released today.

With that in mind let’s take a look at 5 MOMENTS films that small people should approach with caution because they may just make them wet their pants.


5. Monster House (2006) – The House Is Alive!

Monster House

OK, so the premise of Monster House is actually pretty cute – an old man’s dead wife inhabits their marital home (literally) because she can’t stand to be apart from him even in death. I’m not sure if it’s really fodder for a kids film though. I watched it on a flight back from Egypt once and it even made me a little nervous so imagine how awful it would be for a 3 year old to watch? And they might, it’s only a PG.

“An Englishman’s home is his castle. No one can hurt you while you’re in here”. How many of you heard that as a kid? It’s all well and good dear parents but how safe is little Jimmy going to feel when he’s seen Monster House and can’t sleep and you’re telling him he’s safe in his house? Why the Hell would he be? The house in the film was evil – and there’s a good chance so is Little Jimmy’s!

Good luck paying for all his therapy mum.

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This article was first posted on February 4, 2013