In 1895, Dracula builds a resort in Transylvania, hidden from the humans, to raise his beloved daughter Mavis in a safe environment. In the present days, the place is the Hotel Transylvania, where monsters bring their families to spend vacation far from the frightening humans. Dracula invites his friends - Frankenstein and his wife Eunice; Wayne and Wanda, the werewolves; Griffin, the invisible man; Murray, the mummy; the Bigfoot, among others - to celebrate the 118th birthday of Mavis. When the party is ready to start, the 21-year-old Jonathan is walking through the forest and stumbles at the hotel. Dracula sees Jonathan and disguises him as a monster to hide Jonathan from the guests. But Mavis also sees Jonathan and Dracula forces him to pose of a monster. Soon Mavis believes that Jonathan is the "zing" of her life despite the advices of her father about the humans.
|nudity||The Invisible Man puts powder on his invisible butt cheeks. As the group performs a song, Frankenstein's wife is seen twerking. Mavis kisses Johnny twice.|
|violence||An armored guard (which appears to be hollow) is kicked in the groin and feels pain. There is a lot of dark humor based on the fact that monsters cannot be harmed by injuries that would kill a real person. This includes heads and limbs falling off, while the charactes are still moving around and not experiencing any pain. Dracula's fanged, red-eyed roar of disapproval (that is used for comedic effect) can actually be a bit frightening and unsettling especially for young viewers as it is done in an unexpected jump-scare-mode, using extreme close ups and an eerie reddish hue. And it is repeated on multiple instances. But he makes it plain that he could never actually cause Johnny harm. The story of Mavis' mom's death at the hands of rampaging humans is told with a bit more serious tone; we see a burning building and men with torches. In one scene where Mavis visits a human village, several torch-carrying, pitchfork-wielding people surround her and yell at her. They threaten her with things dangerous to vampires (fire, garlic bread, etc.) and she becomes frightened. One of the people accidentally stabs another one in the head with his pitchfork; the stabbed man falls to the ground, dropping his torch and setting the group on fire, as Mavis flies away frightened. After she leaves, it is revealed that the "human village" was a set-up by her father to scare her into staying away from humans. The "humans" are all zombies employed by her father, and are revealed to be unharmed.|
|profanity||Mavis repeatedly uses "Holy rabies!" as an interjection.|
|frightening||Periodically throughout the film Dracula becomes angry and roars loudly as his eyes glow red. Edited to elicit a jump scare reaction. Some of the monsters may seem frightening to children. The scene where Mavis is visiting the human village may be frightening to some, as it has a few "jump scares." The scene when Dracula tells the story of his wife's and Mavis's mom's death (with flashbacks) is a bit of a tearjerker. Johnny breaks up with Mavis, acting like a jerk, but he does it to spare her feelings, since Dracula told him that a human and a vampire can't have a romantic relationship.|