Friday, August 25, 2006

Hotel Transylvania

Anthony Stacchi and David Feiss are directing an animated movie called Hotel Transylvania. They describe it as a domestic drama a la The Sopranos, but with classic monster characters. The Bride of Frankenstein is leaving the Monster; Dracula's Daughter is causing problems for her dad; the Wolf Man and the Mummy have troubles of their own. So far, so good.

What concerns me is the comedic level of the previous work of the two directors (see below), as well as their take on the concept. In an interview with Sci Fi Wire, Stacchi says, "As a kid... I always felt bad for the monsters. I didn't get the sort of Victorian horror of Frankenstein and Dracula. I was like, 'Why don't they leave them alone? Why are they beating them up? Why do they shoot King Kong? Leave them alone.' And I always wanted to do a movie where you'd get to see that other side of them and see why they were these sort of sad, tortured souls. I mean, Frankenstein didn't ask to be made. Werewolf didn't ask to be made a werewolf. Or the rest of them."

The thing is, King Kong, Frankenstein, and The Wolf Man did a pretty darn good job showing that their monsters were both sad and tortured. There's no need for a cartoon made by the creators of Open Season and ALF: The Animated Series to hammer that idea home. As for "the rest of them," maybe I didn't see the same versions of those movies that Stacchi did, but I'm pretty sure that Dracula and the Mummy were just evil and deserved what they got.

1 comment:

West said...

re: "I'm pretty sure that Dracula and the Mummy were just evil and deserved what they got."


I might have to start up a "Blog quote of the day" thingee. You'd win it, today.


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