Van Helsing The London Assignment 2004 Trailer Cruise

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (known internationally as Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation[5]) is an upcoming 2018 American 3Dcomputer-animatedhorror comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation and animated by Sony Pictures Imageworks. It is the third installment in the Hotel Transylvania franchise and the sequel to Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015). The film will be directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and co-written with Michael McCullers, and feature the reprised roles of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Asher Blinkoff, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, Fran Drescher, Molly Shannon and Mel Brooks. It is scheduled to be released by Sony Pictures on July 13, 2018.[citation needed]


Taking place six years after the events of the previous film, the story centers on Dracula, Mavis, Johnny and the rest of their family, both human and monster, and friends as they take a vacation on a luxury Monster Cruise Ship, where Dracula is at love at first site, with the ship's mysterious captain, Ericka, who is secretly the descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, the notorious monster slayer and Dracula's ancient archenemy.[6] Now it is time for Mavis to be the leader of the "Drac Pack" and rally everyone up so they can stop Dracula, before it's too late.

Voice cast[edit]

Main article: List of Hotel Transylvania characters

  • Adam Sandler as Count Dracula, the 545-year-old lord of the vampires and founder of Hotel Transylvania. He was the loving husband of the late Martha, father of Mavis, father-in-law of Johnny, and maternal grandfather of Dennis.
  • Andy Samberg as Jonathan "Johnny" Loughran, a 34-year-old human, Mavis's husband and Dennis' father.[7]
  • Selena Gomez as Mavis, the 131-year-old daughter of Dracula and the late Martha, vampire wife of 34-year-old human Johnny, Dennis' vampire mother, and Vlad's granddaughter.
  • Asher Blinkoff as Dennis Loughran, Mavis and Johnny's son who is a human/vampire hybrid, having inherited his vampire abilities from his mother and is half human due to his father. He has a crush on Winnie, young werewolf daughter of Wayne and Wanda.
  • Kevin James as Frank/Frankenstein[8]
  • Steve Buscemi as Wayne, a werewolf.[8]
  • David Spade as Griffin the Invisible Man[8]
  • Keegan-Michael Key as Murray, a mummy.[8]
  • Fran Drescher as Eunice, Frankenstein's wife.[8]
  • Molly Shannon as Wanda, Wayne's werewolf wife.[8]
  • Mel Brooks as Vlad, Dracula's father, Mavis' paternal grandfather, Dennis' maternal great-grandfather, and Johnny's grandfather-in-law.
  • Sadie Sandler as Winnie, the werewolf daughter of Wayne and Wanda, and Dennis' best friend. She has a crush on Dennis.
  • Genndy Tartakovsky as Blobby, a green blob.[9] He was previously voiced by Jonny Solomon in Hotel Transylvania 2.


In September 2015, Michelle Murdocca, the film's producer, said before the second film's release that the studio was "talking about number 3 and moving forward and taking the franchise to the next level", but she and director Genndy Tartakovsky would not return, since they were working on Tartakovsky's Can You Imagine?[10] before that project was later shelved.[11] That same month, Tartakovsky revealed that he would not be returning for the sequel, telling TheWrap that "two is enough. I have a lot of other ideas, and I kind of have to express them and have them come out."[12] In November 2015, Sony Pictures Animation announced that the third film, under the tentative title of Hotel Transylvania 3, will be released on September 21, 2018.[13]

Despite previously leaving the series to develop other projects, Tartakovsky later confirmed that he would return as the director for this installment.[7][10]Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, and Andy Samberg would also reprise their previous roles as Dracula, Mavis, and Johnny in the film, which was being written by Austin Powers writer Michael McCullers.[7] In June 2016, Sony Pictures Animation also confirmed that director Tartakovsky would be returning for the third film, after taking a leave of absence to work on the final season of his show Samurai Jack.[14] According to Tartakovsky, he returned after he got an inspiration from a "miserable" family vacation and major inspiration for the film from the Chevy ChaseNational Lampoon's Vacation movies as the film would take place aboard a cruise ship.[15][16][17] By early November 2017, the film had been entitled as Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.[18]


Mark Mothersbaugh, the composer of the first two films, will return to compose the music for this film also.[citation needed]


Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation was originally scheduled for a September 21, 2018 release.[19] However, on February 6, 2017, it was moved two months earlier to July 13, 2018, switching over to Goosebumps: Horror Land.[20]


The first teaser trailer was released online on November 16, 2017 and was later released in theaters before screenings of The Star the next day.[21][22]


  1. ^"Sony Pictures Animation". Sony Pictures Animation. Retrieved 29 March 2017. 
  2. ^"Columbia Pictures Press Kit - Hotel Transylvania"(PDF). 
  3. ^ ab"Film releases". Variety Insight. Retrieved November 11, 2017. 
  4. ^Pressburg, Matt (July 17, 2017). "Why Sony, LStar Movie Finance Deal Fell Apart: Flops, 'Ghostbusters' and Feet on Desk (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  5. ^Sony Pictures Entertainment (November 16, 2017). HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: A Monster Vacation – International Trailer #1 (Trailer). YouTube. Retrieved December 28, 2017. 
  6. ^Moore, Debi (18 January 2017). "Synopsis and More Details on Hotel Transylvania 3 - Dread Central". Dread Central. Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
  7. ^ abcAmid Amidi (June 20, 2016). "Genndy Tartakovsky Isn't Done With 'Hotel Transylvania,' Will Direct Third Film in Franchise". Retrieved June 20, 2016. 
  8. ^ abcdef"Hotel Transylvania 3: Here's Your First Look at the Drac Pack". October 5, 2017. Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  9. ^"See the first photo of Adam Sandler's Drac on vacation in 'Hotel Transylvania 3'". USA TODAY. Retrieved 9 October 2017. 
  10. ^ abRoberts, Sheila (September 25, 2015). "20 Things to Know About 'Hotel Transylvania 2′". Collider. Retrieved November 3, 2015. 
  11. ^Wills, Scott (July 8, 2017). "Story pitch art for a Genndy Tartakovsky feature that didn't get made. Characters designed by Craig Kellman". Instagram. Retrieved December 28, 2017. 
  12. ^Verhoeven, Beatrice (September 29, 2015). "'Hotel Transylvania 2' Director Confirms He Won't Return for Third Movie: 'Two is Enough'". TheWrap. Retrieved November 3, 2015. 
  13. ^Lesnick, Silas (November 2, 2015). "Hotel Transylvania 3 Opens Its Doors in 2018!". Retrieved November 3, 2015. 
  14. ^Kit, Borys (June 20, 2016). "Sony Unveils Plans for Animated 'Spider-Man' and 'Emojimovie: Express Yourself'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 21, 2016. 
  15. ^Grobar, Matt (January 18, 2017). "Sony Pictures Animation Details Upcoming Slate, Including Julia Roberts' 'Smurfs' Role". Deadline. Retrieved January 30, 2017. 
  16. ^Mendelson, Scott (January 19, 2017). "Sony Pictures Animation Unveils 'Spider-Man,' 'Hotel Transylvania 3,' 'Smurfs' And More". Forbes. Retrieved January 30, 2017. 
  17. ^Drum, Nicole (October 5, 2017). "'Hotel Transylvania 3' Reveals First-Look Photo". ComicBook. Retrieved December 28, 2017. 
  18. ^"Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 16 November 2017. 
  19. ^Lesnick, Silas (November 2, 2015). "Hotel Transylvania 3 Opens Its Doors in 2018!". Retrieved November 3, 2015. 
  20. ^"Sony Pictures 2018 Schedule Shifts Hotel Transylvania, Bad Boys, Goosebumps and More". February 6, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2017. 
  21. ^"Drac Goes Hawaiian for New 'Hotel Transylvania 3' Poster; Trailer Tomorrow - Bloody Disgusting". November 15, 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017. 
  22. ^"HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION - Official Trailer (HD)". YouTube. November 16, 2017. Retrieved November 16, 2017. 

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The 5 Best Movies to Add a bit of Steam to your Halloween

Guys, this was hard. Like, waaaaaaaay harder than I expected. It turns out there are LOT of Steampunk movies with a bit of the gothic or macabre so they’d work for Halloween. I decided to choose five categories and provide both my pick plus at least one runner-up in that category. Luckily for us, it’s still 28 days until Halloween so you’ve got plenty of time to watch them all!

Best Steampunk Halloween Movie with…


Crimson Peak (2015) came out just in time for Halloween last year and it was fabulous. These were some of the scariest, most amazingly rendered ghosts I have ever seen, and they did a clever job of making the main character’s life mirror the book she was trying to write. If you want something sincerely spine-tingling, check this one out.

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Runner-up: The Woman in Black


Van Helsing (2004) was one of the first movies I ever reviewed for the site and it still holds its own against newer titles. This flick brings together Dracula, the wolf man, and Frankenstein’s monster, not to mention Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale in the lead roles. Though more of an adventure than a horror film, the special effects definitely bring in some of that special Halloween freak-factor you’re looking for.

Read the full review

Runner-up: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (2012)

…A “Fractured Fairy Tale”…

The Brothers Grimm (2005) continues to be among my all-time favorite movies, and if you haven’t seen it you simply must seek it out this Halloween season. It follows the exploits of two con men as they discover all the stories they tell their unwitting victims are actually true…

Read full review and check out the Fairy Tale Guide/Drinking Game

Runner-up: Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters (2013)


Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidoqc (2001), known simply as Vidoqc in France, is a stunning piece of film, and creepy to boot. The titular character was actually a real detective in France in the 1800s, and among the first to use forensic methods to solve crimes. Over time, his almost “magical” ability to catch criminals led to a mythos involving the supernatural, and in the film they take this to the extreme.

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Runner-up: City of Lost Children (1995)

…Johnny Depp

So, it turns out there are at least three different Steampunk Halloweenish films that star the oh so talented Mr. Depp, so he gets his own category. If I have to choose my favorite, I think I’d have to go with Sweeny Todd (2007), but only because I love the music as much as the movie. There is plenty of gore, but also a touch of macabre comedy in this one, unlike the two runners up (see below)

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Runners-up: From Hell (2001) and Sleepy Hollow (1999)

What do you think? Did I miss one of your steamy Halloween favorite? Leave a comment!

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October 3, 2016 | Categories: Entertainment, Movies and Television | Tags: Crimson Peak, ghosts, halloween, Johnny Depp, Monsters, Movies, scary, Spooky, steam punk, Steampunk, Van Helsing | Leave a comment

Review: Action to the Word’s Dracula at Ed Fringe 2014

When I got my tickets for this Steampunk rendition of Bram Stoker’s novel I had no idea it was a world premiere. The packed house was rowdy even for a 9:20pm start time, aided no doubt by the chaos in the Pleasance courtyard below. The set is composed mostly of low scaffolding that is used athletically by the extremely physical Dracula and co. I love a show where the actors are also the musicians, and this ensemble included not only the essential elements of a rock band, but also a violin, bass, flute and cello that were expertly played and nearly flying across the stage in this extremely energetic performance. The costumes were fantastic, especially those of Mina and Lucy and I coveted every corset.

Dr. Joanna Seward rocking the strings.

The director, Alexandra Spencer-Jones, made some interesting choices with gender, most obviously making Doctor Seward female. One of Dracula’s ‘wives’ was male, which also added an interesting twist to the story that everyone thinks they know. This was definitely an adaptation of the famous movie, using many of the details that were added to the film that never appeared in the book. But, they made some other additions like great stage combat and a more empowered Mina for their own flavor and I really enjoyed the whole performance, which included original songs as well as covers of some unexpected ones.

The only downside was the audience itself. One girl in my row got nauseous from the special effects blood (of which there is a lot, so be prepared if you are squeamish), but the worst were the idiots who laughed over and over at inappropriate moments. For some reason just the name Van Helsing elicited giggles. These were also the same people who gave a standing ovation at the end though, which makes me think they were probably friends and family of the actors and were reacting more to seeing their loved ones acting strangely than to the acting itself, which was great. Renfield’s crazy and Lucy’s delirium were fantastic, and the manic Dracula was alternatingly sensual and spasmatic (in the best possible way).

The company, Action to the Word, has been touring all over the world with its version of A Clockwork Orange, and this is their newest addition to theater scene.

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There is more than one Dracula at Fringe this year, so make sure you get tickets for the right one!

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August 16, 2014 | Categories: Books, Graphic Novels and Adaptations, Entertainment, Performing Arts, Steam Tour | Tags: Action to the Word, Bram Stoker, Doctor Seward, Dracula, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Fringe Fest, Fringe, Jonathan Harker, Mina Murray, Performing Arts, steam punk, Steampunk, Van Helsing | Leave a comment

10,000 Views and Counting…

Overnight last night my ticker for total views of this website reached and then surpassed 10,000! It’s amazing what can happen even when you are sleeping. Thanks so much to everyone who has been sharing my site and my Kickstarter project around the interwebs, I wouldn’t have come this far without you.

But, many of you fine people have only been following me for a short time, and you may have missed some fun stuff before you arrived. In honor of my first 10,000 views, I am highlighting 10 posts from that time period for you to check out. I am also a stats junky, so I am including some facts from my stats that I also find interesting at the bottom.

10 Posts You Don’t Want to Miss!

(in no particular order)

The Illusionist (2006)

1. Steampunk Sourcebook: The Illusionist. This was one of my first “sourcebook” style posts, and I learned so much about slight of hand and magicians from the steam era during my research. I will do a similar post of The Prestige at some point in the future, but The Illusionist is so hauntingly beautiful I had to do it first.

2. Festival of Flame at the 2012 Paralymics. Did you know that the closing ceremony for the Paralympics was totally steampunk? There is a nice photo gallery and a youtube video in this post.

They didn’t call it the Festival of Flame for nothing!

3. Making it to the Party Early Does NOT Make it Your Party. This is by far the longest editorial article I have written, and I feel strongly that Steampunk needs to be an inclusive movement to stay true to its roots.

Jellyfish, artist unknown

4. Mechanical Menagerie: Under the Sea. I found some fun mechanical animals to showcase, as well as an amazing short film featuring fish and other under sea beasties made out of everyday things.

5. Music to Steampunk by: Caravan Palace. I LOVE this electronic-gypsy-swing band and I think you will, too.

6. Steampunk Sourcebook: Cephlapods. Since the Cthulu first started to call, octopusses and squid have been wiggling their way into Steampunk. Check out this photo gallery of photos, as well as a mind-blowing documentary called Kings of Camouflage. 

7. A Few Thoughts About Steampunk and War. This was my rebuttal to an article by Harry Markov in Beyond Victoriana that insists that Steampunk is inextricably linked to war.

Curiosities Shadowbox by ForWhomTheGearTurns

8. My Artwork  I don’t want to brag, but I have been making some pretty cool stuff lately. I sort of work in 2.5 dimensions to create shadow boxes with elements that suggest a 3 dimensional object. I love using scrapbook paper that resembles maps, newsprint, scientific illustrations, and Victorian wallpaper patterns to infuse my geometric layouts with a Steampunk vibe.

9. Steampunk Book Review: The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack. I really enjoyed this book about the truth behind a Victorian bogeyman.

10. The Brothers Grimm (2005) Punks Your Favorite Fairy Tales. Can you spot more than the dozen fairy tale references than I did? This is a really fun movie with a great cast.

Most Popular Posts

Van Helsing (2004)

Van Helsing Mixes Monsters for Movie Magic. Alliteration aside, I really enjoyed Stephen Sommers’ re-imagining of the stories of Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster and wolfman, and apparently so do many people! This post has gotten 3 times the traffic as any other.

Music to Steampunk by: Lindsey Stirling. There are two awesome videos awaiting you in this post about an amazing young violinist who fuses the old and the new.

Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq. This surreal french film practically drips Steampunk and is gorgeous to boot.

Have a great weekend!

Only hours to go… Steam Tour: An American Steampunk in London

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May 10, 2014 | Categories: Artwork, Books, Graphic Novels and Adaptations, DIY and Crafts, Home Decor and Accessories, Movies and Television, Music to Steampunk by, Scholarship, Editorials and Opinions | Tags: Books, Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq, Frankenstein, Graphic Novels, home decor, Movies, steam punk, Steampunk, The Brothers Grimm, The Illusionist, The Prestige, Van Helsing, Victorian era | 2 Comments

Van Helsing is Getting a Reboot and I Can’t say I’m Happy About It

Tom Cruise “saluting” the symbol of Scientology, which is inexplicably a cross

So the first Van Helsing movie was great and I was really hoping for a sequel. Unfortunately, what we are going to get is a “reboot” with professional crazy person Tom Cruise at the wheel. Apparently Universal Studios is seeing fit to do this to both of Stephen Sommers’ monster blockbusters, so The Mummy will also be getting a makeover by the same redundancy-loving writers who saw fit to reboot Spiderman only 5 years after Toby Maguire kicked all of his enemies back to the funny pages. Ugh.

Does anyone else feel like there isn’t anything new anymore coming out of Hollywood? Do they think we are stupid or just have extremely short attention spans? Rebooting Batman was genius because it has been around forever and had basically slipped into the realm of farce in Batman and Robin, but Van Helsing the billowy-coat monster hunter is a character that Sommers created only 10 years ago and there is nothing at all wrong with the original.

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January 27, 2014 | Categories: Movies and Television | Tags: steam punk, Steampunk, steampunk blog, Stephen Sommers, tom cruise, Van Helsing, Van Helsing reboot | 10 Comments

Van Helsing: The London Assignment is an Animated “Diamond in the Rough”

While researching for my Van Helsing Mixes Monsters for Movie Magic post I found out that there was a cartoon short released in conjunction with the major motion picture. Van Helsing: The London Assignment tells the story of what Van Helsing is doing in the days leading up to the start of the film.

Van Helsing

Van Helsing is on the trail of a vicious London-based murderer who not only kills his lovely female victims, but leaves their bodies twisted and mummified. But even after this string of heinous crimes, the order to which Van Helsing belongs demands that he try to capture the fiend and save his soul from damnation.

Hyde on train

He soon meets the monster, none other than the giant Mr. Hyde who helps Hugh Jackman open the live-action movie. In an interesting twist, Dr. Jekyll is every bit as evil (or even eviler) than his alter ego, but he is doing all in the name of love.

Years earlier his eyes met those of the young and beautiful Queen Victoria and he believes to that day that she fell in love with him in the same instance. Jekyll uses a potion concocted of the souls of his victims to grant her a new lease on life and with the help of his hellish minions he absconds with her to his fiery layer deep below the city. How will Van Helsing (and Carl the monk, of course) rescue the queen and save the day?

I called this 30 minute short a “diamond in the rough” because a lot of the animation is jerky and reminiscent of Hanna Barbara cartoons (no offense Scooby Doo!) with intermittent flashes of brilliance. The action sequences clearly got more love (or maybe just a bigger budget) than other scenes, which is to be expected, but it was kind of distractingly lopsided. That being said, it is a fun story that made me alternatingly chuckle and say “whoa!” It really felt like a noir comic book come to life, which was cool to see.

There is a nice documentary in the special features about the making of the live-action movie which is really cool. I learned that both Kate Beckingsale and Hugh Jackman did most if not all of their own amazing stunts.

You can watch the full cartoon through youtube below!

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January 13, 2014 | Categories: Movies and Television | Tags: Hugh Jackman, steam punk, Steampunk, steampunk blog, steampunk movies, steampunk TV, Van Helsing, Van Helsing: The London Assignment | 2 Comments

Van Helsing (2004) Mixes Monsters for Movie Magic

Stephen Sommers, who brought us the special effects-laden reboot of The Mummy in 1999, also lent his imagination (as well as his pen) to create Van Helsing in 2004. Even though both films are almost a decade or more old they are some of my absolute favorites for their combination of action, visual effects and fun.

Gabriel Van Helsing (played by Hugh Jackman) is a monster hunter with a mysterious past. He is employed by the Catholic church to seek out and destroy evil, but remembers nothing before he was charged with his holy quest. As far as I can tell, the only thing this Van Helsing has in common with the Dutch doctor and do-gooder Abraham Van Helsing of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula is the name.

The film starts with an homage to classic black and white movies as an angry mob attacks castle Frankenstein in 1887. Sommers’ twist is that the good doctor’s financial backer is none other than Count Dracula. Van Helsing enters the movie with an epic confrontation between him and a truly monstrous Mr. Hyde (of TheStrange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) on the rooftop of Notre Dame. Later, Van Helsing is charged with slaying Dracula in time to protect the souls of the Valerius family, who vowed they would never rest until the vampire met his demise. With the help of his techno-whiz sidekick, a friar named Carl, Van Helsing travels to Transylvania and to aid the last members of the tragic tribe before nine generations are shut out of heaven.

Sommers’ creates a plot that incorporates Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster, as well as the Wolfman. He also gives a much larger role to Dracula’s three ‘brides’ (which by the way, are not identified as such in the novel) and they provide some wonderful action sequences as they terrorize the nearby village as flying monsters in order to hunt down Anna Valerius (played by Kate Beckinsale). Though the roots of this movie clearly come from a love of classic horror films, the time, literary characters and gadgets (like a gas-powered repeating crossbow) land it squarely in the Steampunk canon.

There is an animated prequel called Van Helsing: The London Assignment which you can read more about and watch here.

I also recently found out that there is another Van Helsing movie planned, but it is going to be a “reboot” starring Tom Cruise. Check out that story here.

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Frankenstein’s Monster

Dracula’s Brides

Dracula and the monster

Dracula and Anna Valerius

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