A struggling screenwriter gets involved with Los Angeles' criminal underworld.
The focal point for the movie's oddball insanity is Marty (Colin Farrell), a writer who's creatively blocked. All he has is a title for his next book -- "Seven Psychopaths" -- and a best friend, Billy (Sam Rockwell), who splits his time between stealing dogs with Hans (Christopher Walken) and trying to be part of Marty's next book.
No one plays psychopath better than Rockwell. His actions are crazy. But no matter how bizarre he gets, there's something about the character that is extremely likable. It's a similar formula that Walken has used over the years. Bringing Rockwell and Walken together is like an awards ceremony for the Psychopathic Characters Hall of Fame.
Dracula (Adam Sandler) has created a hotel for monsters that he believes is completely hidden from the human world.
His main motivation for the creepiest lodging this side of "Psycho" is his daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez). Dracula promised his wife that he would keep their daughter safe, but that's getting more difficult now that she's 118 and ready to see the world.
There's nothing great about "Hotel Transylvania." But there's also nothing really wrong with the film.
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