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Kids vs. Monsters

By Jeff Michael Vice
Special to MSN Movies

Could "Hotel Transylvania" be the most horrifying movie Adam Sandler has done to date? After all, the "Saturday Night Live" alumnus's cinematic output has included such horrors as "Dirty Work" (1998), in which he played Satan; the devil's offspring comedy "Little Nicky" (2000); and, even more frightening, last year's cross-dressing stint, "Jack and Jill" ... shudder!

But wait. Before you answer that question, take a good look at the trailers and ads for "Hotel Transylvania." The digitally animated horror-comedy, currently in theaters, features Sandler as the voice of Count Dracula. He is pitted against another former "Saturday Night Live" star, Andy Samberg. The Lonely Island co-creator voices Jonathan, a backpacker who stumbles upon the Count's hidden castle/resort for monsters and is entranced by Drac's daughter, Mavis (voiced by Selena Gomez).

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(Interestingly, Sandler and Samberg recently starred as father and son in "That's My Boy.") Sandler also re-teams here with his pals Kevin James, David Spade and Jon Lovitz, who voice Frankenstein's Monster, the Invisible Man and Quasimodo. The wild card in all this may be the film's director: Genndy Tartakovsky. As an animator and producer, Tartakovsky was responsible for some of our favorite recent cartoons, including "Dexter's Laboratory," "The Powerpuff Girls," "Samurai Jack," "Sym-Bionic Titan" and the first iteration of "Star Wars: Clone Wars."

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And lest we forget, one of the screenwriters is yet another "SNL" veteran, Robert Smigel. You may know him better as the voice of the outrageous Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog. Again, we'll see if Sandler and company can get some genuine jolts and yuks when the movie hits theaters. In the meantime, here are a few of our favorite movies that pit monsters or monstrous creatures against kids, be they preteens or teens.

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