WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Sony’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, in theaters now.
The Hotel Transylvania franchise has always found a way to bring humor to its emotive stories. In the 2012 original, fans got their fill as Dracula (Adam Sandler) tried to stop his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) from falling for the human Johnny (Andy Samberg). The 2015 sequel took a more lighthearted approach as Dracula tried to determine whether his young grandson Dennis (Asher Blinkoff) was indeed a vampire, which led to laugh-out-loud encounters with his own father Vlad (Mel Brooks).
The third chapter, Summer Vacation, smartly blends the best of both movies, as Dracula embarks on a family cruise, where he does the unthinkable and finds true love once more.
What ensues is nothing short of comedic chaos, so let's take a look at Summer Vacation's funniest moments.
Abraham Van Helsing's Incompetence
Movie audiences are accustomed to seeing the Van Helsing family as ruthless, intimidating vampire hunters, but in Hotel Transylvania 3, they're, well, definitely not that. In the opening sequence, we're left in tears watching Abraham Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan) try to kill Dracula, only to fail over and over again.
Dracula comes off like the Road Runner, easily escaping Abraham's Wile E. Coyote in their showdowns. From car crashes to plane crashes to collapsing caves, Abraham has zero luck in slaying the vampire. That trait is passed along to his granddaughter Ericka (Kathryn Hahn). The bodily damage from these scenes are so brutal, they change Abraham into half-man, half-machine, which actually make him an even bigger joke.
Dracula's Dance of Death
As Ericka goes about her family's ambition of killing all monsters, she lures Dracula and his friends to the ocean cruise. With Dracula as her prime target, she fumbles her own attempts on his life, only to fall in love with him in the process. Fighting her feelings, she attempts to carry out her plan, and seeks a powerful relic from the lost city of Atlantis, only for Dracula to follow.
They meet in the ruins of the sunken city, where Dracula woos her with a Latin dance number as she finally embraces her emotions. As they navigate the "dance floor" -- a pyramid that leads to the relic -- each step sets off a booby trap that Dracula helps them to evade using his powers, while shielding Ericka from arrows, spikes and falling rocks.