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5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray for Hauntlywood!, March 24, 2014
This review is from: Monster High: Frights, Camera, Action! (Amazon Instant Video)
Where is the true Vampire Queen? What secret is Robecca Steam hiding? Will Draculaura gain her vampire powers? Who is Veronica Von Vamp? All these questions will be answered in the new Monster High movie Frights, Camera, Action! – a movie filled with new friends, exciting mysteries and surprise destinations.

The vampires have been without a queen for 400 years and Draculaura is surprised to learn that she has been chosen by an ancient jewel, The Vampire’s Heart, to be the next Vampire Queen. Draculaura, Robecca Steam, Cleo De Nile, Clawdeen Wolf (and stowaway Hoodude) head to the castle of the vampire court in Transylvania in the company of the evil Lord Stoker to attend Draculaura’s coronation. Once the ghouls reach their destination, Draculaura uncovers Lord Stoker’s plot to use her as a puppet queen so he can continue his villainous rule in the absence of the true queen. Determined to stop Lord Stoker and find the rightful queen, the Monster High gang search the castle until they find a mysterious letter that holds the first clue in their adventure.

From Transylvania the gang travel to Londoom and meet up with Clawdeen’s older sister Clawdia Wolf, who is there to study dramatic writing. Clawdia soon joins the search and helps to find the next clue that will take them to New Gorleans. While searching the ghost ship “The Bijou on the Bayou” in New Gorleans the gang meets Honey Swamp – who is onboard working on a student film. Their next stop is Hauntlywood, and the gang continues their quest while being pursued by Lord Stoker’s minion Igor. Hauntlywood is their final destination, and here the gang meets the makeup artist Viperine Gorgon who introduces them to the famous actress Veronica Von Vamp. Veronica is the key to the mystery and has the final clues to help the Monster High ghouls solve the puzzle.

While Draculaura and the others are on their journeys, back at Monster High there is a raging debate over which male lead of the Vampire Majesty movies is cuter. Is it Edweird of Alucord? The matter can only be decided in Cute Court with Twyla as the judge presiding over the matter.

Like all Monster High stories, this movie is full of positive messages for the viewers. There are themes of courage, selflessness, open mindedness and friendship throughout the story. I believe this movie is appropriate for all ages. Kids will love this movie; it is full of their favorite Monster High characters, including some of the minor players. This is a movie made for kids, but will also be enjoyed by adult cartoon watchers. (A couple of highlights are a few funny references to jazz hands and the movie director in Hauntlywood is named “Scarentino” who is looking to “dig up an old star and resurrect their career”.) This movie runs 1 Hr. 14 Mins. and also includes three animated shorts – Crime Scream Investigation, Games Ghouls Play, and Monster Morphoseas.
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