Hotel Transylvania and 4 more family-friendly horrors to watch this week on Netflix (April 15)

Not all horror is terrifiying, check out some great family friendly movies and shows in the genre.
Wanda (Molly Shannon), Wayne (Steve Buscemi), Murray (Keegan-Michael Key), Mavis (Selena Gomez), Blobby, and Ericka (Kathryn Hahn) in Columbia Pictures' HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: TRANSFORMANIA.
Wanda (Molly Shannon), Wayne (Steve Buscemi), Murray (Keegan-Michael Key), Mavis (Selena Gomez), Blobby, and Ericka (Kathryn Hahn) in Columbia Pictures' HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: TRANSFORMANIA. /

Check out all of the great new releases on Netflix in April and May 2024. The streamer also has a long list of family-friendly movies and shows, including a fantastic selection of monster and horror-themed choices. Check out our recommendations below.

Hotel Transylvania 1 & 2

The first two movies of the Hotel Transylvania franchise were recently released on Netflix. Both films feature the voice talents of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, and CeeLo Green, who Keegan-Michael Key replaced in the second.

The story follows Count Dracula, who owns and operates a hotel where monsters of the world can vacation away from humans. The first film celebrates Drac's daughter Mavis' 118th birthday, and the second tells of Mavis' life as an adult with a family.

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019)

is a stop-motion film is a stand-alone sequel to Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015). Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Kate Harbour, and Rich Webber reprise their roles from the first movie and are joined by Amalia Vitale, David Holt, and Chris Morrell.

Farmageddon follows Shaun and his flock as they encounter an alien named Lu-La, who, while very cute, possesses extraordinary powers. Shaun uses this opportunity to experience some alien-powered fun on the farm while keeping her away from the sinister Ministry for Alien Detection and helping her return home.

Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated (2012)

Scooby-Doo! Mystery, Inc. is the eleventh installment in the Scooby-Doo franchise. This series consists of two seasons, both available on Netflix. Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, Shaggy Rogers, and Scooby-Doo experience exciting new adventures, this time at the self-proclaimed "Most haunted place on Earth, Crystal Cove.

The location is known for ghost sightings, monster tales, and more, and Scoob and the gang are ready to get to the bottom of the hauntings. They come against the residents of the town who know the hauntings bring tourists to the town and aren't eager for the "Meddling Kids" to take away their livelihood. The series also features several Hanna-Barbera characters as guest stars, including Captain Caveman, Jabberjaw, Speed Buggy, The Funky Phantom, Blue Falcon, and Dynomutt.

Nightbooks (2021)

Nightbooks is a Netflix original movie based on J. A. White's children's book of the same name. The horror-fantasy is a modern Hansel & Gretel story about two children trapped in an evil witch's magical apartment. The young boy is tasked with writing a new horror story each night to entertain the witch; if unsuccessful, he will be killed or worse. The movie stars Winslow Fegley, Lidya Jewett, and Krysten Ritter and is produced by horror great Sam Raimi.

Igor (2008)

Be sure to watch the family horror comedy Igor before April 30, when it is removed from the Netflix catalog. The film, directed by Tony Leondis (The Emoji Movie, Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch), features the voice talents of John Cusack, Steve Buscemi, Sean Hayes, Jay Leno, Eddie Izzard, Jennifer Coolidge, Arsenio Hall, John Cleese, Molly Shannon, and Christian Slater.

The story follows a humble lab assistant, Igor (Cusack), who dreams of winning the Evil Science Fair. He begins his quest with his loyal assistants, Scamper (Buscemi) and Brain (Hayes), and they accidentally create something from their nightmares: a nice monster.

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