I had many issues with this film; for a start the kids are annoying and generally lacking in any kind of likeability. The story is pretty bland, the monsters themselves aren't scary and them being monsters they naturally have their own limitations (little dialogue or development is afforded making it practically impossible to care for their quest). One particularly monster fanatic Rudy (who comes across as a poor man's Corey Feldman) is a bit of an oddity and doesn't sit well within the group. He's a cool kid who chooses to be friends with a bunch of dweebs with no logical explanation as to why he doesn't hang out with cool kids closer to his own age? He struggles with a lot of the monster trivia so can't even really claim that he's a monster fanatic. Like I say he's an odd fit kind of like a square peg in a round hole. Despite its minimal running time there is so little content and so little that happens that it actually feels twice as long as it actually is. Add ropey special effects and several poor performances and you're left with something that's more of a 'monstrosity' than a monster film.
Although I've pointed out several negatives above I think what really takes the cake with this film was the scene where they offer the 5 year old girl as a virgin sacrifice to Dracula? One of the kids says to the German guy (to his 5 year old sister) 'Is she a virgin?' and the German guy says 'Oh yes of course' and then offers her to Dracula? Perhaps it was intended to be humourous, but I just found it a bit queasy and sick and given what has happened with the likes of Jimmy Saville that have been exposed over the years I just didn't like the idea of a very young child being offered as a virgin sacrifice (whether it be as a plot twist or for laughs). It's this kind of outdated humour that really sinks this film and it would be interesting to see how modern reviews compare to those reviews on here from say 15-20 years ago - I'd be shocked if I'm the only person in the modern era who was mildly horrified by this scene.
Aside from a reasonably good performance from Duncan Regehr the film has little else to recommend and is basically just Monster Trash.