The Munsters (2022)
Director: Rob Zombie
Screenplay: Rob Zombie based on the television show The Munsters by Allan Burns, Chris Hayward
Stars: Cassandra Peterson, Sheri Moon Zombie, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Richard Brake, Daniel Roebuck, Dee Wallace, Sylvester McCoy, Pat Priest, Jorge Garcia, Catherine Schell and Butch Patrick
The Overview: Beware of spoilers…
The Munsters was a television comedy that ran for two seasons from September 1964 to May 1966. The show featured a family of monsters living in the suburbs. The family consisted of Herman Munster, based on Frankenstein’s monster; his vampire wife, Lilly; their son Eddie (a werewolf); Lilly’s father, Grandpa who was a vampire and their niece, Marilyn who was pretty by conventional standards (but the family thought of her as unattractive). The comedy came from neighbors’ reactions to the Munsters and the family’s interactions with each other and normal folks.
Rob Zombie’s reboot explores how Herman and Lilly first fell in love. I wanted to like The Munsters. While I wasn’t a huge fan of the original series, I did watch it as a child. My wife who is just a few months younger than me was a huge fan. She had high hopes for the reboot. We started watching and she was ready to bail after the first few scenes. Ultimately we stuck with it for about 30 minutes before tapping out.
Part of the problem is the movie starts with several scenes and no Munster in sight. Instead we have a mad scientist and his halfwit hunchback, Floop (I kid you not. His name is Floop. Is that supposed to get a cheap laugh?) robbing graves. When Floop is sent to retrieve the brain of one of the world’s smartest men, he instead brings back the man’s brother’s brain. The world’s smartest man and his brother, who happens to be one of the world’s dumbest men both conveniently (for the joke to work) died within hours of each other.
Meanwhile Grandpa is trying to hook Lilly up with a Nosferatu-looking vampire. We get to see them on a date. Lilly’s brother (a werewolf) is trying to get Grandpa to sell the house. Meanwhile the mad scientist is creating Herman. Oh, and there’s scenes of Grandpa watching Transylvania tv talk shows.
Does this sound like fun or anything even remotely funny? If you think so, then give The Munsters a go. It wasn’t for me… or my wife who is a Munster‘s fan. Of course your mileage may differ.
The Munsters earns 1 of 5 stars.