Rob Zombie’s adaptation of the 1960’s television comedy The Munsters sees the first full length trailer released.
The Munsters originally aired on CBS for two seasons from 1964-66 but was given a theatrical movie release entitled “Munster, Go Home!’ in the summer of 1966 and a made-for-TV reunion movie The Munsters’ Revenge in 1981 and has been a fan favorite in syndication for decades.
When director Rob Zombie announced last year that he was making a Munsters movie it was a project he said he had been chasing for twenty years. Zombie who is best known for his gore and violence in his movies surprised some when he announced The Munsters would be rated PG a series the director has said he wanted to as faithful to the source material.
The Munsters stars Jeff Daniel Phillips as Herman Munster, Sheri Moon Zombie as Lily Munster and Dan Roebuck as Grandpa Munster. The movie also stars Cassandra Peterson as real estate agent Barbara Carr, Tomas Boykin as Lester the Werewolf, Richard Brake as Dr. Henry Augustus Wolfgang, Jorge Garcia as Floop, Sylvester McCoy as Igor, Catherine Schell as Zoya Krupp, Dee Wallace as the voice of “Good Morning Transylvania,” Jeremy Wheeler as Mr. Gateman, along with Pat Priest and Butch Patrick making cameos.
While no specific date has been announced The Munsters will be released sometime in September 2022.
First, I love the original Munsters television show starring Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo and Al Lewis. I was not old enough to watch it when it originally aired but grew up watching it syndication.
I have every hope that Rob Zombie’s take on The Munsters is excellent and reminds me of the original 1960’s show with of course a modern take and update of the characters. After watching the trailer, it looks like Zombie is giving us an origin story of the Munsters of how Herman came to be, falling in love with Lilly and eventually moving to America and 1313 Mockingbird Lane and to be honest I am fine with that.
What did bother me about the trailer is it looked like the movie was shot on a shoestring budget, and it didn’t even make me laugh once. Now a disappointing trailer does not translate to a bad movie just like an excellent trailer does not guarantee a great movie and it is possible that Zombie is saving the good stuff for when the movie is released, but to quote Han Solo, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”
As much as this trailer disappointed me in a lot of ways, I am still looking forward to seeing Rob Zombie’s The Munster movie in hopes that my initial thoughts are wrong and that I am just jumping to conclusions.