When I was growing up, you were either a Munsters man or an Addams Family man, and never the twain shall meet. Me, I was a Munsters fanatic all of the way simply because, to my seven or eight year old sensibility, it leaned closer to the old 1930s and 1940s Universal monster movies that I had recently unearthed whilst watching a weekly Chiller Theater-styled program which ran out of WGN in Chicago. Think about it: The Munsters covered all of the bases that directors such as Tod Browning and James Whale had amply plied during their own Golden Age – You had a Count Dracula styled character (Grandpa), a Frankenstein Monster in the form of Munster patriarch Herman Munster, a vampire bride right out of 1935’s Mark of the Vampire (the resplendent Yvonne De Carlo as Herman’s Better Half, Lily Munster) and you even had a child werewolf (Eddie Munster) that you just knew would one day grow up to be Lon Chaney, Jr. howling at the moon in The Wolfman. So yeah, all of the bases felt adequately covered to this child of Uncle Forry and Famous Monsters of Filmland (years later, I made up for my Addams Family slight by becoming a rapt aficionado of the Charles Addams comic strip that the television version sprang from).
The above diatribe brings us up to the present (sigh) and the breaking news from The Hollywood Reporter that none other than heavy metal guru Rob Zombie has been tasked with bringing The Munsters back to life for a whole new generation of fans. Zombie, known to film fans for cult hit House of 1000 Corpses and his bloody reimagining of John Carpenter’s classic Halloween, took to the social media world to confirm the word ‘round campfire: “Attention Boils and Ghouls! The rumors are true! My next film project will be the one I’ve been chasing for 20 years! THE MUNSTERS! Stay tuned for exciting details as things progress!”
Zombie’s efforts to bring The Munsters to a whole new audience will apparently take the shape of a standalone feature motion picture rather than an ongoing television series that the original is best remembered for (The original iteration of The Munsters did have one feature film to its credit, the 1966 movie Munster, Go Home). The movie has set up shop with Universal Studios courtesy of its boutique offshoot 1440 Productions. This move, our pundit muchachos over at The Hollywood Reporter points out, will probably result in an ultimate release via streaming platform Peacock rather than a bona-fide theatrical release.
Keep your dial tuned to Vents for any and all further news on what promises to be an unconventional take on The Munsters by Rob zombie on what is already an unconventional premise!