In the 1960s, the American sitcom The Munsters, depicting the home life of a group of monsters, came to life. The show, while intriguing, was not well received, unlike its competitors, The Addams Family, which was released and ran for the same period.
However, the show found popularity once in syndication. That said, the popularity spawned several feature films, a TV sequel titled The Munsters todayseveral failed remake attempts and even the most recent reboot movie.
Before the idea of a reboot movie was greenlit, The Munsters had to be repeated several times. In the mid-2000s, the Wayans Brothers (horror movie) were attached to a possible reboot of the film, but the idea was never fully realized. Shortly after, a television pilot was released as a Halloween special on NBC in 2012. The pilot, Way of the Mockingbirdswas to help reinvent the series with a darker tone, but the series was never picked up.
Finally, in 2017, Seth Meyers (Late Night with Seth Meyers) and Jill Kargman (Momzillas) were involved in a TV reboot that entered development but ultimately stalled. It’s curious what could have made Rob Zombie’s movie breakthrough the model with all those failed attempts.
As the film moves forward, here’s what fans need to know.
Munsters restarted: what to expect
In June 2021, Rob Zombie was named director and producer of the upcoming reboot of The Munsters. The film is a passion project for the famed horror enthusiast, as he said he was “pursuing [the film] for 20 years. Zombie is widely known for his gruesome films and macabre style. He made his directorial debut in 2003 with House of 1000 corpses. From there he continued with R rated movies like The devil’s rejects, 31, the 2007 reboot of Halloween, and its 2009 sequel HalloweenII.
Although Zombie has a dark and sinister history, he commented that the PG-rated film will be fully compliant with the source material and a more toned down version of the imagery he is famous for. In an Instagram post, the director said: “For those of you who are speculating, wondering and assuming that ‘The Munsters‘ would be dirty, violent and mean… Well, you’re wrong. All is well on Mockingbird Lane.
Zombie is such a fan of the original series that he put a lot of time and effort into every aspect of the movie. The director constantly updated fans on his social media with photos of the cast, costumes and set. The set, which was built for principal photography in Budapest, Hungary, is a complete recreation of the original 1313 Mockingbird Lane house and neighborhood.
Zombie regularly posts casting information through his social media. It was revealed that Sheri-Moon Zombie, Zombie’s wife, and Jeff Daniels Phillips (3 From Hell, 31) will play Lily and Herman Munster. Daniel Roebuck, known for his work on the previous Rob Zombie remake Halloweenwill play Grandfather Munster and Richard Brake (The brothers sisters) is set to play Dr. Henry Augustus Wolfgang. A recent Zombie announcement confirmed that Tomas Boykin (3 From Hell) will play Lily’s brother, Lester Dracula.
The rest of the cast is filled with horror legends like Dee Wallace (ET The Extra-Terrestrial, Cujo), Cassandra Peterson – otherwise known as Elvira Mistress of Darkness – and munsters former Pat Priest. Priest previously starred as the Munsters’ niece, Marilyn Munster, on the original series. For the moment, it is not known what his role will be in the film.
When Zombie cast his wife in his film, which he’s been known to do in almost all of his projects, fans started to voice their criticism. The director and rocker threw Sheri Moon in almost every film he has made, although she has never acted in any other projects other than brief stints in a Crusher short film and parts of series like Californication and Expert: Miami.
Elvira recently spoke for Sheri Moon, stating:
“Sheri is adorable as Lily Munster. I see people on social media asking, ‘Why does Rob always throw her?’ and people will be really surprised and really like his character.
The Mistress of Darkness herself will play Mockingbird Lane’s top estate agent, Barbara Carr, and fans of the actress might not recognize her in her dark ensemble.
Release date and information
Although it has been confirmed that the next film will be released in theaters and on the Peacock streaming service via Universal Pictures, there is no release date as of yet. However, fans can follow Zombie’s social posts to keep up to date with the film until its release.
On the Peacock streaming service, fans can also stream the original series, which ran for two seasons from 1964 to 1966.
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