Tuesday, October 04, 2022

The Munsters (2022) directed by Rob Zombie starring Shari Moon Zombie, Daniel Roebuck, Jeff Daniel Phillips

“When they made me, they broke the mold.” 

It’s Amateur Night at the Zombie Household with this head-scratching origin story about everybody’s favorite monster family, last seen in NBC’s failed “dark” reboot MOCKINGBIRD LANE (2012). 

Lily (Shari Moon Zombie, of course) is looking for love and finds it when she falls for Herman, a rocking, but hacky joke of a Frankenstein monster played by Jeff Daniel Phillips (channeling his inner Fred Gwynne). They marry and end up moving to America after Herman dim-wittedly falls for a scheme cooked up by the ex-wife of The Count (Daniel Roebuck). 

Writer/director Rob Zombie offers up lots of answers to questions nobody was asking, like how did Herman and Lily end up with Spot, why did they buy the house on Mockingbird Lane, and how did Herman get his job at the funeral parlor. 

It’s all garish colors and groan-inducing jokes that make the various tv specials and reboots seem fresh and inventive. I’d rather watch old episodes of the original show or 1966’s MUNSTER, GO HOME! – Dan Taylor

Dan Taylor is the editor/publisher of Exploitation Retrospect and The Hungover Gourmet. He grew up watching The Munsters and The Addams Family every chance he got.

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