I will start by saying two things. Firstly, I don’t really remember the original Munsters, I mean, I know of it, and I do remember watching it as a kid, but that’s about it, I’m not a fan, I can take it or leave it.
Secondly, I think Rob Zombie is a hack, I have never held back from saying that. I have seen a few of his movies, but they are just awful. I get the impression that he thinks ‘boobs, swearing, and blood’ make a good movie.
Since the Munsters is only going to be a PG, I did wonder how he would cope. The answer is, badly. I did go into this movie with an open mind, but I just didn’t like it.
There is a story in there, but honestly, it doesn’t matter, since the movie is more like a series of sketches pasted together, with a story jammed in there somewhere. It’s supposed to be a prequel to the main series, where Herman is created, falls in love with Lily, and then moves to the suburbs.
It takes an hour and forty-five minutes to get there, which is way too long! The entire movie is camp, as in Adam West Batman camp, including odd camera angles, acting you would see in a school play and literally stupid sound effects after the ‘jokes’.
I have to use the term ‘jokes’, since they are mostly dad jokes you have heard a million times before and didn’t find funny the first time.
‘My friend died drinking a gallon of polish, it was a horrible end, but a lovely finish’
Yep, that is one of the jokes that Herman tells at one point.
This movie is aimed at kids under 8 years old, as a Halloween movie, but anyone older than that will not like it, unless you like camp acting, zero story, and jokes that would make any dad cringe.
I know that Zombie did this as a pet project since he loves the Munsters, but I don’t know what he was trying to do. I can’t see anyone watching this and then wanting to watch the original series. This just seems like a vanity project for him.
The overall quality is so camp, I have seen better-produced home movies, shot on a camcorder, with computer graphics made on a ZX-81. The colours are just awful and overbearing on the whole thing, this might have looked better in black and white.
I don’t know, you might like this if you like the original, but personally, The Munsters was embarrassing for everyone involved, it was just bad. I will never suffer through this again in my life. I can’t give it any stars, since it was just a waste of my time, I didn’t laugh once, and it was just terrible.