While I was born too late to have watched them when they came out, even in syndication I was always more of an Addams Family fan than a Munsters fan, catchy theme song not withstanding. The reboot did seem interesting enough to catch my attention, but is it strong enough as a film without being able to draw on nostalgia?
Cast and Crew
Written and Directed by Rob Zombie
Cassandra Peterson as Barbara Carr
Sheri Moon Zombie as Lily / Donna Doomley
Jeff Daniel Phillips as Herman / Zombo / Shecky Von Rathbone
Richard Brake as Dr. Henry Augustus Wolfgang / Orlock
Daniel Roebuck as The Count / Ezra Mosher
Butch Patrick as Voice of Tin Can Man
Dee Wallace as Good Morning Transylvania Announcer
Sylvester McCoy as Igor
Pat Priest as Transylvania Airlines Announcer
Jorge Garcia as Floop
Catherine Schell as Zoya Krupp
Tomas Boykin as Lester
Katia Bokor as Transylvania Airlines Flight Attendant
Jeremy Wheeler as Mr. Gateman
Mark Murray as Alan Boothby (archive footage)
Fred Coury as The Raven / Voice of Pennywhacker
There’s a love story hiding in all of this camp. There was a story hiding in here. It was about as complex as you expect from the source material, but it was enjoyable and fun.
The story seems to meander a bit, as though an outline for an entire miniseries had been written, and then edited down to a single movie.
Originality: 1/6 Rebooting a classic show in a slightly different genre isn’t even original. Even rebooting this one isn’t original.
Effects: 4/6 The effects look low budget. They are supposed to look low budget, and they do a great job of looking low budget, but does that mean they are good effects?
Acting: 5/6 The character are undeniably over the top. However, the characters seem honestly over the top, as though you could meet them in person and they’d be equally over the top in reality. Additionally, the stunt casting of The Seventh Doctor and Elvira seems to be minor side parts, which just makes for fun additions without detracting from the rest of the movie.
Emotional Response: 5/6 This movie was surprisingly enjoyable. Given a recent review for Hellraiser and Rob Zombie’s reputation, the movie was delightfully free from gore.
Story: 5/6 Even with all of the zaniness, once the premise is accepted the story plays out in a way that’s believable1. You can believe that Lily and Herman fall in love.
Production: 5/6 The movie looks more like a music video, but the effects and lower budget feel come off as being designed to give you the campy feel you expect from the love story of the daughter of a vampyric count and a man pierced together with the brain of schlocky comedian.
Overall: 5/6 Even without the nostalgia, the movie is a lot of fun.
In total, The Munsters (2022) receive 30/42
1I have no idea how I can justify saying that The Musters come off as believable.