Rob Zombie has announced that his next film will be an adaptation of The Munsters, the classic comedy series that aired in the 1960s. The show depicted the day-to-day life of a family of benign monsters.
It aired for 70 episodes, which led to several made-for-TV movies and a number of reimaginings over the years, including The Munsters Today, which premiered in 1988 and ran until 1991.
The show has frequently been compared to a similar IP from the same era, The Addams Family, although The Munsters don’t quite have the same pop culture footprint today that the Addams Family do, mostly because the attempted reboots of the show have fallen flat.
There have been multiple attempts to re-jig The Munsters for a new generation. A TV reboot titled Mockingbird Lane, created by Bryan Fuller, was put together in 2012, but the original planned weekly series was scrapped, and NBC instead aired the pilot as a Halloween special.
A few years removed from that in 2017, it was reported that Seth Meyers was attempting to develop a new series of The Munsters, but that seems to have fallen through as well. Now it’s being tried as a feature film with Zombie at the helm.
If you’re on the same wavelength as Zombie, his films are usually quite good. Although his last outing was 2019’s 3 From Hell, where he brought back his Firefly family from House Of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects, but couldn’t match the squalid, nasty magic of those two films.
Even though Zombie has always resided in the horror genre, the camp comedy of The Munsters don’t seem to fit his style, so it will be interesting to see how he adapts a 60s family sitcom.
He’s usually more interested in how trauma effects his characters, and the violence that stems from that. With this film, we’ll either see The Munsters in a whole new light, or see a side of Zombie we’ve not seen before.