Rob Zombie is directing The Munsters movie: will it be a complete mess?

There’s a movie coming out based on the 1964-1965 sitcom, The Munsters. In this era reboots and remakes I’m surprised we haven’t had one sooner. In case you’re not familiar with The Munsters, it’s a twist on the typical family sitcom featuring a Frankenstein-type dad, Herman Munster, his Bride of Frankenstein wife, Lily, their werewolf son, Eddie, and his grandfather, a vampire who just went by Grampa. They also had a beautiful cousin, Marilyn, who was supposed to be ugly as part of a running gag. Wiki tells me that The Addams Family ran at the same time and was more popular. This pretty much explains why we’ve had three Addams Family movies and no Munsters film, but that’s about to change. Heavy metal rocker and horror director, Rob Zombie, is making one with Universal Studios. Here’s more on this announcement:

Rob Zombie, the heavy-metal musician turned director, has confirmed that he will write and direct a feature film based on “The Munsters,” the ’60s sitcom about a family of friendly monsters.

“Attention Boils and Ghouls!,” Zombie wrote on Instagram. “The rumors are true! My next film project will be the one I’ve been chasing for 20 years! THE MUNSTERS! Stay tuned for exciting details as things progress!”

Zombie is a longtime Munsters fan who named his song “Dragula” after the Munsters’ car and has often spoken of his love for the series.

Zombie’s upcoming project is set up at Universal Studios’ 1440 Entertainment home entertainment division. The 1440 arm makes live-action and animated films and series for worldwide distribution across all non-theatrical platforms, which indicates the movie will likely go directly to streaming.

[From Variety]

I watched The Munsters in syndication during my childhood (which was well over a decade after it aired, OK?). I’m not particularly attached to it but am skeptical as to whether Rob Zombie can write and direct this film. I’ve seen House of 1000 Corpses and The Lords of Salem and both were bloated messes. I love horror and shock and gore, but those films were cheap circus carnival versions of that genre. Zombie’s Halloween films in 2007 and 2009 were not well received either. (I honestly can’t remember if I’ve seen them.) The Munsters film needs a humorous touch! That show was cute and light and the Munsters were relatively harmless. This will come out on a streaming platform, maybe one of the lesser known ones like Shudder, and if I already have a subscription I’ll watch it. I’m just disappointed that Zombie is involved, but maybe he’ll surprise us.

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  1. Lex says:

    I loved the Munsters when I was a kid, I enjoyed it better than the Adams Family. The Munsters were fun in a silly way. I really hope he can do it justice, making them all gore would not be good.

  2. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    I’m a die hard Rob Zombie fan. Of his music. (Dragula was ok but my favorite is American Witch which i have on a constant loop) I freely admit I haven’t seen any of his movies because slashers are not my thing.
    I think he just might surprise us with the Munsters remake simply because of his love for the show. We’ll see.
    I’m going go crank up some Zombie now so my country music loving neighbors have another reason to complain about me. ✌

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      I loved the Halloween movie he directed, am looking forward to this.

      • MerlinsMom1018 says:

        My youngest is a huge fan of his movies and ranks his Halloween right up there too

  3. Tiffany says:

    I don’t know about this.

    I really don’t want anything taken away from the charm of the series.

    Between this and Burton doing a Addams tv series, this is going to be a midlife crisis emo mess.

  4. Mac says:

    Growing up I had a friend whose uncle was Fred Gwynn. I got to meet him once and it was the thrill of tween life.

    • MerlinsMom1018 says:

      So cool!!!!!
      Gotta say I loved him in My Cousin Vinny. The way he said “the two yoots????”
      slays me every time

    • The Recluse says:

      Gwynn also wrote and illustrated some wonderful children’s books. Look them up!

  5. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I’m right there with ya MerlinsMom. But my favorite is, “Blur the Technicolor.” He loves his horror, true, but he also loves his illustrations and graphic arts…and he doesn’t take himself seriously. If he’s been dying for this particular project for twenty years, maybe it’ll be a fine resurrection. Excuse me while I go wake up the neighborhood!

    • MerlinsMom1018 says:

      Rock on Mabs 🤘🤘🤘🤘
      I watched an interview he did discussing his love of graphic arts and illustrations and he is thoughtful and actually very whip smart. He knows what he wants to do and how he wants to do it and you’re right. He doesn’t take himself seriously.
      I was blown away when I found out Spider One of Powerman 5000 was Rob’s younger brother!!!
      Go get them neighbors!!!!!

  6. tealily says:

    I have a lot of love for his movies. I feel like no one is asking for this, but it’ll probably be fun. I’ll watch it!

  7. The Recluse says:

    Since he’s a fan, I’m hoping that he will come through with a version that honors and enhances the original. But who could ever replace the original Fred Munster? Gwynn brought such lovability to it.