One possible reason why Rob Zombie‘s The Munsters didn’t make it to movie theatres is probably because the story isn’t too different from the first animated The Addams Family movie. We get an origin story on how Herman (Jeff Daniel Phillips) and Lily (Sheri Moon Zombie) fell in love. It strangely ignores a lot of pathos from the television series where they are seen interacting with the normal world.
It’s not to say this director’s love letter to this sit-com is doomed. To say which horror comedy has the biggest following must be with the Addameses. The reason is because they made more spinoff appearances and I can see Fred Munster pouting. He’s more of a comic character than the fun loving hispanic with potential aristocratic upbringing. Although Fred Gwynne was well respected with his humourous roles on television and Yvonne De Carlo is known for The Ten Commandments, it’s tough to beat John Astin and Jackie Coogan. Together, those two are television and film industry legends.