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Review: ‘The Munsters’ Is A Flat Passion-Filled Attempt At Recreating The Old Magic

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From Ewan of @ewanreviews

THE MUNSTERS (2022)

Rob Zombie is back with this brand new passion project. The Munsters (2022) is a reboot of the old 1960s sitcom, of the same name. As a big fan of this superbeast director, I hate to say that you can skip this one.

It’s been made clear in old interviews that Zombie is a passionate fan of the old The Munsters tv series. So with that in mind; I was interested to see how this would turn out. Unfortunately, this film fell flat on almost every level. The production design is top-notch here——providing each character with a wacky and over-the-top costume. Unlike other Zombie films, this features a wide variety of colours that helped set the silly tone.

As always, Sheri Moon Zombie co-stars here and personally was the standout. She is backed up by the efforts of Jeff Daniel Phillips and Daniel Roebuck. By the third act of the film though, some of these actors started to get on my nerves. It’s an inherently foolish film, but after 100 minutes with them, my time was up.

The humour is interesting because although it feels very sitcom-like——which is what Zombie went for——in the context of the film it does not work. Granted, I laughed more than I thought I would, but I wouldn’t consider this a funny movie overall.

I appreciate that Zombie attempted to branch out here and stray away from his typical gore-filled restricted projects. Plus, it’s always a tough task to remake or reboot an old show. But I started feeling the length of this film towards the end of the middle act. I noticed myself losing interest and it started to get on my nerves. 

Rob Zombie’s The Munsters is a passion-filled attempt at capturing a fun take on these classic characters. Unfortunately, it falls short of everything that would make it memorable. The humour skids down onto the ground from the opening sequence and never picks up. I enjoyed Sheri Moon Zombie’s exaggerated performance, especially compared to the others here, but even as a Zombie fan; I can’t recommend this movie.

The Munsters is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating 2/5

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