Meet the classic ‘The Monsters’ – which will soon become a Rob Zombie movie

It has just been revealed by the project’s director himself, the rocker turned filmmaker Rob Zombie, that the classic series of the 60s The monsters (The Munsters) will win its first film adaptation. Zombie’s dream project, which idealized to get his hands on the material for 20 years, according to him, very little is known about the production at that time – but we can wait Sheri Moon Zombie, wife of the director and star of all his films, involved in some capacity or probably starring.

ideas cloned in cinema and TV they are nothing new and refer to the beginnings of audiovisual. For intimates, The monsters is the eternal rival of Addams family, including confusing viewers from past generations about which bizarre family was which. Today this confusion is considerably reduced due to the complete disappearance of The monsters of the media. It’s true that a reboot of the program was unsuccessfully attempted in 2012, but we’ll comment on that below.

The Monsters and The Addams Family are two “twin” creations from the 60s.

Interestingly the trajectory of the creation of The monsters is quite similar to the Addams, coincidentally or not. while the cartoonist Charles Addams created The Addams Family in 1938 for strips in the pages of The New Yorker, the animator Bob Clampett developed his idea about comic monsters between 1943 and 1945 for a cartoon series. The creator then suggested his idea to Universal Studios. But the project only came to fruition in 1963, when Allan Burns e Chris Hayward, animation scriptwriters Rocky e Bullwinkle suggested a similar idea. Still, studio executives debated whether the series should be an animation or a live-action show.

With the script ready, the first episode of the sitcom was going to air on September 24, 1964 on the CBS network (produced by MCA Television, then a subsidiary of Universal). The monsters. Or original title The Munsters right away, he makes a pun with the family’s surname and the word monster in English, changing the “o” for the “u” – something that could have also been applied in the Portuguese translation. The main idea was to satirize the customs of European immigrants in the North American suburbs, the old fish-out-of-water formula. The difference is that these immigrants were all based on Universal Pictures’ classic golden age monsters like Frankenstein, Dracula and the Werewolf.

Frankenstein, Dracula and Werewolf were inspirations for the members of The Monsters.

Leading the way for just a few days, rival ABC debuted on September 18, 1964 its own show about a “monstrous” family: The Addams Family. Both were shown in black and white, and remained on the air for only two seasons, until 1966. However, their fame transcended this first contact with the public, and the programs have gained numerous reruns over the years (something like what happened with Keys here in Brazil). The Addams Family even gained some respectable cartoons and film productions in the 1990s, as well as appearing in all sorts of media and merchandising, such as video games, never leaving pop culture. In 2019, an animated feature film was released in theaters, with Hollywood’s big names dubbed and will soon be followed up.

The main difference between The Addams Family e The monsters is that the first takes its humor from the bizarre situations and beyond macabre tastes of its family members; while in the second, the peculiarity of the situations lies in the fact that their members are real monsters, and their appearance alone is what causes discomfort to the “faces”. The monsters they are even good people, docile, but it is their habits that are strange. In the case of the Addams, their entertainment lies in human misery and torture.

The Monsters in Color: Scary and Hilarious.

Among the members of the Monsters are Patriarch Herman (Fred Gwynne, the old neighbor of Damn cemetery original), a replica of the Frankenstein Monster; your wife Lily (Yvonne De Carlo), a slim vamp; her father, Grandpa (Al Lewis), an aging and grumpy Dracula; the son of the couple Eddie (Butch Patrick), a small developing werewolf; and the niece of the Marilyn family (divided between the interpreters Pat Priest e Beverly Owen), the only “normal” human, blonde and with doll features, but who is seen as the “ugly duckling” by her relatives. A very nice balcony.

The Monsters tried to get back into the media during the 1980s and 1990s, without much success. In 1981, the TV movie premiered with the same cast The Revenge of Monsters. In 1987, the program The Munsters Today it lasted three seasons with an entirely renewed cast. At the same time, Grandpa (again in the skin of Al Lewis) won a show where he presented horror movies. In 1995, again with another cast, the film the monsters are back, produced for TV, was released.

The Rob Zombie movie logo. Hopefully something… gooey.

What many may not know, however, is that a revival was planned in the 2010s, and a pilot was even produced by NBC with direction by none other than Bryan Singer (X-Men and Bohemian Rhapsody). With script from Bryan Fuller (das séries Hannibal, Star Trek Discovery e American Gods), The monsters they were reimagined for the new times in a more “realistic” way, with the caricature look of the characters from the past now more humanized. Herman in the forms of Jerry O’Connell was a heartthrob zombie, and Grandpa of Eddie Izzard became a stylish hipster. The program entitled Mockingbird Lane (the family address) failed to become a series due to the oscillation of tone between dark drama and humor. The 40-minute long episode, aired on October 26, 2012 has become one of these urban legends and can be found online.

The reboot that didn’t work. These would be the new TV Monsters.

Despite being something very dear to the director Rob Zombie, his casting in this reboot comes under some skepticism. Firstly, because the filmmaker has based his entire career on a visceral horror that puts him side by side with the greatest representatives of torture porn, where violence is created solely to shock without any purpose. There is not much trace or attempt of humor in your films. The insanity and bizarreness always present in his works can serve as a basis for the proposal. And it could be that Zombie completely changes the hue, although we think it’s unlikely. Remembering that personal projects about macabre and comic families also yielded in 2012 the dull cinematographic version of Night shadows, dream movie of Johnny Depp run by your collaborator Tim Burton.

It remains to wait and see the developments in the next production announcements, such as cast, studio involved, production size and, in particular, the tonality that Rob Zombie will use.

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