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Here Come the Munsters

USA 1995
produced by
Michael S. Murphey, Leslie Belzberg (executive), John Landis (executive) for Bodega Bay Productions, Universal (MCA Television)
directed by Robert Ginty
starring Edward Herrmann, Veronica Hamel, Robert Morse, Christine Taylor, Mathew Botuchis, Troy Evans, Joel Brooks, Sean O'Bryan, Mary Woronov, Jeff Trachta, Max Grodénchik, Judy Gold, Amanda Bearse, Irwin Keyes, Jim Fisher, Scotch Ellis Loring, Brian George, Robertson Dean, Jim Staahl, Keone Young, Kellen Hathaway, Bill Prady, T.J. McInturff, Francesca Marie Smith, Jane Carr, James Keane, James Basile, Lynne Marie Stewart, Judy Kain, Tommy Bertelsen, Dee Wallace, Ralph P. Martin, Jim Jackman, Christina Venuti, Aaron Paris, Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis, Butch Patrick, Pat Priest, Carlease Burke
screenplay by Bill Prady, Jim Fisher, Jim Staahl, from a format created by Allan Burns, Chris Hayward and characters created by Norm Liebmann, Ed Haas, music by Michael Skloff, special makeup effects by Steve Johnson

The Munsters, Jekyll and Hyde

review by
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The Munsters - Herman (Edward Herrmann), Lily (Veronica Hamel), their son Eddie (Mathew Botuchis) and Grandpa (Robert Morse) - don't find it safe anymore in their native Transylvania, what with the locals arming themselves against the monstrous family, so they decide to move to the US after being invited by cousin Marilyn (Christine Taylor), whose pretty looks have made her the black (but still beloved) sheep of the family. But once over in the US, the Munsters find out Marilyn is doing anything but fine since her father Norman Hyde (Max Grodénchik) has disappeared and her mother Elsa's (Judy Gold) has thus stopped working. So the Munsters start looking for Hyde and eventually find out he has turned into immigrant-hating populist politician Jekyll (Jeff Trachta), who's pretty much a creature of his campaign manager Larry Walker (Joel Brooks), who thinks a man with no past and no recollections is the perfect vessel to fill with his own agenda. Grandpa figures he can create an antidote but needs a small dose of Jekyll's blood - which he gets when he and Herman break into Walker's house ... but that unfortunately lands Herman in jail, and now Grandpa needs to spring Herman first (by using a duplicate Herman with a dog's brain to throw the police off scent) so they can sabotage Jekyll's next rally to get close enough to him to inject him with the antidote. All ends happily of course.

 

Now what's actually good about this movie - that was originally shot for the big screen but ultimately landed on TV - is that it not only tries to get the look and feel of the original series right, it also shows some vision with casting genre faves Mary Woronov and Dee Wallace in supporting roles, with the classic series' (surviving) lead actors Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo, Butch Patrick and Pat Priest making a cameo appearance in a restaurant gag where they meet the new Herman. Unfortunately, that, and a few sight gags, is already how far Here Come the Munsters goes in terms of quality as gagwise the film has not really all that much to offer and redoes many of the original's gags pretty much one to one - if not too badly at that. Now a great cast could have saved that, unfortunately though Edward Herrmann, Veronica Hamel and Robert Morse are no Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo and Al Lewis, and don't have their chemistry either. The other thing that's wrong with the movie though is that it tries to pack too much story into its 96 minutes and thus meanders quite a bit, often losing complete sight of the main story. That all said, I wouldn't call the movie as a whole terrible, it sure blows The Munsters Today out of the water, it's just not terribly good either.

 

 

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