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The Munsters Remake just finished filming in Budapest a few days ago. A colorful take on director Rob Zombie’s 1960s series will enter post-production and is expected to premiere later this year. Rob Zombie is known for his career as a horror filmmaker and films of his kind House of 1000 Corpses and The devil’s denials there’s certainly no shortage of gore and disturbing violence. When word got out that his new project would be PG, many people were surprised.

The Munsters was a famous 1960s comedy show depicting the private life of a family of monsters. This type of show, horror comedies, was very popular at the time The Addams family to the soap opera dark shadows. Hit series from that era are making a comeback with various remakes, including Netflix and Tim Burtons Addams family reboot series with Jenna Ortega, Wednesdayand the new Scooby Doo series Velma by HBO Max and Mindy Kaling. These new projects, in contrast to the new The Munsters Film, are aimed at adults, even if the source material is PG rated.

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Rob Zombie has a very special directing style and the stories he loves to tell. Here’s what his Muenster film might look like, considering the director, PG rating and source material.

The Munsters

The source material, the original series, is family-friendly like many television shows before the 1980s. While TV guidelines for parents were not introduced until 1997, the ’60s series likely would have received a soft PG rating (“Parental Advice Recommended – Some Materials May Not Be Suitable For Children”). The show’s naivety and family-friendly comedy, coupled with its use of classic horror tropes, helped the series excel in the 1960s.

So taking that element out of the new film would be a bad decision overall; it would either end up being a cynical parody or most likely not work. And yet there are still some core elements of the show that may not be suitable for children as it uses some classic spooky imagery and scenarios (haunted houses, vampires, werewolves, Frankenstein’s monster) all done The Munsters unique but can be scary and scare a child under 10 in the same way Courage the cowardly dog aimed at children but was terrifying at times.


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Remakes usually have a predetermined audience: the fans of the original series or film. For this reason, remakes, especially those of original works loved by different generations, have to be careful with changes and the adjustment of some elements. This is especially true when works are adapted for a completely different period of time.

The Munsters premiered two decades after Universal’s Monsters heyday and brought them back to life for new audiences (something that led to more Frankenstein, Dracula, and Wolf Man movies in the late ’60s and ’70s). There are obvious connections between the films and the show. The director of the new remake, Rob Zombie, is a big fan of these classic monsters, and it seems like Universal is trying to revive their monsters one more time (with the failed mummy Remake, the acclaimed invisible man movie and the upcoming one Renfeld with Nicolas Cage as Dracula and The wolf man with Ryan Gosling). This is just the beginning of Zombie’s links to the source material.


Rob Zombie’s style

Rob Zombie’s name is usually associated with hardcore gore in his horror films. However, how he is influenced by older non-gore horror films is already present in his work. Even before he became a film director and started directing his band’s music videos, his taste and aesthetic were already there.

The director was heavily influenced by classic Halloween imagery and the theatrics of classic horror films in terms of acting, lighting, props and bombastic music. He uses many settings and shots that were popular in the horror TV shows of the 50’s and 60’s such as: The Munsters. There are, of course, some clear R-rated homages, like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in his first feature film, and his filmography consistently pays homage to ’70s horror, which was often far more twisted. But there’s no denying that the director drew inspiration from similar source material The Munsters his entire career, although it’s not as obvious as it is with other tributes.


Zombie has also used his love for the classic Universal Monsters in his films. The director also uses humor in his works, no matter how grotesque. It’s usually a more satirical and darker type of humor than that used in the show, but it still shows its ability to mix both genres.

He’s a bold director, and one of his creative decisions on the project certainly stands out: the film will be in color. This adds another layer to the new remake as people were used to seeing these characters (and even universal monsters) in black and white. A colorful version of That Muenster will be just the first of many weird creative decisions, and based on the many set photos from the film, Zombie seems to be having a blast making them.

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After viewing Zombie’s body of work, it becomes clearer why he is directing this project, even though a PG Rob Zombie film may seem like an odd choice at first. This wouldn’t be the first of his films to meet with quite a bit of opposition from audiences, but he continues to prove naysayers wrong film after film and definitely has hardcore fans who will flock to theaters to watch the film along with them To see families seeing his explore for the first time.

Other filmmakers who went from R to G

Zombie isn’t the first director to attempt a more family-friendly story, coming from an adult background. Famous directors have dabbled in G and PG stories while making R-rated movies. Scorsese is a great example: he directed Hugo in between shutter Island and The Wolf of Wall Street. Directed by Zack Snyder Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole in between Guardian and sucker Punch.

The Wachowski sisters also tried their hand at family-friendly stories speed racersin between The Matrix Revolutions and cloud atlas. Also the director of crazy max Films, George Miller, made Babe: Pig in town and happy feet in front of the director Mad Max: Fury Road. These are just a few examples of successful family-friendly films made by directors who normally do R-rated films, so Rob Zombie is in good company.

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