Munster, Go Home


Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo
Universal; Directed by Earl Bellamy
Not Rated; 90 minutes; 1966

This full-length motion picture features the cast of the popular TV series, THE MUNSTERS. Herman takes his family to England to claim his inheritance - a man full of ghosts, murderous relatives, and assorted surprises. Fortunately, there's is nothing an American Munster likes better than a good scare, and Herman eventually exposes his crooked cousins.

OK, So I picked this up at book sale just for the per collectible aspect and it was only 2 bucks. I began to watch this last night. And was bummed that it was a full screen, not a widescreen transfer. This is the full movie for crying out load. And to top it off this is bare bones! Not one extra at all. I can live with the mono track for that is most likely the way it played in theaters. The first odd thing here is seeing them in color. Growing up it was always black and white so this came as very strange. All thou Marilyn (Debbie Watson) looks great in color some of the shots looked muddy. Sometimes the make-up fell really short. The guest star list is fun John Carradine ("the Astro Zombies"Silent Night, Bloody Night" and "Evil Spawn") And Ricard Dawson (Family Feud). I did chuckle when Herman yelled out "Car 54, where are you". As for the rest of the humor, it's the 60's so my four-year-old will never get it. Let's just say its fun to watch... once a very blue moon. The movie was shot in 25 days. The film was not a great success at the box office, prompting Paramount, which had been contemplating a theatrical version of "Get Smart" to cancel that and instead spread it out over 3 episodes of the TV series called "A Man Called Smart", Parts 1, 2, and 3. In mid-summer 1966, this film was frequently double-billed with the similarly-themed "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" (1966). So, In the end, it's a fun little movie that can stand on its own if you grew up with the Munsters. Was it worth the $2.oo price tag yes! Will this stay in my collection or go to DVD swap, maybe some day but for knowing it will sit with the rest

3 Bloody Brains out of 5


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