The full trailer for Rob Zombie’s The Munsters reboot was recently released, and fans of the classic series are extremely divided on the movie.
The trailer for Rob Zombie’s The Munsters was recently released, and fans of the classic TV series are extremely divided. Set to release in September 2022, the film serves as a prequel and reboot of the original ’60s television show of the same name, which ran for two seasons. Zombie’s prequel follows the origins of Herman and Lily Munster and the love story that unfolds. The reboot stars Sheri Moon Zombie as Lily, Jeff Daniel Phillips as Herman, and Daniel Roebuck as Grandpa.
Rob Zombie is best known for his work within the horror genre, notably the Firefly trilogy and 2007’s Halloween reboot. Despite Zombie and his wife Sheri Moon Zombie being huge fans of The Munsters television series, fans were immediately concerned when it was announced he was helming a reboot, given his previous gruesome horror movies. The director has continuously kept fans in the loop on the film’s progress, most recently in the form of The Munsters official trailer, which offered new plot details and a fresh look at Zombie’s surprisingly colorful take on The Munsters.
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When the official trailer for The Munsters was released, fan reactions were split over Zombie’s take on the franchise. Fans of the original show and critics of Zombie alike voiced concerns over the style and direction of The Munsters reboot, stating that the film appears cheaply made and even a parody of the source material. Others defended the trailer, noting that the 1964 series was always campy and over-acted, and the film is a love letter to the original. Here are some fan reactions:
Does Rob Zombie live inside some sort of bubble where nobody he trusts will tell him his stuff isn’t working? Context is everything, and there’s no doubt he must truly have great affection for the original series, but this looks embarrassingly bad.
— Noah Knox Marshall (@NKnoxMarshall) July 13, 2022
Ok but like… why does this look like it has the budget of a made for Disney Channel movie in 1996. Like I get the low budget style but this looks so incredibly cheap, poorly written, poorly acted etc. He should have kept it all black and white if he wanted to go with that vibe.
— Jo (@MissGloop) July 13, 2022
Two of the biggest monster kids in film having an overindulged grand time: I cannot wait to see this love letter.
— S (@ScottJeune) July 13, 2022
Gen Z teenyboppers who have never actually watched the Munsters and Boomers who don’t know anything about Rob Zombie 🤝 whining about the trailer despite it keeping the exact humor of the OG show
— Modern Marilyn Munster (@Lily_Dracula) July 13, 2022
MUNSTERS trailer looks like a commercial for Six Flags’ annual Halloween takeover
— Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) July 13, 2022
So I saw the trailer for The Munsters… and… well… sooo… no seriously are we being trolled?
— John Campea (@johncampea) July 13, 2022
people saying the munsters movie looks bad are showing a weakness of character
— brianna (@justbrizigs) July 13, 2022
the way to understand Rob Zombie’s The Munsters is thus: every person into horror more or less 60 is a HUGE nerd who loves kitschy shit, they all grew up reading Famous Monsters Magazine and watching Munsters and Addams Family reruns. this is so clearly a dream project, god bless
— macabre & mrs. miller (@StealingValerie) July 13, 2022
Zombie has long said The Munsters is a passion project for him and that he wanted to make it as authentic to the original series as possible. Previous teases of the movie certainly seemed like he was fulfilling that promise, so it’s a shame this latest update is receiving such mixed responses. It’s possible the trailer doesn’t do The Munsters justice, but it is clearly not what fans were expecting from the reboot. The Munsters is completely different than anything Zombie has done in the past and it doesn’t look like fans are quite sold on him taking on a PG property.
Universal will continue to ramp up the marketing for The Munsters with September quickly approaching. Unfortunately, it is too late to make any significant changes since The Munsters has officially wrapped filming. It’s possible the film can be visually changed with the colors being toned down, but even that won’t correct the major problems fans seem to be having with the movie. Some are hesitant to cast judgment on the film until they see it, yet the mixed reactions to the full-length trailer is a troubling development for Zombie’s The Munsters.
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