The cast of Here Come the Munsters (1995) were going to reprise their roles in this sequel. Edward Herrmann requested a small raise in his salary. The producers wanted to reduce the other cast members salary to pay Herrmann. So all of them decided not to continue with the sequel and a new cast was hired. See more »
Updating a classic TV show in a feature film adaptation is tricky business. On the one hand you want to satisfy the fans, but on the other you want to make it accessible to the new generation. This has been successful many times. 'The Addams Family' and 'The Brady Bunch' movies and their sequels performed well and received mostly positive reviews. Other examples such as 'The Dukes of Hazzard' and 'Wild Wild West' didn't fare so well. Why? Neither of those films seemed to have any heart in them, especially the latter which is little more than an overblown mess. Still this has become a popular trend, so it's no surprise that Universal has made attempts at resurrecting their own monster family show 'The Munsters.' Though it was made for the small screen, 'Here Come the Munsters' did well enough to lead to this sequel.
Pros: Fun performances from the cast. Plus the actors playing the monster family do a fantastic job of emulating the original cast. Does a good job of capturing the spirit of the series. Nice job done on the production design. Fantastic make-up effects work. Has plenty of that corny, but endearing humor the series is known for. Fast paced. A good score, featuring a nice updated version of the original theme. Fans of classic monster movies should get a kick out of seeing some of their favorites appear.
Cons: Nothing here you haven't seen before in hundreds of other movies or shows. Some of the supporting players really overdo it. Though all the subplots do add to the fun, the story is a bit all over the place.
Final thoughts: A fun and cute update of the series. Won't change the world and is not a great technical achievement, but will certainly put a smile on your face and liven up a dull day. Also fans of the series and characters should be pretty happy because this movie really respects it's legacy.
My rating: 3.5/5
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