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Halloween with the New Addams Family (1977)

A revival of the popular '60s TV comedy series "The Addams Family" has them preparing for Halloween in their own inimitable way.

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A revival of the popular '60s TV comedy series "The Addams Family" has them preparing for Halloween in their own inimitable way.

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Trivia

Vito Scotti not only made many different character appearances in the original TV series of the "Addams Family" but was in the movie Napoleon and Samantha (1972) with the lion Zamba (a.k.a. Kitty-Cat). See more »

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While being grappled by one of the plant's two forward-facing "arms", Parley Baer, the actor for Lafferty's character, can clearly be seen surreptitiously reaching his leather-gloved left hand over toward the plant's other, incorrectly-stationary "arm", as a hasty reminder to the film/animation crew that this other "arm" of the plant is supposed to be curling in on him, also. See more »

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Morticia Addams: [singing] Christmas and Easter bring wonderful treasures/spirits and pumpkins bring far greater pleasures.
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Spoofs The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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A Merry, Shh, Creepy Hallowe'en
Words by David Levy
Music by George Tibbles
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A slow trudge down memory lane
21 April 2016 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I'll be honest with you, dear reader, and maybe this will invalidate my opinion for you: I could not even finish watching this.

I am probably considered a casual fan of the Addams Family. I like the characters, but I have not seen every episode of their TV series, and I've barely read any of the original comics. But I do like them a great deal.

This is not a joke: I figured this movie had to be building up to some kind of climax only to look down at the run time and realize I'd been watching for about 30 minutes. It felt like I'd been watching it FOREVER, and I still had more than half the movie left to go. I turned it off and found something else to watch.

The plot is typical Addams Family guff: normies come in to the house and freak out at how weird everybody is. Except this time around, it just doesn't feel weird enough anymore. It's a different house, one that looks considerably less imposing and more like it's on loan from the Beverly Hillbillies. On the inside, things feel much too cramped and cluttered, but rarely ever "spooky." It's too colorful, too well lit, too sunny.

Many of the jokes do not feel fresh. New characters are introduced that are literally carbon copies of existing characters, like Gomez's brother Pancho, who also happens to have a weakness for Morticia speaking French, a joke that they continually reference every two minutes for what feels like an eternity.

Incidentally, I also had to rewind the movie just to make sure I wasn't missing anything, because you're dropped in to what feels like the middle of the story with very little explanation about who all of these new people are or why they're here. It's awful.

And then there's the fact that it's Halloween. When you think of Halloween, you think golden leaves, cooler weather, and jack-o-lanterns. This movie looks like it was shot during the summer in the middle of Hollywood. I mean, the Addamses apparently have palm trees growing in their yard! Palm trees!

A lot of the other reviews here on IMDb seem to be from people who saw this growing up and have nostalgia for it, but coming at it from somebody who was born after it aired and only just now watched it in his 30's, it's really not very good at all.


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