The rumors have been circulating for months, but according to an Instagram post by Rob Zombie himself earlier today, he is slated to direct an upcoming movie adaptation of The Munsters.
To no one’s surprise, Zombie’s wife and frequent actress Sheri Moon Zombie is rumored to be portraying Mrs. Munster, with other Rob Zombie regulars like Jeff Daniel Philips and Richard Brake rumored to have roles as well.
Despite his reputation for overly violent and grotesque horror films, Rob Zombie’s inspiration has always come from old school classics of the silent and black and white era. This can easily be seen in all the references his characters make.
There’s even a scene in House of 1000 Corpses with Otis and Grandpa watching The Munsters on TV (while simultaneously holding people captive and torturing them).
As his post suggested, this is something of a dream project for Zombie that he’s been “chasing for 20 years”. Hollywood would be hard pressed to find another director with as much passion for the project as Zombie.
All that said of course, let’s address the elephant (or Zombie) in the room. His films certainly have a track record for being particularly gruesome and vulgar, with his characters frequently being hostile with each other.
Obviously no studio would be giving the keys of a franchise like this to Zombie if he was going to do that. Although admittedly it would be really fun to see the titular family acting similarly to the Firefly family, albeit in a morbidly curious sort of way.
It certainly wouldn’t be the first time that a member of the aptly named “Splat Pack” from the early 2000’s made a family-friendly horror film. Let’s not forget Eli Roth’s The House with a Clock in Its Walls, which he described as “gateway horror” to get kids interested in the genre without exposing them to anything too extreme.
If successful, it could also result in Zombie getting more director gigs that aren’t done on micro-budgets like 31 or 3 From Hell. There’s definitely an indie charm to both of them, but when he has a studio behind him, but still has creative control, there’s no limit to what he can do.
Either way, this will be an interesting project that will make an impression one way or another. At this point, there’s no telling when it will be released. But given that it’s just been announced, we’re probably looking at 2-3 years from now at the very least!
What do you think about Rob Zombie directing a Munsters movie? Do you think it will work? Let us know in the comments!