Months have gone by since writer/director Rob Zombie’s take on The Munsters received a PG rating for “macabre and suggestive material, scary images and language”, but we’re still waiting to hear a release date for the movie – which may be 158 minutes long. While we wait, Zombie has continued sharing behind-the-scenes images on his Instagram account, giving new glimpses of Jeff Daniel Phillips as Herman Munster, Sheri Moon Zombie as Herman’s wife Lily, Daniel Roebuck as Lily’s father The Count, Richard Brake as mad scientist Dr. Henry Augustus Wolfgang, Catherine Schell as a gypsy woman named Zoya Krupp, and Jorge Garcia as Herman’s friend Floop. Zombie also shared a video from the set that reveals the character of Uncle Gilbert is in the movie!
Just like Herman Munster is a comedic take on Frankenstein’s Monster and The Count / Grandpa is a comedic version of Dracula, Uncle Gilbert is a humorous re-tooling of the Gill-Man – and during his appearance on the original The Munsters sitcom, he even said that he’s “the Creature from the Black Lagoon”.
The Munsters ran for two seasons, from September 1964 to May 1966, and consisted of 70 episodes. (You can buy the complete series at THIS LINK.) The show
starred Fred Gwynne as Frankenstein’s monster and head-of-the-household Herman Munster; Yvonne De Carlo as his wife Lily Munster; Al Lewis as Lily’s father, Grandpa, the somewhat over-the-hill vampire Count Dracula who longs for the “good old days” in Transylvania; Beverley Owen (later replaced by Pat Priest) as their teenage niece Marilyn Munster, who was attractive by conventional standards but the “ugly duckling” of the family; and Butch Patrick as their werewolfish son Eddie Munster.
In addition to the cast members mentioned above, Zombie’s The Munsters also featuresTomas Boykin as Lily’s werewolf brother Lester, Cassandra “Elvira” Peterson as realtor Barbara Carr, Dee Wallace as the voice of Good Morning Transylvania, Jeremy Wheeler as Herman’s boss Mr. Gateman, Sylvester McCoy as Igor, the loyal servant to the Munsters, and original sitcom cast member Pat Priest – possibly reprising the role of Marilyn!
Zombie has been sharing pictures throughout the making of The Munsters. He has shown off his director’s chair, the blueprint for an exact replica of the Munsters’ house, given us a look at costume designs for Herman and Lily Munster’s sleepwear, confirmed that horror host character Zombo will be in the movie, showed off a piece of furniture, some set interiors, posted a picture of the wig Roebuck will be wearing and of Roebuck being measured for Grandpa’s coffin, given an early look at the crafting of Herman’s head, shown off some of the wardrobe, shared pictures of some creature effects, showed the houses being built on Mockingbird Lane, updated on the construction of the Munsters Mansion, showed the completed house, teased that Herman will be wearing the leather jacket he wears when racing in the Dragula roadster, revealed Sylvester McCoy‘s Igor look, given us a glimpse of Richard Brake as Dr. Wolfgang, Catherine Schell as Zoya Krupp, Jorge Garcia as Herman’s buddy Floop, Cassandra Peterson as Barbara Carr, a Munsters Christmas card, the three leads getting their makeup fixed, Lily on a monitor, a color image of Herman, Lily, and The Count, a shot of Lester, another image of Igor, and more.
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