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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Munsters: America’s First Family of Fright (2003)

The Biography Channel produced this wonderful documentary which exceeded my expectations.  Director Rick Hull leaves no stone unturned as he explores the making of one of TV’s most beloved shows,The Munsters.  The most interesting I learned from the documentary is that in the late 50’s Universal Studios licensed their classic films of the 30’s and 40’s to be aired on TV.  This created a renewed interest in horror and networks were scrambling to come up with new material to cash in on the trend.  It’s no surprise, therefore, that in 1964, three shows aired that were delightful mixtures of horror and comedy: The Munsters, The Addams Family and Bewitched. 

This documentary explores the challenges of making the show, including Fred Gwynne’s heavy body suit and extensive makeup.  It also talks about the show’s enduring popularity that has never been out of syndication after the original episodes aired.

If the documentary doesn’t give you enough info, the disc also includes biographies of Fred Gwynne, Yvonne DeCarol and Al Lewis.  I’ve always been a big fan of Fred Gwynne and his segment gave me an excellent overview of a remarkable man, both on and off screen.

If you love The Munsters, this one is a must see.  It will make you appreciate the show even more, if that’s possible!

RATING: Excellent.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds incredible! I must watch this. The Munster's absolutely never get old, and I'm still a die-hard fan. Thanks for posting this. I've heard nothing about it until now.