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Munster, Go Home!

 
 
Film Information
 

Plot: Herman, Lily, Grandpa, and their ghoulish clan relocate overseas when Herman inherits his uncle's English estate. However, they discover a group of criminals is occupying their new home.
Release Date: 25 July 2022
Format: Blu-ray
Director(s): Earl Bellamy
Cast: Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis
BBFC Certificate: U
Running Time: 96 mins
Review By: Samuel Love
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Film Rating
 
 
 
 
 
3.5/ 5


 

Bottom Line


Munster, Go Home! is a nostalgic delight, full of laughs for the whole family.


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Posted July 21, 2022 by

 
Film Review
 
 

With Rob Zombie’s highly-anticipated reboot just around the corner, those lovely folks at Fabulous Films have taken the perfect opportunity to release The Munsters’ first big-screen adventure on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK. This 1966 Technicolor comedy – produced immediately following the black and white series’ conclusion – was helmed by series regular director Earl Bellamy and saw the whole cast – sans Marilyn’s Pat Priest – returning for the adventure.

Ultimately produced as a way to introduce new audiences to the characters in advance of the original series’ international syndication, Munster, Go Home! works as a standalone film, and arguably something of a reboot rather than a straightforward continuation. The film recycles a fair amount of the original series’ gags, and each of the characters are reintroduced in such a way so as to not alienate newcomers. But that’s not to say that there’s nothing here for fans; far from it, the series’ zany humour is wholly intact while seeing the characters leave the trappings of their television limitations is a thrill. 

Performances across the board are as wonderful as ever – each of the leads are impeccable, with Al Lewis particularly delightful as Grandpa. The jokes come thick and fast, and although budgetary constraints are evident, the larger set-pieces such as the climactic DRAG-U-LA race sequence are charming in their old-school production quality. Ultimately, the film is just a warm-hearted and fun romp that harks back to the glory days of cheap n’ cheerful TV-to-film adaptations.

Fabulous Films’ Blu-ray is superb – the film looks as good as it probably ever could, and while it’s a shame that it doesn’t retain the supplemental features from the US release, one mustn’t grumble too much. The Munsters in high definition is enough of a treat.

Munster, Go Home! is a nostalgic delight, full of laughs for the whole family. 

 


Samuel Love

 
Freelance writer. Email: samuel@smlcreative.co.uk


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