Here Come the Munsters

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Here Come the Munsters
Here come the Munsters.jpg
Directed by Robert Ginty
Produced by Leslie Belzberg
John Landis
Written by Bill Prady
Jim Fisher
Jim Staahl
Starring Edward Herrmann
Veronica Hamel
Christine Taylor
Robert Morse
Sean O'Bryan
Mary Woronov
Max Grodenchik
Music by Michael Skloff
Cinematography Paul Maibaum
Edited by Dale Beldin
Marshall Harvey
Distributed by Universal
Fox Broadcasting Company
Release date
United States October 31, 1995
Running time
96 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,500,000 US (est.)

Here Come the Munsters is a television film that aired on Fox October 31, 1995. It starred Edward Herrmann, Christine Taylor and Veronica Hamel. It included cameos from original Munsters surviving cast members Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis, Butch Patrick, and Pat Priest. The film told the story of the Munster family's arrival in America from Transylvania.

While the movie draws on many elements of the original series, it departs from the established Munsters canon.[1][2]

Plot[edit]

The Munster family is tired of being persecuted back in Transylvania, and on finding part of a letter from cousin Marilyn in California, decides to head to the United States. On arrival they find that Marilyn's father, Normann Hyde, is missing, and her Mother (Herman's sister) Elsa Hyde is in a coma. Marilyn details this in the letter but Spot burned the mail (and the letter carrier) so this comes as a surprise to the Munsters.

The family must find out what has happened to Marilyn's father, and find a way to revive Elsa. They also have to try to live in new surroundings as they try to "fit in" in America.

It turns out that Norman was trying to find a way to make his "peaches and cream" daughter, Marilyn, look a little more like the rest of the clan, but somehow the experiment backfired and Norman Hyde became Brent Jekyll. This is a take on The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Brent Jekyll is running for Congress and as part of his campaign is trying to get foreigners out of America (this includes the Munsters). There is a more sinister part of the story as it seems that Hyde was sabotaged and transformed into Jekyll purposely, to bring forward a politician without a past who people would listen to.

As the story unfolds, the family tries to save the day. With Herman arrested and placed in jail, Grandpa creates a replica of him from spare parts and uses it to help him escape. They flee from the scene in the Munster Koach.

Cast[edit]

Departures from traditional canon[edit]

  • In the film, Marilyn's last name is Hyde, and she is the daughter of Herman's sister, not Lily's, as in the original series and in The Munsters Today. Also, In this film Marilyn is the same age as the series, however Marilyn has said in the original Series that Herman and Lily have raised her since she was a baby.
  • Grandpa uses a spell on a hearse to turn it into The Munster Koach. This is in contradiction to the original series, and The Munsters Today, where Lily buys it as a gift for Herman.
  • Grandpa's lab is shown to be under the stairs (where "Spot" lived) instead of under a trap door in the living room as in the original series and in The Munsters Today.
  • The ownership of the family house also changed. In the original series and The Munsters Today the Munsters owned the house but in this version they're just house-sitting for Herman's sister.

See also[edit]

  • Mockingbird Lane, a 2012 TV special originally intended as a pilot for a reimagined Munsters series.

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