25 October 2009 | Michael_Elliott
Should Have Stuck to TV
Munster, Go Home! (1966)
* 1/2 (out of 4)
Herman Munster (Fred Gwynne) inherits a large castle in England so he packs up Lily (Yvonne De Carlo), Grandpa (Al Lewis) and kids and heads off. Once there he learns that some other family members are staying at the castle and wants to keep it as their own. A year after the television show was canceled, someone thought it was a good idea to put the Munsters on the big screen and since it ended up bombing at the box office, the show was obviously canceled for a reason and the need for a movie wasn't needed by anyone. I think there are many, many issues with this film but none of them really belong to the Munsters themselves. The first twenty-five minutes are actually fairly good as the family gets the news and then heads off on a long cruise. Needless to say, this sequence could have been a TV episode and perhaps this is why it works. We get qutie a few good one liners and even some funny jokes including one where, when on the boat, a man sticks his arm out for a tip and Grandpa mistakenly thinks the guy is offering up his blood to suck on. There's another gag with Grandpa taking the wrong pill, turning into a wolf and then being put in a cage. After they arrive in England is when the film completely falls apart and it only takes a matter of minutes to do so. The "other" family in the house is so annoying that they will quickly get on your nerves. Their entire story contains zero laughs nor does Marilyn's relationship with a man whose family hates the Munster family. The biggest death nail is that this sucker runs an extremely long 96-minutes, which is just crazy. Another major problem, I personally feel, is that the movie was shot in color and it just doesn't work well for the ghouls. Seeing them in B&W makes the spoof of the Universal era work but in color they just look out of place and at times silly. The performances aren't bad and one does have to tip his cap to John Carradine almost hidden behind all that make up as the caretaker.