By WILLIAM J. WRIGHT
The first teaser for Rob Zombie‘s much-anticipated revamp of the beloved 1960s comedy THE MUNSTERS hit the web last week. As with all of the shock-rocker’s cinematic endeavors, the response has been typically polarized, with reactions ranging from unbridled enthusiasm to shouts of blasphemy. The black and white trailer, which recreates THE MUNSTERS’ iconic second season open (sans Marilyn and Eddie), features Jeff Daniel Phillips as Herman Munster breaking through the door of a flawlessly recreated 1313 Mockingbird Lane, followed by his wife, Lily (Sheri Moon Zombie), and the irascible Count himself, Grandpa (Daniel Roebuck). Evoking the look of 1966’s Munster Go Home, a brief coda reveals the first family of fright in (un)living color. In addition to showing the cast in motion as their famously creepy characters, the teaser also confirms THE MUNSTERS’ PG rating and decidedly comedic tone, marking Rob Zombie’s first foray into family-friendly fare.
Roebuck, who gets the teaser’s single line of dialogue, recently shared his thoughts on the long-awaited sneak-peek exclusively with Rue Morgue:
“I am so grateful that so many people are responding positively to the trailer,” says Roebuck. “Rob spared no detail in the telling of this story – which is now evident to all. Wait till you see the movie; It’ll blow you away. Sheri Moon Zombie and Jeff Daniel Phillips crush it!”
THE MUNSTERS from Universal Pictures is scheduled for a release sometime this year. Check out the trailer below!