Rob Zombie's take on The Munsters is set to reintroduce fans to Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster in the original series. He isn't the first classic Munsters star to be attached to the new film in one way or another, with Pat Priest (who played Marilyn) seemingly recording something as-yet-unannounced for the project. Zombie revealed today that Patrick will perform as Tin Can Man, a robot built by Eddie and Grandpa Munster in a 1964 episode that centered on Eddie's science fair. Zombie teased, "Get ready for some robot fun," and revealed to fans by way of a trio of photos that this was Patrick's role in the new film.
When Zombie was first announced as the director of The Munsters, fans were not sure what to expect. After all, he has a very specific, grimy aesthetic that carried over from. his own movies to the Halloween franchise remakes he did. Promising that the movie will not be "dirty, violent, and nasty," Zombie suggested that the film will maintain the tone from previous versions of The Munsters, a horror-comedy that started as a sitcom in 1964.
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The Munsters had an initial run of 70 episodes over two seasons, and was followed by numerous TV movies, as well as a few attempts to reboot it.
The series centers on a family of monsters who live in the everyday world. If that feels like The Addams Family to you, there are similarities...but the key difference is that The Munsters has a lighter touch, and the characters themselves are less acutely aware of how out of sync with the mainstream they are.
Munsters fans had previously expressed concern that the characters would be rendered unrecognizable, or that the movie would be transformed into a redneck gore-fest, after Zombie was announced. His distinctive style as a director overtook the style and tone of the Halloween franchise when he rebooted that, leading to some of the most polarizing movies in that long-running franchise.
Jeff Daniel Phillips is playing Herman Munster and Sheri Moon Zombie is playing Lily Munster in the film, with Daniel Roebuck co-starring as Grandpa Munster. Zombie regular Richard Brake is playing Dr. Henry Augustus Wolfgang. Catherine Schell is playing "Zoya Krupp the gypsy queen." Dee Wallace, Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson, and Jorge Garcia are also set to appear. The film is due out later this year, expected to drop on either Peacock or Netflix.