To celebrate Halloween I will post 13 of my favorite Halloween movies or T.V. Shows, with a short review, every night until Halloween!
“When long-lost Uncle Fester reappears after twenty-five years in the Bermuda Triangle, the other members of the off-beat Addams clan plan a great celebration, only to begin to suspect that he may not be who he claims to be.”
“It’s love at first fright when Gomez and Morticia welcome a new addition to the Addams household, Pubert, their soft, cuddly, mustachioed baby boy. As Fester falls hard for voluptuous nanny Debbie Jilnsky, Wednesday and Pugsley discover she’s a black-widow murderess who plans to add Fester to her collection of dead husbands. The family’s future grows even bleaker when the no-good nanny marries Fester and has the kids shipped off to summer camp.”
The Addams Family has been adapted many times since the original cartoon strips, which were published between 1938 and 1988. Since the death of the creator of the family, Charles Addams, there have been countless movies and even a T.V. series in 1964. I decided to recommend the adaption with which I am most familiar and the one that I enjoy the most. The Addams Family was released in 1991 and then followed by The Addams Family Values in 1993. Angelica Houston portrays Morticia, Raúl Juliá as Gomez, Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester, and the ever popular Christina Ricci as Wednesday.
The Addams Family is one of the most well-known families on television. They’re known for their dead-pan, macabre, and often described as depressing, demeanor and, of course, their dark humor. All actors involved in the 1991 & 1993 adaptations really hit the nail in the coffin in regards to the portrayal of the unique family (pun intended), especially Christina Ricci. I attempted to be Wednesday Addams a few times for Halloween and I, honestly, found her deadpan humor and snarky come-backs almost exhausting to keep up with through out the day. Although it seems as though it would be the opposite, the actors had me in stitches almost throughout both movies. While dark humor is an acquired taste, those who enjoy macabre comedy will find much joy and humor throughout the movies. The movie set, especially the Addams’ house, costuming, and special effects all add a spectacular dimension to the films.
What I think I enjoy most about The Addams Family, is how it can be viewed as almost a satire. While the Addamses are usually considered outcasts because they’re outwardly different from your average and normal family. In reality, though, the Addams Family is actually very loving and the complete opposite of dysfunctional.
Summary and image taken from catalog.ccls.org.