Rob Zombie’s Munsters Image Recreates Iconic Herman & Lily Scene

A new image from The Munsters sees Lily playing the harp with Herman. Rob Zombie, who is best known for his R-rated horror works like the Firefly trilogy and Halloween reboot, has directed and produced The Munsters off a screenplay he wrote himself. The movie serves as a prequel story to the classic 1964 sitcom of the same name by Allan Burns and Chris Hayward, and it sees Jeff Daniel Phillips, Sheri Moon Zombie, and Daniel Roebuck take over the roles of Herman, Lily, and Grandpa/ The Count respectively. Since Zombie is a big fan of the original show, he has earnestly tried to capture the nuances of the sitcom, developing the movie as his first PG project.


As teased by Zombie, The Munsters will track the amusing courtship between Lily, a 150-year-old vampire who is eager to find love, and Herman, a green-hued Frankenstein monster who has been animated by the mad scientist Dr. Henry Augustus Wolfgang. However, Lily's doting father, The Count, disapproves of the romance and comes up with different conspiracies to separate the two. Recently, Zombie shared the quirky and astonishingly colorful trailer for The Munsters. But it proved to be divisive, as some fans criticized the style and direction. In contrast, others lauded the faithfulness to the campy and over-acted tone and the brilliantly accurate recreation of the original costumes and the Mockingbird Lane Mansion.

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Now, Zombie has shared another glimpse at his The Munsters movie on Instagram. The picture shows Lily playing the harp with Herman by her side as the two seemingly pose for a portrait. It's unclear whether the duo will play some eerie music in the film, but it is promising to see how magnificently Daniel Philips and Moon Zombie have gotten lost in their roles. Take a look at the image below.

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As hardcore fans of the original The Munsters sitcom may recall, the new still is a recreation of a scene from the memorable "Far Out Munsters" episode from season 1. In the episode, the Munsters rent out their house to an unsuspecting group, only to return and find out that their tenants are a rock n roll group who've thrown a big party at the mansion. Instead of confronting them, the Munsters decide to add life to the event; Herman recites poetry while Lily plays the harp and sings "He's Gone Away." The song was undoubtedly the highlight of the entire episode, with a lot of praise going towards original star Yvonne De Carlo's charming voice. The usual Munster goofiness was at its peak in the episode, and the absolutely hilarious chemistry and performances delivered a lot of laughs. The particular scene with the harp remains iconic to date, and by reproducing it, Zombie has definitely paid homage to Burns and Hayward's work.

It is heartwarming to see that Zombie's new movie hearkens back to the classic comic tropes of the mothership series, and there is an acknowledgment of not only the beloved original characters and story but also of some of the most memorable hijinks that made the sitcom so popular. Fans have been concerned about the quality of Zombie's The Munsters movie since its trailer came out. But as the new image clearly shows, the film is sufficiently true to its source material, and it's willing to offer both new gags as well as a rib-tickling dose of nostalgia to those who have wished for an honest reboot in some form for years. That said, the new image should help tide fans over who are anxiously awaiting The Munsters' release on Netflix. But the good news is they won't have to wait too long, as the movie comes out on DVD and Blu-ray next month, before becoming available to stream on the service.