Yet another classic character from The Munsters has been announced for Rob Zombie’s upcoming reboot. Over the past several months, Zombie has been revealing one character after another that will be featured in the new movie. This even includes many minor characters from the classic sitcom as Zombie seems to want to bring as many characters from that universe into the reboot as possible.
On Instagram, Zombie reveals that Zombo, a television horror host, is the next character to join the film. Including an image of Zombo in action, Zombie says, “After 56 years! The man… the myth… the legend returns! The one and only ZOMBO!”
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In the original television series, Zombo was played by late actor Louis Nye. He was featured heavily in one popular episode of The Munsters, called “Zombo,” that originally aired in 1966. The episode follows Eddie (Butch Patrick) winning a television contest to meet his idol, the horror host Zombo. This makes Eddie’s father Herman (Fred Gwynne) jealous, and in an attempt to impress Eddie, Herman attempts to adapt Zombo’s personality traits for himself.
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Zombie has announced several other characters that will be appearing in the reboot after they were briefly featured in the sitcom. Tomas Boykin will be playing Sheri’s werewolf brother Lester Dracula, and Zombie released an image of the actor in the role, shown above. Herman’s boss Mr. Gateman, as played by Jeremy Wheeler, is also returning for the reboot. A behind-the-scenes video recently revealed that Uncle Gilbert is there for the party as well.
Jeff Daniel Phillips, Sheri Moon Zombie, and Dan Roebuck lead the cast in their respective roles as Herman, Lily, and The Count. The movie also stars Richard Brake, Sylvester McCoy, Jorge Garcia, Catherine Schell, Cassandra Peterson, Dee Wallace, Roderick Hill, and Mark Griffith. Zombie has also revealed that Pat Priest, who played Marilyn Munster in the classic sitcom, will be appearing in the reboot in an undisclosed role. It’s very clear that the filmmakers have great respect for the source material.
“To this day, you can watch them and still crack up,” Grandpa actor Dan Roebuck said of the classic sitcom, via Horror Geek Life. “I know there was talk about recycling some jokes as the show went on, but some sixty years later and re-watching them, it doesn’t bother you at all. There were only a few more episodes of The Munsters than there were of The Honeymooners, yet we still pull so much laughter out of the both of them, they’re timeless. They were such brief runs, but they’ll last forever.”
The Munsters doesn’t have an official release date. Following rumors of a day-and-date release in theaters and on Peacock, it has since been reported that the movie might get sold to Netflix for a streaming premiere. The film is currently still filming in Budapest and is expected to arrive before the end of the year.