The Rob Zombie movie The Munsters is headed to Netflix (at least in the United States) in the fall of 2022.
Note: This article was first published on July 17th but has been updated with additional information.
Likely to hit Netflix just in time for Halloween season is a new reboot of The Munsters, which is based TV series that ran in the mid-1960s on CBS. The series focused on a family of friendly monsters who have misadventures, never quite understanding why people react to them so strangely.
The new movie, written and directed by Zombie, is picking up the same story thread with the beloved family of monsters moving from Transylvania to an American suburb.
Jeff Daniel Phillips is set to star as Herman Munster, Sheri Moon Zombie as Lily Munster, Daniel Roebuck as Grandpa Munster, and Cassandra Peterson as Barbara Carr.
The first trailer debuted on July 13th and it’s fair to say it did so to a mixed reaction. It’s set to release on Digital, Blu-Ray, and DVD on September 27th, 2022.
The announcement of the movie coming to Netflix came via Rob Zombie himself on Instagram, where he posted:
“This fall we are gonna spook-out like it’s 1964! Yep, THE MUNSTERS and THE ADDAMS FAMILY are returning to the boob tube at the same time courtesy of @netflix It’s been 58 years since this clash of the titans first happened. Perfect entertainment for your pumpkin carving party. Check out this wicked fall preview issue of TV Guide for the 64-65 season I found while cleaning. Wacky monster fans unite! ☠️☠️☠️☠️ #themunsters”
As Zombie points out, Netflix is also set to release Wednesday based on The Addams Family.
As DreadCentral notes, the arrival of both onto Netflix will be similar to 1964 when both of the original titles were first released, saying “It seems like The Munsters and the Addams will once again square off on television, just like in 1964. Groovy.”
The Munsters will only be on Netflix in the United States
The movie is distributed by Universal 1440 Entertainment, one of Universal Pictures’ content arms. They’re typically known for some of the smaller productions from the studio and often are associated with being “direct-to-DVD,” missing out on a theatrical run.
A representative for NBC Universal told us that Netflix had licensed the film only in the US, that it will be available later this year and it is not a Netflix Original title.
That means if you’re outside the United States, you’ll likely be reliant on VOD services to get your Munsters fix.
We’ve seen numerous movies from the sibling studio of Universal make their SVOD debuts on Netflix over the years. This includes Dragonheart Vengeance, American Pie Presents Girls’ Rules, and Bobbleheads The Movie.
On the flipside, Netflix is set to receive exclusive global rights to the upcoming 47 Ronin sequel, Blade of 47 Ronin.
The Munsters and while we don’t have a Netflix release date just yet, if it follows the trends of some of the aforementioned titles, it’ll be available on Netflix the same day as it gets released on VOD and physical release.
Will you be checking out The Munsters on Netflix? Let us know in the comments.