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Monday, October 10, 2011

The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas (1996)

 The 1996 made-for-TV movie The Munsters’ Scary Little Christmas is based on the familiar characters from the classic 1960s TV sitcom, The Munsters.  Just like the original TV series,  this movie isn't very frightening.  But there is enough dark humor here to entertain adult viewers as well.

The Munster family are filled with the Christmas spirit except for young Eddie, who misses the traditions of their former home in Transylvania.  The main plot focuses on how each member of the Munsters clan tries to help little Eddie recapture his Christmas spirit.  His father, Herman, attempts to reach Eddie by buying him an expensive toy: The Marquis de Sade Dungeon Action Play set--complete with thumb screws. Mother, Lily, tries to inspire Eddie by asking for his help in elaborately decorating their home for a neighborhood contest. Lily ends up winning the house decorating contest when the judges love her unique sophisticated, dark -themed, tribute to Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty. Her tableau includes guillotined snowmen, rabid reindeer and spider-filled webs.

Don't slice up Santa!
And, Grandpa conjures a spell to produce snow.  Inadvertently, his magical concoction strands Santa Claus in the Munster home, keeping him from being able to deliver his gifts on Christmas Eve.  Things get even worse when Grandpa’s mixed-up alchemy turns Santa into a fruitcake!

Don’t miss the funny continuing gag of Herman unknowingly frightening away the door-to-door carolers.  Another outrageous moment includes Santa’s elves ending up at a dangerous biker bar.  And, just like the a typical plot point from the TV series, Marilyn finds a chance for romance.  Will he find her family a bit too weird as well?

The Munsters admiring their outdoor Christmas display
The cast includes: Sam McMurray as Herman Munster; Ann Magnuson as Lily Munster; Bug Hall as Eddie Munster; Elaine Hendrix as Marilyn; Sandy Baron as Grandpa Munster; and, cult film actress Mary Woronov as the neighbor Mrs. Dimwitty.

Looking for a free DVD of this movie to watch with your family?  I've got one to giveaway.  The first person to comment on the blog below and ask for it--I'll mail it to you (North American residents only please).  Make sure you already follow this blog through Google Friends Connect.  That's the only condition.  And thanks for reading :)


  1. in the words of the one and only rick james...
    give it to me baby!

  2. I waited to comment so someone else could snag this DVD, since I have seen this already. Great of you to offer it up, Joanna! Congrats, Roza!

  3. I have always wanted to see this. Now I need to see it even more. Here's hoping its on TV this year.

  4. Congratulations Roza! On not only being a 'Super Freak' but on winning today's giveaway :)

    Stay alert everyone. I have more to giveaway this month. Thanks for participating :)