The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas Poster

The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas (1996)

Comedy | Family | Horror
Rayting:   5.1/10 478 votes
Country: USA
Language: English
Release date: December 17, 1996

Get ready for some holiday spirits as the first family of fright rallies to show melancholy Eddie Munster (Bug Hall) some of the holly, jolly magic that only Santa can bring.

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admin-503 6 June 2010

When you hear "The Munsters" you instantly think Fred Gwynne (Herman) Al Lewis (Grandpa) and Yvonne DeCarlo (Lily). The three iconic characters that define the original First Family of Fright are the three most difficult to recreate.

Since previous reviews have spelled out what happens in this made for television movie, I'll focus my comments on the cast.

Sam McMurray as Herman Munster. Of previous actors to play the role since Fred Gwynne, Sam McMurray does a fairly good job of bringing the bumbling goof-ball Herman back to the small screen. A number of scenes bring a smile as that old familiar Herman appears like a mirage through McMurray's acting. Unfortunately his delivery of some of Herman's most memorable outbursts seem canned and without heart. While other moments seem over acted to the point of being out of character.

Not to be held against McMurray, the make-up team lacked the ability to transform him into Herman as Steve Johnson did with Edward Hermann in "Here Come the Munsters." In this incarnation Herman's facial color is bright minty green and the contouring seems to appear and disappear between scenes, leaving him looking flat and without character. McMurray also is not nearly as tall (only 6'2) as either Fred Gwynne or Edward Hermann who were both 6'5. Even with the platform boots and flat top head prosthetic McMurray did not tower over his costars as he should have.

All things considered Sam McMurray gets seven stars out of a possible ten.

Sandy Baron as Grandpa. With all due respect to the late Mr. Baron, he was the worst element of this television movie. Baron's portrayal of Grandpa was so poorly delivered it actually brings a cringe. Ignoring the poor script for Grandpa, Baron delivers almost every line nearly out of breath and completely out of character. His facial expressions and mannerisms come across the screen as a painfully forced, terrible Al Lewis impersonation. Making matters worse his poorly applied make-up included a monstrous, out of proportion nose prosthetic that stood out like a sore thumb. None of the magic or charm of Al Lewis' Grandpa was invoked by Baron.

Sadly Sandy Baron gets one star out of a possible ten for his out of touch portrayal of the lovable, cantankerous Grandpa.

Ann Magnuson as Lily Munster. Yvonne DeCarlo defined Lily Munster and made her what she is. From her facial expressions, body language and personality DeCarlo made Lily iconic and impossible to cast. That is until Ann Magnuson.

Magnuson stands out as the highlight of this entire television movie. In every scene involving Lily, Magnuson channels DeCarlo's charm, charisma and matriarchal appeal. Magnuson managed to achieve what seemed impossible. She became Lily, to the point where every scene she appeared in, she stole completely. If Magnuson is guilty of anything, it is playing Lily so well, it only showed how poorly the rest of the cast embodied their characters.

While the make-up team failed miserably on Herman and Grandpa, they excelled on Lily. Her make-up remained constant through out the film and though not quite blue enough as the original, Magnuson glowed as the daylight resistant Vampiress. While a liberty or two was taken with her gown, and the length of her hair was not quite long enough. None of these small variances upstaged her presence. Dare I say she was a 'dead' ringer for Yvonne?

Ann Magnuson gets ten out of ten stars for her haunting recreation of a cl

helpless_dancer 16 December 2001

About what you'd expect from the weirdest family in southern california. As Eddie displays negative emotions toward the holidays the family attempts to dredge him from the depths of the Christmas doldrums. Along the way Grampa tries to help Santa with his gift giving by concocting a magic potion for the jolly one but is hindered by a pair of pesky elves. As all this is going on Mrs. M and Eddie enter the house decorating contest with an unusual decor, much to the chagrin of an obnoxious, competitive neighbor. Pretty lame, but still some silly fun.

admin-503 6 June 2010

When you hear "The Munsters" you instantly think Fred Gwynne (Herman) Al Lewis (Grandpa) and Yvonne DeCarlo (Lily). The three iconic characters that define the original First Family of Fright are the three most difficult to recreate.

Since previous reviews have spelled out what happens in this made for television movie, I'll focus my comments on the cast.

Sam McMurray as Herman Munster. Of previous actors to play the role since Fred Gwynne, Sam McMurray does a fairly good job of bringing the bumbling goof-ball Herman back to the small screen. A number of scenes bring a smile as that old familiar Herman appears like a mirage through McMurray's acting. Unfortunately his delivery of some of Herman's most memorable outbursts seem canned and without heart. While other moments seem over acted to the point of being out of character.

Not to be held against McMurray, the make-up team lacked the ability to transform him into Herman as Steve Johnson did with Edward Hermann in "Here Come the Munsters." In this incarnation Herman's facial color is bright minty green and the contouring seems to appear and disappear between scenes, leaving him looking flat and without character. McMurray also is not nearly as tall (only 6'2) as either Fred Gwynne or Edward Hermann who were both 6'5. Even with the platform boots and flat top head prosthetic McMurray did not tower over his costars as he should have.

All things considered Sam McMurray gets seven stars out of a possible ten.

Sandy Baron as Grandpa. With all due respect to the late Mr. Baron, he was the worst element of this television movie. Baron's portrayal of Grandpa was so poorly delivered it actually brings a cringe. Ignoring the poor script for Grandpa, Baron delivers almost every line nearly out of breath and completely out of character. His facial expressions and mannerisms come across the screen as a painfully forced, terrible Al Lewis impersonation. Making matters worse his poorly applied make-up included a monstrous, out of proportion nose prosthetic that stood out like a sore thumb. None of the magic or charm of Al Lewis' Grandpa was invoked by Baron.

Sadly Sandy Baron gets one star out of a possible ten for his out of touch portrayal of the lovable, cantankerous Grandpa.

Ann Magnuson as Lily Munster. Yvonne DeCarlo defined Lily Munster and made her what she is. From her facial expressions, body language and personality DeCarlo made Lily iconic and impossible to cast. That is until Ann Magnuson.

Magnuson stands out as the highlight of this entire television movie. In every scene involving Lily, Magnuson channels DeCarlo's charm, charisma and matriarchal appeal. Magnuson managed to achieve what seemed impossible. She became Lily, to the point where every scene she appeared in, she stole completely. If Magnuson is guilty of anything, it is playing Lily so well, it only showed how poorly the rest of the cast embodied their characters.

While the make-up team failed miserably on Herman and Grandpa, they excelled on Lily. Her make-up remained constant through out the film and though not quite blue enough as the original, Magnuson glowed as the daylight resistant Vampiress. While a liberty or two was taken with her gown, and the length of her hair was not quite long enough. None of these small variances upstaged her presence. Dare I say she was a 'dead' ringer for Yvonne?

Ann Magnuson gets ten out of ten stars for her haunting recreation of a cl

Big Movie Fan 12 August 2002

I loved the original Munsters series from the 1960's. I also enjoyed the reunion movie from 1981. However, I cannot say I enjoyed The Munsters Today from 1988. So before I saw this film in 1996 I was a little apprehensive.

But it's a magical film which will be loved by kids and adults alike. As the title suggests, it's set during the fantastic Christmas period where The Munsters get up to all sorts of fun. Oh, and they also receive a visit from many other creatures throughout the world (I think I spotted The Creature from The Black Lagoon at one point).

The cast all do a great job. It's hard filling the shoes of the great actors from the 60's series but the cast do a wonderful job of recreating the magic (if only all TV remake movies could do it). The film has many funny scenes throughout.

Fans of the original series, I recommend you check this out. You won't be disappointed.

helpless_dancer 16 December 2001

About what you'd expect from the weirdest family in southern california. As Eddie displays negative emotions toward the holidays the family attempts to dredge him from the depths of the Christmas doldrums. Along the way Grampa tries to help Santa with his gift giving by concocting a magic potion for the jolly one but is hindered by a pair of pesky elves. As all this is going on Mrs. M and Eddie enter the house decorating contest with an unusual decor, much to the chagrin of an obnoxious, competitive neighbor. Pretty lame, but still some silly fun.

Sylviastel 1 March 2018

I don't recall the previous Munsters film with a new cast. Ann Magnuson and Sam McMurray played Herman and Lily Munster. They still live in the gothic mansion with Lily's father, Grandpa; cousin, Marilyn; and son Eddy. The television movie is about Eddy getting the Christmas spirit. Throw in Santa Claus and Grandpa's spell and two mischievous elves looking for Christmas Eve off. The movie is lighthearted and family fun. I always enjoyed the Munsters more than the Addams family perhaps they were always lighter in mood and spirit.

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