Because we’re Addams
So I know, I committed a huge faux pas five years ago when I reviewed the sequel over the original film.
It was my first Horrorfest, I hadn’t established any “rules” but was just doing whatever I watched or films that just popped in my head.
However, since then, I have realized that I need to not ignore the first film. Even though it is not very good.
Yes, I love The Addam’s Family. I watched the TV show, I loved everything about them, and have seen The Addam’s Family Values like a million times.
I love how kind and caring and macabre they are. It is fantastic.
So if it is such a great concept, why did this film bomb so? (At least in my opinion.)
Well let’s do a brief synopsis:
The Addams family is zany, fun, and awesome. They used to be a giant clan, but have lost people in zany and interesting ways through the years. Now they consist of Gomez Addams, his wife Morticia, and their two kids Pugsley and Wednesday. Morticia’s mother also lives with them in their old Victorian home. Along with the family is their butler Lurch and the servant hand Thing.
Gomez had an older brother Fester-but he and Gomez got in an argument and Fester took off, never to seen again. Through the years Gomez has tried everything to find him.
And has been heartbroken at the loss of his brother and hoped that he would return.
Meanwhile, their accountant Tully Alford has been trying to embezzle from their treasure room. He has no other clients and owes a ton of money to a loan shark.When she comes to collect bringing her goliath of a son, Gordon, Tully gets an idea.
If they give Gordon a few alterations, he’s a dead ringer for Uncle Fester. They decide to send him in with a story of him having amnesia in order to discover where the money is.
Gordon does, but as he pretends to be Uncle Fester he starts to enjoy the Addams’ Family way of life. Will he be able to stick to the plan, or will he instead become Uncle Fester.
So why doesn’t this film work?
Well the issues are that the storyline is boring.
It is something we have seen many times before and you knew immediately how it would conclude.
The storyline is amazing in the sequel! You never knew what was going to happen with the kids, the adults, or Debbie.
The characters never go all out like they do in the sequel. I think it is just because they weren’t sure how far they could go.
It isn’t horrible, but it just isn’t fun. Especially in comparison to the sequel.
The only thing I really loved about this film was I thought it was cute when Margaret Alford and Cousin It get together, especially how at first she was all I can’t stand the Addams-and then she becomes one.
And Raúl Juliá. He was such an amazing actor and he was Gomez Addams. I could watch hour after hour after hour of him being Gomez Addams.
If they had made a third film (not The Addams Family Reunion), that was just Raúl Juliá being Gomez Addams I would have paid to watch that over and over.
Sadly he passed away at an early age. So sad as we lost a talented star.
The best thing will be skip this film and check out the amazing and fun sequel.
To start Horrorfest VI, from the beginning, go to One of Our Guests is a Werewolf, I Know It.: The Beast Must Die (1974)
For more on The Addams Family, go to Someone Very Special: The Addam’s Family Values (1993)
For more Horror-Comedies, go to I Died for You! I Came Back from the Dead for You! I Love You!: My Boyfriend’s Back (1993)