Right after The Munsters finished up on TV, this movie was released. Everyone from the show but Pat Priest came back, with Marilyn now played by Debbie Watson. Even its director, Earl Bellamy, had worked on the show before.
The other major change in this movie is that it’s in color. The decision to make the movie — after the show ended, which isn’t how this usually works — is because this movie was made to introduce the characters and concept to foreign audiences, with the syndicated episodes following in its wake.
Herman (Fred Gwynne) and Lily Munster (Yvonne De Carlo) have inherited Munster Hall in Shroudshire, England, which makes Herman now Lord Munster to the rage of Herman’s British relatives Grace (Jeanne Arnold) and Freddie (Terry-Thomas, perfectly cast in this role). Also, somehow Grandpa has taken some wolf pills and is now a werewolf.
I always ask myself, when a horror-related movie comes out in the 60s, where is John Carradine? Well, he’s right here, playing the evil butler. Whew — I was worried he’d miss out on the paycheck.
This is also the movie with Drag-U-La in it, built by George Barris. It was the second car he made for The Munsters, with the other being the Munster Coach. Ironically, that’s the car in Rob Zombie’s video for “Dragula.” The sample at the open of that song — “superstition, fear and jealousy” — is Christopher Lee from Horror Hotel.