They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky. They’re altogether ooky… Their house is a museum. When people come to see ‘em, they really are a scream! So get a witch’s shawl on, a broomstick you can crawl on. We’re gonna pay a call on the Addams Family and the Addams Family Values in this 31 Days of Horror Double Feature!
These films are definitely more of a comedy rather than horror. It has many elements of horror but turns everything that is supposed to be scary into something that normal for the Adams Family, which is also what makes the movie funny. The scene where the kids put on a school play is hilarious and my favorite. The special effects are decent with some good camera tricks, but nothing that I really stood out to me. Even though I never much cared for the Adams Family series I really did enjoy the movies and I can appreciate why the series was so popular. The acting was good and it gets you in the Halloween spirit.
I’m really glad we added these movies. It’s fun to take yourself out of the dread for a night to enjoy something simple. These are also a couple of the only movies on our schedule that my wife actually watched with me. While I enjoy Joan Cusack’s character in “Family Values”, the first really takes the cake for me. The subtle, unspoken bits each character portrays seem so natural in their world I spend more time searching for little Easter eggs or jokes in the background than listening to the dialogue. The second is similar but loses some of its charm in a busier plot. And never forget, Christina Ricci is the iconic Wednesday Addams.
Growing up with a Father whose birthday is on Halloween, we grew up in the horrific, so this was always a part of our ritualistic tendencies during October. Again, nothing terrifying, but hilarious for us as kids; hilarious, and captivating still now as adults. Classic, and iconic for a good reason. All the archetypes the characters adhere to are so recognizable, so perfectly put, and so goofy. Definitely great additions on these days of horror.
– David Burchell
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