"They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, they're all together ooky..."
Featuring standout performances from Raúl Juliá, Anjelica Huston, Christina Ricci and Christopher Lloyd, The Addams Family and Addams Family Values have lived on as enduring Halloween staples and Ricci's pitch-perfect take on young Wednesday Addams still serving as one of the spooky holiday's icons.
Though it was based on morbidly funny and popular cartoon created by Charles Addams and the 1964 TV series, no one in Hollywood expected the first film to be a hit when it was released in 1991. Made for just $30 million in a long and difficult 20-week shoot, The Addams Family surprised everyone when it went on to gross $200 million. Two years later, its sequel, Addams Family Values, premiered and while it underperformed, making just under $50 million, its still beloved by viewers to this day. (Though the less said about the third film, 1998's straight-to-DVD Addams Family Reunion, featuring an almost entirely new cast, the better.)
In honor of the Addams family's latest animated outing, The Addams Family (with voice-work from Charlize Theron, Oscar Isaac, Finn Wolfhard and Chloe Grace Moretz), we're looking back on 1991's The Addams Family and 1993's Addams Family Values and revealing some behind-the-scenes facts you might not know about the cult-classic movies that director Barry Sonnenfeld, writer Paul Rudnick and the stars have revealed over the years....
The Addams Family is in theaters now.