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32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 7: The New Addams Family & Black Friday!

Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff in Black Friday (1940)

First up for today, Cosette brought to my attention that the Addams Family had their own Halloween special way back in very colorful 1977. Pretty much the entire cast of the original show returned for this TV movie, although it was called Halloween With The New Addams Family, although they are really not new and they’re certainly not tied to the actual New Addams Family series that would show up in 1998. But, you know, maybe this is the Earth-1 Addams Family. Who knows?

Speaking of that later series, I don’t recall watching it or Addams Family Reunion, the movie that spawned it. I certainly didn’t recall that Kevin McCarthy (the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers) was Grandpa Addams in that film, nor that John Astin would take over the role as a guest star in the 90s series. Regardless, here ’tis.

Now we move to tonight’s feature film. Long before Black Friday was a term for “shopping feeding frenzy,” it was a film from 1940 that starred Karloff and Lugosi, though they didn’t actually appear on screen together and Lugosi’s part was rather small. So if you’re looking for these two to have a exchange like Pacino/DeNiro in Heat, that’s for another film. And let’s face it, you probably wish it was Friday today. So. Enjoy.