The Addams Family At 30: How It Unexpectedly Became A Comedy Classic

“Du, du, du, duh, click, click”.

While The Addams Family might currently be known for Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan’s adorable animated movies, those of a certain age will have grown up with a very different spooky and kooky family.

As Barry Sonnenfeld’s The Addams Family turns 30, it’s time to look back at what made the black comedy darker than you’d expect your average family-friendly outing to be.

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As part of its legacy, 1991’s The Addams Family flowed in that underappreciated vein of dark ‘90s movies that couldn’t be further away from the pastel-coloured Rugrats or Will Smith rapping in The Fresh Prince.

The casting of screen legend Raúl Juliá, Christopher ‘Back To The Future’ Lloyd, and a post-Witches Anjelica Huston gave The Addams Family the star power it needed.

However, as many modern A-list ensembles have shown, that’s not enough to help an idea crawl out of the crypt to the top of the box office. So, how did they do it?

In this month’s issue of our digital magazine The Lowdown, we look back at how this unlikely reboot became a box office sensation and an enduring comedy classic 30 years on.

Read the full feature for free here.

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Tom Chapman

Tom Chapman

Contributing Writer

Tom Chapman is a Manchester-based writer with square eyes and the love of a good pun. Raised on a diet of Jurassic Park and Jumanji, this '90s boy had VHS movies flowing in his blood from a young age. These days, he's addicted to all things Watchmen, Game of Thrones, and The Mandalorian, while reading up on what the X-Men are doing and imagining a life in Gotham City. Having previously worked at What Culture, Movie Pilot, and Screen Rant, Tom is now finding his way at Zavvi, Digital Spy, Radio Times, and Comic Book Resources. No topic is too big or too small for this freelance writer by day, crime-fighting vigilante by night