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These families are not like the others: they range from friendly monsters to real psychopaths, and sometimes friendly psychopaths. Well, families tend to have things in common. Members tend to look, behave and act similarly, whether because of genetics or uprising, a family normally has traditions, internal rules, shared hobbies and a whole microculture. This is what happens when the family is unusual.

The two most well known examples are probably The Munsters and The Addams Family; both sitcoms aired the same year and had the same basic premise; a family that scared people, and both were not only amazingly successful but also had a strong impact in popular culture. Other than that they had a key difference: the Munsters are monsters acting like humans, the Addamses are humans acting like monsters.


A case of It Runs in the Family and very often a behavior that identifies The Clan, most of the cases show a Nuclear Family albeit often with cases of Nephewism and, ironically, in most examples they are not Dysfunctional Families. Nonhuman examples often involve a Monster Mash via Random Species Offspring. Sometimes overlaps with Quirky Household, when is an entire village is a case of Halloweentown. Contrast with The Family That Slays Together for the horror version, not to be confused with Creepy Uncle.



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     Comic Books 

     Film - Animated 
  • Several of the monsters in Hotel Transylvania have their families, most notably Dracula and the Wolf Man.

     Film - Live-Action 
  • The Addams Family had a remake in the 1990s known by the same name, The Addams Family, that was critically and financially successful, thus producing a sequel, Addams Family Values. Both centered on Uncle Fester to some degree, and the children as the secondary plot. The second one wasn't as successful commercially, so a third movie was never made. A Made-for-TV Movie was made, The Addams Family Reunion, but is generally considered much inferior in quality to the previous ones.
  • Rob Zombie did a kind of remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with House of 1000 Corpses and the Firefly family, with more comedic overtones, yet still a family of violent, murderous psychopaths.
  • The Monster Club is an Anthology Film with Vincent Price and John Carradine which deals with a hybrid from a monster family know as Shadmock constantly speaking about his relations, a kid who discovers that his father is a vampire and a town comprised of ghouls.
  • The Munsters had two movies with the original cast (except Pat Priest), Munsters Go Home and The Munsters' Revenge. Other made-for-TV movies with new casts proliferated during the 1980s and 1990s with mixed results.
  • Wang Fam, a Filipino horror-comedy about a family of aswangs.

  • Ray Bradbury wrote several short stories about the Elliotts, a family of supernatural creatures with special abilities. One could See Through Anothers Eyes and another named Uncle Einar had large wings and could fly.
  • Costa Rican writer Daniel Gonzalez Chaves in his children's novel Leonor; aventuras fantasticas has a creepy family; the Quintrala del Osario, the family of main character Leonor (a pale, thin, scary-looking Goth girl) which includes her father, a greenish incredible tall man; her mother, an attractive, yet eccentric, Gothic-looking woman, and her grandmother, that looks like the classic hag. They also live in a haunted house and her father has a factory of knives. They are all friendly people never-the-less.
  • H. P. Lovecraft was a big fan of this trope, he uses it frequently; the Marsh family in The Shadow Over Innsmouth, the Whateley in The Dunwich Horror, the Potters in Witch's Hollow, etc. Horror in Lovecraft's work was very often related to families and bloodlines.

     Live-Action TV 

  • The Addams Family Broadway musical with such actors as Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth in the original run.

     Video Games 
  • The Goth family, present in almost every iteration of The Sims. They are considered expies of The Addams Family, living in a similarly spooky mansion that is frequently haunted by the ghosts of family members buried in their backyard. The Morticia Addams expy, Bella, has a whole plot revolving around her mysterious disappearance.
  • The bosses from the light gun game Ghoul Panic are a family composed of a vampire (the father), a witch (older daughter), a Frankenstein's monster (younger son, who turns into a huge older version of himself) and a giant dragon (mother and the final boss). Don't ask how it is even possible.


     Western Animation 
  • The Addams Family had two animated series, one in 1973 and one in 1992. Both were produced by Hanna-Barbera.
  • The Gruesomes were the scary, yet friendly, neighbors of The Flintstones. The Gruesomes, much like the Addams, seem to be anatomically normal humans but look and act eccentrically, have a lot of weird animals as pets (including a giant grasshopper) and live in what looks like a haunted house. They were replaced by the Frankenstones (essentially the Frankenstein Monster and his wife with children) in the spin-off series The Flintstone Comedy Show. A similar-looking version of the Gruesomes named the Creepleys appeared in Laff-A-Lympics.
  • An episode of Popeye and Son has Junior befriend a kid who dresses a lot like Eddie Munster and who is ostracized by other kids (especially Bluto’s son and local bully). The kid turns out to be a werewolf and his family is made up of monsters: his dad is a Dracula-like vampire, his mom is a literal Mummy and his grandpa is the Frankenstein Monster.
  • A failed TV pilot for an animated series called Mini-Munsters (with the voices of most of the original cast of The Munsters) was produced in the 1970s.
  • Neighbors from Hell is about a family of demons that moves to Earth.
  • The Real Ghostbusters had several examples:
    • The ghost family in the very first episode "Ghosts R Us"
    • An Addams family expy in the Mycawbs in episode "Loathe Thy Neighbor" (although the daughter looks more like Marilyn Munster)
    • A family of tourist ghosts in "Transcendental Tourists"
    • A cute baby ghost is searched for by her much more menacing parents in "Baby Spookums"
    • The Grungys, a parody of The Simpsons in "Guess What's Coming to Dinner"
  • Episode "Who's Minding the Monster?" of The New Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Show has the gang helping to babysit a werewolf baby that turns into wolf when the moon shines. His father was Dracula and his mother a Bride of Frankenstein-like monster.
  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes: "Parents' Day" reveals that Enid was born a witch, her parents are a werewolf and a vampire, and her little brothers are a Pumpkin Person and a Frankenstein's monster.
  • Ugly Americans: Callie's family from her father's side consists of actual demons, and her father is Satan.
  • The Toonsylvania segment Night of the Living Fred starred a family of zombies known as the Deadmans.
  • The Smurfs has Tallulah and Selwyn, a couple of married wizards living in a hunted castle with a gargoyle for pet/son.

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The Addams Family

The Addamses are an extensive clan from the old world, all of them notable for being creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky.

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