While Anjelica Huston had no problem doing the actual actions for the first two Addams Family movies, and the overall experience was a positive one, looking like Morticia was another matter. To get the right look of the alluring wife of Gomez, Huston had to wear gauze eye-lifts to get a slanted eye look, resulting in her getting bad headaches while she wore them.
There’s also the metal corset she had to wear to get the character’s trademark waist. She wore fake nails, and she also had to get, as far as we can tell multiple neck tucks. She couldn’t bend or even lie down in the corset, so by the end of the day, she was exhausted.
Recovering From a Long Night
During the 1993 film “Addams Family Values,” Gomez and the newest addition to the family, young son Pubert, are recovering from a bachelor party. Gomez fixes himself something that he refers to as “Hair of the Dog,” referencing a popular hangover cure.
After that, however, he goes on to fix the infant Pubert, something he refers to as “Hair of the Pup,” which raises some worrying questions. At the same time, Pubert is wearing a pair of sunglasses, which goes on to suggest Pubert might have gotten a little too wild the night before. We don't know if Morticia would approve, but it is the Addams family.
A Real Spooky House
While the sets themselves weren't actually found inside a Gothic house, the house that viewers of the show from the sixties during the title sequence was a real building. You can find it at 21 Chester Place in Los Angeles. The prop and special effects department had to do a little work to add a third floor and a tower to make it a little spookier and bigger for the shot.
While early fans were able to take a look at the real thing, the house was torn down at some point between 1968 and 1972. Then again, almost every other building in Los Angeles went the same way, so we shouldn't be surprised.
The Animated Addams
A number of different animated versions of this spooky family have been released. While the first time they appeared in animated form was with the Scooby gang, they got their own show a year later, in 1973. This show featured actors from the live-action show reprising their roles.
Another version came out in 1992 following the success of the first movie, which generally brought on new actors except for John Astin as Gomez. In 2019, an animated movie came out featuring the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, and other notable names. This included Snoop Dogg, who plays Cousin Itt. A straight-to-DVD sequel came out in 2021.
A Totally Different Cast
The first Addams Family movie could have looked very different if the original director had stayed on the project. That original director was none other than Tim Burton, and the project was so perfect for him that it's almost stereotypical. Cher was interested in playing the role of Morticia, but the producers were focused on getting Anjelica Huston from the very beginning.
Actors Danny DeVito and Bob Hoskins were both offered the part of Uncle Fester, but both turned it down. Anthony Hopkins was also offered the role of Fester, but he decided to turn it down in order to play Hannibal Lecter in “Silence of the Lambs.” We think that was the right choice.