Addams Family Values (1993)
They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re all together ooky, and they’re in an eccentric, morbidly funny flick that’s bound to satisfy the diabolically-inclined.
When we first join the family in Addams Family Values, Morticia Addams (Anjelica Huston) announces that she is going to have a baby… right now. The subsequent arrival of baby Pubert (Kristen Hooper) signals changes for the family, and young Wednesday Addams (Christina Ricci) seeks to curb this by making numerous humorous attempts on the wee tot’s life. Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia decide that they want more time for themselves, so they hire a nanny (Joan Cusack). Little do they know that this nanny is none other than the infamous Black Widow, a woman who marries and then kills rich men, and who now has her eye on Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd). At the nefarious nanny’s urging, Gomez and Morticia send Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) and Wednesday into the most torturous, horrendous hellmouth imaginable… summer camp. There, a pair of perky camp directors (Peter MacNichol and Christine Baranski) and a gaggle of cheery, well-adjusted, Aryan children subject them to communal activities, Disney movie marathons, and a Thanksgiving pageant, in hopes of making them “normal,” with devilishly hilarious results. Pugsley and Wednesday must escape the sunshine-and-lollipop-tipped clutches of summer camp, to warn their family of the impending doom brought by the Black Widow.
Black humor, deliciously evil one-liners, and the comical portrayal of the herd make this movie a Satanic must-see. The eccentric, colourful Addams clan encounters the drab, petty, idiotic, “normal” masses, and dispatches them skillfully with sinister pranks and witty repartee. What is inspiring about the Addams family is that they have constructed their own lifestyle and their own Total Environment according to their preferences, and are always able to triumph over (and usually just plain disregard) those who would stand in the way of their indulgence and joy. Clearly, this is a sentiment that any Satanist can cheer.