In the Netflix show “Wednesday,” we see a number of very strange students of Nevermore Academy who seem to not have any faces. That sucks. You might think this was achieved with some quick computer graphics, but it turns out it was all thanks to the magic of makeup and prosthetics.
The stuff was applied to the students’ faces and blended until it looked a little too natural. There is enough magic in the show to make it possible for these students to get by, but you can’t help but wonder how they eat. Or see. Do they use sign language?
John Astin Got to Pick His Character's Name
John Astin loved playing Gomez, and it might, in part, have been because he got to pick the name himself. The two options the producers gave him were Repelli or Gomez, and he chose the latter. Why, you might ask? Well, Morticia and Gomez had a very loving, affectionate, and even romantic relationship, which was a different take at the time.
Astin simply thought that Gomez sounded more romantic than Repelli. He thought it sounded better when said in the same breath as Morticia. It's hard for us not to agree, mostly because now the names Morticia and Gomez are inexorably knotted together.
Playing Another Member of the Family
John Astin seemed to really enjoy playing his character Gomez Addams. That's what we take from all the stories here and elsewhere, but that's not all. He enjoyed playing it so much that he made an appearance thirty years after the first television show, but it wasn't Gomez. Instead, it was Gomez's father, Grandpapa Addams.
This appearance came as part of “The New Addams Family,” which ran for sixty-five episodes starting in 1998. In addition, Astin provided the voice for a number of animated versions of his famous character. Well, when you like your job, you never work a day in your life, that's what they say.
References to Burton Films
Tim Burton directed a few episodes of the new “Wednesday” show, which means, of course, plenty of Easter eggs for eagle-eyed viewers. During the “date” that Wednesday and Tyler go on, the two have popcorn bags that are black-and-white striped, just like the suit the main character of the film “Beetlejuice,” also directed by Burton, wears.
There's also the catsuit Wednesday wears during the canoe races, which looks like the suit Catwoman wears in “Batman Returns.” Tim Burton also directed “Pee-Wee's Big Adventure,” which has a truck driver named Marge dealing with a hitchhiker. There are also plenty of smaller background details, such as the weather vanes in the cafe.
A Homage to a Classic
Anybody who has a working knowledge of the history of horror fiction would have picked up on the nod to Stephen King's very first novel “Carrie” during the bloody prom scene in “Wednesday.”
In case you aren't aware, the climactic scene of that novel and the associated movies is the title character being chosen as prom queen for a joke in order to dump a bucket of pig's blood on her and humiliate her. She is certainly humiliated, but then she turns destructive. It's a nice homage, but it's almost a little TOO obvious to anyone who likes horror movies.