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30 years since The Addams Family hit the big screen, it is still the perfect blend of horror and comedy

By Daryl Sparkes, Senior Lecturer (Media Studies and Production), University of Southern Queensland
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The dark side of films has always had a strong relationship with the light side. Mixing comedy with horror often ensured a hit even in the early days of cinema –comedian Harold Lloyd was making such films as early as the 1920s.

This combination of light hearted horror worked on the small screen as well.

In the 1950s and 1960s, family sitcoms The Andy Griffith Show, My Three Sons, The Beverley Hillbillies and Leave it to Beaver were all hugely popular. But the 60s were also a time of the counter-culture…The Conversation


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