Friday, September 25, 2009

The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2009, Rob Zombie)

Shortly after Rob Zombie's new Halloween sequel hit theaters, another new film of his was also released on DVD (there were a few screenings as well, I believe). This film has been in the works for quite some time and I have been pretty eager to see it. Though vastly different than Halloween 2, it's still a Rob Zombie movie so as different as it is, it is guaranteed to have a few key ingredients: extreme violence, a bunch of dirty (and usually bad) one liners and a ton of nudity. Oh, did I mention that it's a cartoon?!?

The Haunted World of El Superbeasto follows a Mexican luchador (wrestler) who is also a disco dancing, sex hungry, foul mouthed crime fighter. Superbeasto (Tom Papa), along with his sister Suzi X (Sherri Moon Zombie) and her robot Murray (Brian Posehn) must save a stripper named Velvet Von Black (Rosario Dawson), who also happens to have the mark of the devil (on her ass). She is being targeted by the evil Dr. Satan (Paul Giamatti) to become his bride, which will turn him into an all powerful monster.

This is a fun movie and a dirty movie. It was also pretty funny. The actors (or at least their voices) are all perfect for the characters. The story was fun, my favorite part of which was definitely the Nazi Zombies. I really liked the animation too. It reminded me of a mix between an old Hannah Barbera Saturday morning cartoon, Ren and Stimpy, Heavy Metal and a Ralph Bakshi film. The nudity was a little uncomfortable at times (though there is a song in the film that states you shouldn't be ashamed of enjoying it) but overall the film was well done. It didn't blow me away but it surely has some replay value and fans of Rob Zombie films.

RATING: 3/5


1 comment:

  1. I just finished watching this, and I found it relatively enjoyable, although I thought it rambled a bit too much. I think it would be better suited if it was toned down a bit and turned into a series (say, for Adult Swim) so that we can meet all of these characters organically as opposed to throwing them all into one film that is barely feature-length. I did like all the characters though, both the leads and the "cameos" (for lack of a better word). If nothing else, this goes to show what Rob Zombie truly is: First and foremost, Zombie is a fanboy just like the rest of us. He just happens to have the pull behind him to get these projects off the ground, and whether you like the majority of his output or not, you certainly can't fault him for that.

    --J/Metro

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