The Haunted World of El Superbeasto

Synopsis: El Superbeasto aka “Beasto” is an unstoppable superhero masked wrestler, Producer/Director/Star of BeastoWorld Enterpirses-and world-famous man of action! In his first full-length animated adventure based on the comic book created by Rob Zombie, Beasto and his super-sexy sister Suzi X must stop the unholy marriage of foul-mouthed stripper Velvet Von Black and diabolical Dr. Satan, or unleash all the sudsy powers of Hell! Welcome to a depraved domain of outrageous comedy, non-stop ultra-violence and bad-ass theme songs! Featuring a horde of Nazi zombie bikers, seven original songs by Hard ‘n Phirm and the voice talents of Tom Papa, Sheri Moon Zombie, Rosario Dawson, Brian Posehn and Paul Giamatti as Dr. Satan in The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto!

The Haunted World of El Superbeasto 7.5

What do you get when you cross the weirdness of Fritz the Cat with Ren & Stimpy-type animation and toss in some Ed Wood sensibilities? You get Rob Zombie’s ‘The Haunted World of El Superbeasto’, that’s what!

The story is based on the filmmaker’s own comic book, and it follows the exploits of wrestler/superhero El Superbeasto as he tried to save a stripper-in-distress from the clutches of his maniacal nemesis Dr. Satan. In ‘The Haunted World…’, all the characters are vain, self-obsessed and prone to poor-impulse control – which inevitably takes the viewer to the most lurid areas of the human psyche. Throw in some zombie Nazis, and demented robots and I think you get a sense of where it’s all headed.

It’s not for everyone, that’s for sure: the humour is of teenage-boy calibre, the violence is over-the-top, the sexual references are crude and there is questionable regard for women – all to be expected of the genre. But, if one enjoys animation and this type of b-movie, one is well-served: the story flows relatively well, the characters are amusing, the voice-acting is good, and there is a checklist’s worth of nods to horror film classics and other cult icons – enough for multiple viewings, in fact.

Oh, it’s not a truly original tale, undeniably, but what’s separates it from the rest are the little touches, all firmly-rooted in ‘70s exploitation cinema. I suppose that it would be ideal for fans of Zombie’s ‘House of 1000 Corpses’ – except that that was his first film, and he has since honed his story-telling craft. Thus ‘El Superbeasto’ is much more enjoyable fare.

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