Hey, guys! This is Dash Jordan, and I just want to give a quick disclaimer for those of you who are not familiar with today’s film, ‘The Haunted World of El Superbeasto’. Yes, this may be an animated film, but it is NOT a “Kids Movie”! The film contains strong language, gratuitous nudity, gore, and sexual content. I’m telling you all this now because I will have to show some clips and stills from the film. If any of you are under the age of 18 or if you’re easily offended by nudity(real or animated), I must ask that you stop reading this article right now. You have been warned. Thank you, and enjoy the review!
What’s going on, guys? This is Dash Jordan and we’re still slashing through the month of October. I hope you guys enjoyed my last article as I talked about Rob Zombie’s music because today we’re going to delve into his filmography once again. But which film? I’ve already reviewed ’31’, and some of his older films like ‘The Devil’s Rejects’ and his ‘Halloween’ movies have already been discussed in detail the world over. Maybe one day, if someone requested it, I’ll talk about those movies. But right now, what could I possibly say that hasn’t already been said about those movies? So today, we’re going to take a look into one of Zombie’s films that I feel isn’t talked about enough. But I must ask…HOW DID YOU GUYS MISS A FILM AS CRAZY AS IS?!?
Once again…I did warn you.
‘The Haunted World of El Superbeasto’ is a 2009 animated horror-comedy directed by Rob Zombie, based on Zombie’s comic book of the same name. The film takes place in the world of Monsterland and follows the titular sleazy luchador as his secret-agent sister as they try to stop the “somewhat” evil Dr. Satan from marrying the vulgar Miss Velvet Von Black, thus gaining all the “sudsy powers of Hell” and taking over the world.
Yeah, I know. Anyways, the film opened to a limited release September of that year and was eventually released on DVD a few days later. While ‘El Superbeasto’ met with mixed reviews, it has since gained a small cult following. So, exactly what is it that intrigues us to ‘The Haunted World of El Superbeasto’?
The first thing that I want to mention is the film’s amination style. For what this film is, I actually enjoyed the animation. It’s nothing completely special, it’s something that may be along the lines of an Adult Swim or Nickelodeon cartoon. It’s not the best animation style but has that level of charm and nostalgia that’s sure to wow any lover of hand-drawn animation; which has sadly become a dying art nowadays. But, to see a cartoon that looks like this and is filled with lots of gore, nudity, sex, and horror references is probably what enhances the experience for some people. Think of this movie as something like ‘Heavy Metal’ or Ralph Bashki’s ‘Fritz The Cat’. Parents, if you see an animated movie with an R or X rating, don’t be an idiot and get mad at the makers of the movie after you show the movie to your kids…IT’S NOT FOR KIDS!
As for the story, it’s absolutely ridiculous. Then again, it’s supposed to be. I’ve read only one of the comics a few years after watching this movie. While I do feel that this movie was faithful to the comics, it also worked pretty well as it’s own thing. This is one of those movies where you’re not supposed to take the story or the characters too seriously. I think that it’s because of the film’s self-awareness that makes it easier to accept this raunchy and unapologetic style of comedy.
Of course, an animation style is only as good as the voice actors. El Superbeasto(voiced by comedian Tom Papa), his secret-agent sister/sidekick Suzi-X(voiced by Sheri Moon Zombie), Suzi-X’s horny robot Murray(voiced by comedian Brian Posehn), the sexy-yet-obnoxious Velvet Von Black(voiced by Rosario Dawson, and the main antagonist Dr. Satan(voiced by Paul Giamatti) were all the glue that kept this film going as they brought these characters to life. Normally, I would have a problem with actors taking voice-actors’ jobs, but you honestly couldn’t get better casting, and they’re even a few notable voice-actors as well; such as Tom Kenny(‘Spongebob Squarepants’ & ‘CatDog’) as Otto, Dr. Satan’s gorilla henchman. There wasn’t one moment where I felt like one voice didn’t fit right or I wished there was more of “this” character, I actually had fun with all of these characters.
Now, if I had to pick my favorite…I enjoy Suzi-X’s playful-yet-psychotic personality(most likely, a parody of Sheri Moon Zombie, herself), Von Black’s obnoxious and vulgar attitude, and the way the incompetant Dr. Satan and sophisticated Otto work off one another, I feel that what really made this movie for me was El Superbeasto, himself. I was never familiar with Tom Papa’s comedy until this movie and I knew that he actually shared writing credits with Rob Zombie. After this movie, I became a fan of Papa’s brand of humor. As I’ve mentioned before about how the film itself is highly unapologetic, Tom Papa’s turn as the titular “man of action” is the poster-boy for lude, crude, and brash comedy. He’s an egotistical, sleazy, foul-mouthed, stylin’ and profilin’ A-hole…and that’s what makes him so hilarious.
Then there’s the film’s music. Yes, this movie is also something of a musical as it features original songs from musical comedy duo Hard ‘n Phirm; which consists of comedians Chris Hardwick & Mike Phirman…now, do you get it? Anyway, I’ve heard people call this movie something like an “R-rated Scooby Doo cartoon” and I think the movie actually adds to that statement. The songs are all raunchy, stupid, and self-aware. What else were you expecting? Normally, I would play you guys one of the songs from the movie…but, what the hell? Here’s two!
Now, I know it may seem like I have nothing but good things to say about this movie but I am prepared to talk about some of the movie’s problems. Well, more so, nitpicks. While I do enjoy and apprieciate what the creators were trying to do, I also feel like they try WAY too hard to be offensive in some areas. I don’t want to go into too much detail with every moment because they truly are gross-out scenes…but, let’s just say that I was not prepared to see a swarm of rats shoot out of a fat man’s anus.
As I’ve mentioned before, this movie is not for the easily offended. But, this is also a movie that’s only meant for Rob Zombie fans. Remember what I said in my ’31’ review? Rob Zombie isn’t trying to entertain THESE people…
Rob Zombie is trying to entertain THESE people…
In other words, don’t be surprised at the abundance of vulgarity, gore, and horror-movie references in ‘El Superbeasto’. At the same time, you could make the argument that it’s perfect for Halloween. Oh, another thing…people, I beg you. This movie is NOT the movie to watch when playing the Rob Zombie Drinking Game…Do NOT play the Rob Zombie Drinking Game with this movie.
Aside from the a few of the overly-offensive moments and the fact that this movie isn’t for everyone, ‘The Haunted World of El Superbeasto’ is still full of fun characters, an insane plot, good animation, and a hilariously-absurd soundtrack. Most of Rob Zombie’s filmography are all disturbing and exploitative horror flicks, but the biggest difference between ‘El Superbeasto’ and Zombie’s other films is that ‘El Superbeasto’ knows how to have fun. Really, that’s all we horror fans want from a cult film; a good time, some monsters, and a little death…for the last time, I DID warn you.
Well, that was something. Hopefully all of these SJWs won’t get too butthurt that I reviewed an R-rated cartoon movie after I warned everyone that the R-rated cartoon is R-rated…2016, what a year. Until next time, Gotta Dash!
Written by Shane Moose
Special thanks to the three big F’s in my life(Friends, Family & Fans) for helping me get this far, pushing me to go even further and for putting up with me when I try going further than that. To hell with my limitations!
Videos & Photos:
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto(owned by Anchor Bay Films, Film Roman & Starz Media)
Chappelle’s Show(owned by MGM Television, Comedy Partners & Pilot Boy Productions)
12 Angry Men(owned by United Artists & Orion-Nova Productions)
Scream 2(owned by Dimension Films, Konrad Pictures & Craven-Maddalena Films)
Brainiac: Science Abuse(owned by Granada Productions & ITV Studios)