Monday, November 2, 2009
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Review
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto is a very adult animated film with horror references at every turn, and raunchy ideas at every piece of dialogue. Seriously, I haven't seen something this adult since I found El Mil Chistes as a child. If you're not familiar with this film or why I would review it on this site, then you need to remember the name Rob Zombie.
You see, Rob Zombie wrote a series of comic books called "Spookshow International" those were limited and if you have them, are worth a nice chunk of change. Yes, there's now a trade paperback of them, but before that you had to be a serious Rob Zombie comic book fan. He also did some work on Big Foot, fyi. Rob Zombie did Halloween, then he worked on this project with the voices of some great talent including his wife, Paul Giamatti, and Brian Posehn just to name a few.
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto tells the story of a womanizing professional wrestler and porno actor that really likes to shake things up in a way that you've probably never seen before. This film isn't overall scary, but it has references. You see all horror icons used as set pieces, characters and strange references, including seeing them killed, nude, or involved in sexual relationships. I do not simply mean calm nudity, I mean extreme nudity. Within the first ten minutes you see gratuitous nudity, people topless, and within the first twenty minutes you see a full pornographic scene filmed, featuring El Superbeasto and some devil women! I kid you not, I wish I was joking, this thing is hardcore.
As far as story is concerned, it's jumped together into a supernatural thriller mixed with a revenge plot. The hero wants to have sex with this hot vixen (El Superbeasto isour anti-hero), and finds that she's been kidnapped by a gorilla & dr. satan. So he decides to chase after her instead of eating hot wings. The adventure is linear but not without fast cuts, and quick edits and references not too unlike Family Guy's joke sheet.
While The Haunted World of El Superbeasto is not a scary film, it's chock full of things that horror movie fans will love. Not only has Rob Zombie paid homage to a lot of the villains of old, he has also created a unique adult piece of animation that is not just "adult" in nature it is nearly pornographic and at times is pornographic by nature. Rob Zombie has really pushed the limits of not only creativity here, but also what you can get away with, without getting an x rating. While I loved the animation, the crude jokes, and so much more in this film, I did find it too short and somewhat boring in the long runs. Yes, it's completely over the top, but it's suppose to be. You should definitely check it out, it's definitely a good mix of horror, comedy, and definitely sex. However, I can not stress this enough, it is NOT a kids movie and should not be seen by anyone under the age of eighteen, this thing is tough.
If you're not too keen on this one, you can hear/see an interview with director Rob Zombie below, cause that's how I roll...no no...I kid:
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