The Haunted World of El Superbeasto - Review
If an evil was trying to take over the world, wouldn't you expect a hero to step up and stop it? In September 2009, we got a different kind of "hero" to save the day, but luckily his sister is also a badass... and a little more reliable.
Directing this 77 minute animation/action/adventure/horror/comedy/fantasy is Rob Zombie.
Doing the voice work is: Tom Papa as El Superbeasto, Ken Foree as Luke St.Luke, Sheri Moon Zombie as Suzi X, Paul Giamatti as Dr. Satan, Rosario Dawson as Velvet Von Black, Brian Posehn as Murray the Robot, Tom Kenny as Otto/Rover/Old Man/Herbie. With other cool voices like: Danny Trejo as Boss Rico, Bill Moseley as Otis Driftwood, Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding, Dee Wallace as Trixie, Cassandra Peterson as Amber and Clint Howard as Joe Cthulu.
Dr. Satan is looking for a special woman to marry. Someone he can settle down with... and take over the world. How will the evil Doctor know that he's found the right woman for him? Well, the special lady that will make the doc's dreams come true will have the devils mark. Luckily for the inhabits of Monsterland, as evil raises it's ugly head and threatens world domination, they can rely on the skilled... well, the selflessness... well they have the masked ex-wrestler, El Superbeasto and his badass sister/super agent Suzi-X! Dr. Satan better have a hell of a good plan because El Superbeasto and Suzi-X are heading his way and are looking to stomp out some evil.
Yeah, it may have taken 3 years to make this straight to video flick, but what Rob Zombie created when it was all said and done was an awesome animated movie! Now, Zombie best described this 10 million dollar budgeted flick as an "adult/monster/sex comedy, like if SpongeBob and Scooby-Doo were filthy". Yeah, he was spot on with that description. For those that don't know, this flick is based off of Zombie's El Superbeasto comic.
The crazy cool stuff that writers Tom Papa and Rob Zombie came up with for a storyline was funny, twisted and seriously entertaining. The humor is non-stop, but you can't help but notice how well the script is put together. It's full of wit and cleverly written.
The playthrough kept me very entertained from start to finish. The opening alone not only sets the pace of the film but also tells you what kind of ride you're in for while watching this one. One of the things that helps move the film along is the music. Apparently a majority of the songs are done by comedy duo Hard n' Phirm (Chris Hardwick & Mike Phirman), while Tyler Bates also adds some magic to the soundtrack. Hard n' Phirm's bits were extremely comical, but flowed and fit so well with the movie.
I thought the animation style was awesome, and Chris Battle came up with some killer looking characters. There's a huge range of characters, from zombie Nazis, a transforming talking robot (with feelings), to well known creatures of the night. Everything just jumps out at you and grabs your attention as the movie goes on. It's also filled with little surprises that pop up through the film. Be it character cameos or other movie references.
The cast was awesome and it's filled with so many cool people it's not even funny. I thought Papa, Zombie and Giamatti did an excellent job with their characters. As for everyone one else, they did a good job. This whole flick just has one cool surprise after another. We get to hear Trejo, Haig and Wallace throw their voices on to some characters.
Overall, it's very entertaining and is so freaking worth checking out if you haven't already. For those that have seen it... then I'm sure it's about time to watch it again. Yeah it's that good, so for the price of a rental it's worth getting. Since it came out in 2009 it might be hard to find. So, I'm sure someone knows a pirate or two that's doesn't mind setting sail and go on an adventure. I mean come on, what pirate doesn't like searching for and finding a gem filled treasure, like this one. So just ask to borrow their copy and get your dose of this Zombie creation.
It's rated R for violence, language and nudity.