THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO
Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
Sheri Moon Zombie
and Paul Giamatti
What's it about
Rob Zombie directs an animated movie based on his comic book which Iíve never heard of. If youíre out of the loop like me, Beasto is an international man of action who sports a Mexican wrestlerís mask and battles crime while he has his way with the ladies.
Is it good movie?
Iíve always thought Rob Zombie seemed like a pretty cool dude. Loved White Zombie. Thought most of his solo stuff was pretty decent. Always dug interviews with his because he appeared to be one the smarted guyís in rock. And believe it or not, I always thought his videos were pretty damn inventive, that I wouldnít mind seeing him tackle something longer than 3:46 seconds. Ah, how times have changed. With his music career done and four feature films under his belt, I still donít think Zombie has released anything career defining. House of a 1000 Corpses showed promise, but the rest has stunk (with style of course. And donít get me started on Halloween.) So with this overly long introduction, Zombie tackles a new medium, animation, with The Haunted World of El Superbeasto. Does he fulfill the promise shown long ago? Or does veer further off course.
Well, Iíd say Zombie has done the former. The Haunted World of El Superbeasto is an interesting, bizarre cartoon that seems to incorporate all the things Zombie loves: robots, Frankenstein, strippers, Satan, Nazis, Hitler, wrestling, Peter Lorre. However, Iím not really sure what to make of The Haunted World of El Superbeasto. Parts are pretty funny and campy, but sometimes Zombie overindulges in all the things he loves, and it all plays like a lighthearted childrenís toon. It looks and feels like an X-rated Ren and Stimpy episode with nudity, foul language, and an abundance of violence. Thereís even a little Sponge Bob flair in here.
Zombie introduces a number of characters in El Superbeasto, but only the masked man himself matters. Voiced by Tom Papa, heís your classical goofball, absent minded hero with a sexual appetite. Heís likeable and pretty funny at times, but original, eh, not really. He seems like a combination of several characters that I canít quite but my finger on, but then again, maybe heís not really the point. Maybe The Haunted World of El Superbeasto is just a chance for Zombie to combine all his wacky desires.
Or maybe itís to keep his wife employed. Is it just me or does Sheri Moon Zombie have one of the most annoying voices of all time. Sheís hot, very, very, very hot. And sexy, very, very, very sexy. But if she wasnít married to Zombie, who would hire her? Beyond Corpses, her work is just a repetitive. The vocal standout comes from the always dependable Paul Giamatti, who plays Dr. Satan. Seriously, since his breakout role in American Splendor, has he sucked in anything? I donít think so. And heís by far the best element about The Haunted World of El Superbeasto. (Beyond, of course, the very generous obsession with breasts that Zombie exposes every 2.52 seconds.)
Video / Audio
Video: A crisp, clear, and very colorful 16x9 Widescreen presentation.
Audio: Presented with the power of 5.1 Dolby Surround.
Deleted Scenes: About four and a half minutes of deleted scenes. All pass quickly and seem more like little trims more than they do scenes. Some of them are pretty funny and with so many of them it sort of reminds of Robot Chicken. Without the pop references of course.
Alternate Scenes: A nifty 35-minutes worth of unfinished animation and sketches for nearly completed sequences with dialogue. Pretty cool look at the different stages of animation, and I especially liked the little titles before each sequence for reference points. Interesting stuff.
Fans of Zombie will love it. Haters will hate it. But for the rest of us, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto is an interesting animated flick that would have been better served had the camp been toned down and the horror been increased. But what the hell do I know.