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The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto (2009/Anchor Bay DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Feature: C



Rob Zombie is not a man known for his good taste.  Case in point: The Haunted World of El Superbeasto.  This animated spin-off of Zombie’s comic book combines the animation style of 90’s Hanna Barbara cartoons like Cow and Chicken and I Am Weasel with copious amounts of over-the-top sex, nudity, and violence.  That said, there’s almost a perverse charm to the bad humor and ultra-self-referentiality.


El Superbeasto boasts an impressive array of celebrity voice talent including Sheri Moon Zombie, Rosario Dawson, Paul Giamatti, Brian Posehn (you’d recognize him if you saw him), Ken Foree, Bill Moseley, Danny Trejo, Harland Williams, Sid Haig, and scream queen Dee Wallace.  Beasto himself is a self-important, crime fighting, B-list celebrity luchador who, in pursuit of stripper Velvet Von Black, butts heads with Dr. Satan in his attempt to attain “all the sudsy powers of Hell.”


The film is chock full of horror and other pop culture references, which are outnumbered only by instances of nudity and increasingly creative violence and profanity.  El Superbeasto is probably inappropriate for audiences of any age, but certainly not for anyone under 18.


The picture, in 1.78:1 widescreen format, is good but not stunning.  The same applies to the audio, in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.  Anchor Bay put this on Blu-ray, but one could only imagine that with little improvement from this.  The only special features on the disc are deleted and alternate scenes.


The Haunted World of El Superbeasto is recommended for horror fans and enthusiasts of the strange and perverse, but anyone who’s at all easily offended would be well advised to stay away.



-   Matthew Carrick


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