It’s amazing to think that even now, well into my 20s, I’ve managed to retain my child-like sense of wonder. Well, I say child-like sense of wonder, but what I actually mean is child-like sense of giggling like an idiot at rude things. Fart noises, people treading in dog poo and any and all references to boobies are likely to send me into hysterics. I always assumed that as I got older I would become steeled to such things, but I’ve just ended up finding out about more rude things. The list of naughty things that make me laugh is now so long that you could publish it as several titter-some hardback volumes.
Hopefully, some of you are like me. If you are, then I can heartily recommend to you The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto. This film is gloriously childish. Think Ren And Stimpy but aimed specifically at horror movie nerds, then add as much gratuitous cartoon nudity as you can imagine. Then add even more nudity. And probably still a bit more nudity after that.
The film goes like this: El Superbeasto, celebrating after a busy day auditioning ‘actresses’ for his latest film, falls in love with a stripper called Velvet von Black. Before he’s able to formally introduce himself, she’s kidnapped by Otto, the talking monkey assistant of the evil Dr. Satan. Calling on his sister, femme-fatale Suzi-X, for help, El Superbeasto sets off to rescue von Black, encountering Nazi zombies, horror icons, a confused man with an arse full of rats and a weathered prisoner with the biggest set of balls you’ve ever seen along the way.
El Superbeasto is a vain, arrogant man. A former wrestler, he’s a sex-obsessed egomaniac who causes constant trouble for those around him. He’s a caricature of an athlete and provides some of the film’s biggest laughs with his ignorant, self-serving behaviour. He’s the polar opposite of his sister, the ass-kicking Suzi-X.
A foxy blonde with an eye patch and a cleavage that’s so eye catching you may find yourself missing several minutes of the film, Suzi is a real action hero. We’re introduced to her as she battles a horde of Nazi zombies over a jar containing the still living head of Hitler, and she only gets cooler from there.
The film is filled with entertaining characters. One of my personal favourites is Velvet von Black, the stripper who captures El Superbeasto’s heart. Far from a forlorn princess in distress, she’s a vile, aggressive and gassy bitch of a character. Rather than trying to escape Dr. Satan, who has her kidnapped after finding out that she bears the mark of the devil on her arse, she realises that their unholy union would entitle her to half of his belongings and contents herself with getting drunk and cashing in. Another entertaining character is Murray, Suzi-X’s smitten, horny robot assistant.
The film’s villain is Dr. Satan. He’s a puny, frustrated nerd (the perfect foil to Superbeasto’s uber-athlete) who is on a quest to become a giant demon monster. Dr. Satan is assisted by Otto, his put-upon monkey assistant who speaks in an English accent. Otto isn’t necessarily a bad character, but is haunted by his time as a wild animal in the jungle and must obey Dr. Satan if he’s to avoid going back there.
For a straight to DVD film, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto boasts an impressive voice cast. Paul Giamatti is great fun as Dr. Satan, as is Rosario Dawson as the trashier than trash Velvet von Black. You also get Ken Foree, Dee Wallace, Tom Hollander (who voices Spongebob Squarepants), Clint Howard, Sheri Moon Zombie and Brian Posehn. The whole cast really does a terrific job in this film. Brian Posehn, in particular, does a cracking job as the sexually frustrated and hyper-horny robot assistant to Suzi X.
The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto is great fun, but it’s not going to be for everyone. It’s a film that refuses to acknowledge the existence of good taste, propriety or underpants of any kind. A must see for silly, immature boys like me.
The extras on the DVD are alright. You have a few minutes of deleted scenes, which are fully animated and amusing in places. There’s also a good 30 minutes of alternate and deleted scenes that aren’t finished, which were a bit of a struggle for me. Nothing wrong with the content, but watching a half finished cartoon for 30 minutes is likely to be a test for anyone who isn’t specifically interested in the craft of animation.
The same applies to the feature length animatic, which I found quite interesting to start with, but a little dull after a while. For an animation enthusiast, it’s likely to be a great inclusion, but I found watching the entire film this way a bit of a chore.
Strangely missing from the bonus content is the man presenting the whole shebang, Rob Zombie. As co-writer, director and ‘presenter’ of the film, you might have suspected that he’d make an appearance in the bonus features. I’m a fan of his commentary tracks and would have enjoyed one on this film.
The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto will be released on February 22 and can be pre-ordered from the Den Of Geek Store.