Friday, October 7, 2016

Rob Zombie’s Groovy Ghoulies Tribute, or Thoughts on The Haunted World of El Superbeasto

 Imagine an alternate universe where Hammer Films owned Hanna-Barbera and produced crazy alternative cartoons for adults in the 70’s and you’ll get the general idea of Rob Zombie’s The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2009).  Written and directed by Rob Zombie and based on his comic book of the same name, the animated film has an analog, hand drawn look to go along with the retro-nostalgic horror and goofy musical interludes.
Comedian Tom Papa voices El Superbeasto, the luchadore superstar, and all around man of action, along with Sheri Moon Zombie as his sidekick Suzi-X, the busty one-eyed super spy.  Together they search for Rosario Dawson’s Velvet von Black, who was kidnapped by a giant talking ape (Spongebob’s Tom Kenny) who is in turn working for Paul Giamatti’s Dr. Satan.
That’s about as much of a plot teaser that you need, it’s the kind of movie where you’re either sold on the concept because of the title and it’s by Rob Zombie, or not.  R-rated, profanity laden, nude-friendly, with talking cats, horny robots (Brian Posehn), and Satanic werewolf porn stars, the references come fast and loose and from every direction. There are nods to classic horror movies, Schoolhouse Rock, The Groovy Ghoulies, Scooby Doo, (I’m talking the old school Scooby Doo back when Kasey Casem was the voice of Shaggy) and especially Nazi werewolves; alluding to Rob Zombie’s glorious Werewolf Women of the SS(2007) trailer (also starring Sheri Moon Zombie, I mean, who did you expect).
The Nazi biker fetish was popular in the ‘70’s (think of the baddies from Every Which Way But Loose (1978)) but much like the Confederate flag and smoking on camera has not aged well and can now be considered boundary pushing.  But there are voice cameos galore by Ken Foree, Dee Wallace, Danny Trejo, Saturday Night Live original cast member Laraine Newman, Cassandra Peterson who you may know better by her screen name, ELVIRA, Russ Meyer icon Tura Satana from Faster Pussycat!  Kill!  Kill! (1965) and Clint Howard, Ron's brother and Balok from Star Trek's The Corbormite Maneuver as the voice of Cthulu.



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