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THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO (2009) ** ½

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the first white trash anime movie.  It’s got loads of cartoon boobies, cursing, and ultraviolent gore.  Since it was based on a comic book by Rob Zombie you know it’s going to be uneven as all get out.

 

El Superbeasto is this Masked Mexican wrestler who spends most of his time making pornos, getting drunk, and acting like an asshole.  Occasionally, he will fight a werewolf or two but mostly he just goes around being a D-Bag.  His crime-fighting partner (and sister) Suzy X mostly does all the heroic shit like fighting Nazi zombies and blowing up Hitler’s living decapitated head.  When El Superbeasto tries to save a hot stripper from the clutches of his arch-nemesis Dr. Satan, Suzy grudgingly agrees to help save the world.

 

This flick jumps around like a kid with ADD hopped up on Count Chocula cereal.  Zombie keeps cutting back and forth from El Superbeasto and his hot sidekick (who herself has a robot sidekick), which hampers a lot of the film’s momentum.  Once they finally team up though, the movie finds its footing and starts becoming funnier.  The big problem I had with the flick is that Suzy X is a heck of a lot more entertaining than El Superbeasto.  How come Zombie always makes his “heroes” foul-mouthed unlikable assholes?  Beats me.

 

The humor is crude and sophomoric, bordering on freshmanic.  There is some genuinely funny stuff here though.  I dug Zombie’s references to his own films (Captain Spaulding, Michael Myers and the Werewolf Women of the SS make cameos) as well as the Schoolhouse Rock inspired musical number detailing Dr. Satan’s evil plan.  The best part though is the opening which is basically a word-for-word rip-off of the prologue to the original Frankenstein.  These moments are fleeting but I have to admit they made me laugh.  The bulk of the movie is far too sloppy and/or annoying to give it a full-on recommendation.  However, I can’t bring myself to hate any movie that references Carrie and Benny Hill within the same minute.

Tags: comedy, comic book movie, h, horror
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