In my humble opinion, Rob Zombie has only made one movie which properly showcases his talent as both a director and as a fucked up individual, House of 1,000 Corpses. Everything after that is just Hollywood fodder. House of 1,000 Corpses was a genuine homage to the splatterfests of the 60’s and 70’s. Thus, I consider El Superbeasto Mr. Zombies second good film and, again, pays homage to his many influences.
The first obvious influence is the old EC comics, as shown in the DVD cover (left) which is a blatant ‘homage’ (read: rip-off) of the EC comic covers. His other influences are the many exploitation/horror films mentioned, shown, or hinted at in the movie. But first, some background (from IMDb, of course):
The story follows the adventures of El Superbeasto, a washed-up Mexican luchador, and his sultry sidekick and sister Suzi-X as they confront an evil villain by the name of Dr. Satan. The adventure, set in the mythic world of Monsterland, also has a character named Murray the robot.
The movie starts in black and white with an old fashioned gent, complete with posh English accent, telling us that if you are easily offended you should leave now. At that point I settled down to enjoy the 1940’s style intro complete with dramatic orchestral sounds and text overlaid on black and white images. Very nice touch.
The start of the movie shows us in (not too much graphic) detail that El Superbeasto is in fact now a porn director. Oh how the mighty have fallen.
While El Superbeasto is in the nuddie bar, his sister, Suzi-X (Sheri Moon Zombie, using her cute girly voice) is fighting Nazis.
Meanwhile, El Superbeasto is smitten by a giant-jugged stripper named Velvet Von Black, who has a sexy voice all be it littered with expletives. Dr. Satan then makes an appearance to explain himself and his mad-cap plan to take over the world by capturing Von Black. Using a giant gorilla with a screw in it’s head.
TIP: check the queue of people waiting after ‘Beasto decides to save Von Black, it’s almost a who’s who of classic movies
‘Beasto decides to call in the help of his sister Suzi-X and together (OK, mainly her) they set of too rescue Von Black, just so that ‘Beasto can have his wicked way with her and so the scene is set for the main adventure which involves Nazi zombies, Hitler’s head (in a jar), cat fights, and much MUCH more!
The animation is very colourful, all be it X-rated in places (no penises thankfully!), well done, and reminded me of good old Ren & Stimpy cartoons from my childhood (not the newer stuff, it sucks mountains of ass). The story is a bit broken in places, but with such a bizarre story I expect that. Music is handled by ‘Hard & Phirm’ who I’ve never heard of before, but they provide some excellent rockabilly, Munsters-type, music which fits in beautifully. Oh, and listen to the lyrics, they complement the scene perfectly, like when Suzi-X and Von Black are having a cat fight: ‘It’s OK to jerk-off to cartoons / The Japanese do it every day / So rub one out for the USA...’
If you like cheap-ass movies, classic black and white horror and fast, jive-talking, big hootered chicks then El Superbeasto is definitely for you. Just don’t show it to the kids!
In fact, no, DO show it to the kids, let them know what a decent cartoon is… there’s a definite lack of them now-a-days.