If you’ve seen any of Rob Zombie’s films and music videos, you have a good idea of what Zombie enjoys: violence, cars, the 70s, wrestling, monsters, and tits....Not necessarily in that order, mind you. So, it should come as no surprise that when Zombie decided to make a feature length cartoon titled The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, it would have all of those things. But, you know, in cartoon form.
Based on the comic book of the same name (which I own…SHAME!), El Superbeasto (Tom Papa) is a luchador (Mexican wrestler)/celebrity who only wants a nice plate of buffalo wings and the sweet, sweet ass of Velvet Von Black (Rosario Dawson). Unfortunately, Von Black is the key to Dr. Satan’s (Paul Giamatti) plan to obtain world domination through the “sudsy powers” of HELL! So, ‘Beasto recruits the help of his sister/international super spy Suzi X (she’s hot, she’s blonde, AND she has a squeaky voice. You guessed it: Sheri Moon Zombie). What follows can only be described as "madcap", “For Mature Audiences Only,” and … "gooey".
Part of what makes this film a lot of fun is that it’s done in the style of the old Looney Tunes. There’s an extended title sequence featuring single frames of art behind the titles and cast. There are multiple cameos of horror film icons like Jack Torrance, Michael Myers, The Devils Rejects crew, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon among others in the same fashion of celebrity cameos in old Bugs Bunny and Tiny Toons cartoons.
And what was missing from those old Warner Bros. cartoons? Gratuitous female nudity! The film is strange because it’s not presented like an adult Japanese animated film, or even a Ralph Bakshi film. It’s not presented as a pornographic film. It’s a silly Scooby Doo-esque cartoon with full frontal nudity and butt hair...Lots of butt hair.
Providing music and a running commentary throughout the entire film is Chris Hardwick’s comedy band, Hard ‘n Phirm. The songs elevate the film in that they make fun of it, including an extended indictment of a parody of the prom scene in Carrie (1976) .
Zombie’s animated epic runs only about 80 minutes but, oddly, it’s a long 80 minutes. There are long stretches where jokes do not hit, and sight gags are few and far between. However, if you liked Ren & Stimpy, you’re probably going to enjoy the trip into the “Haunted World.”
Oh, and if nothing else, there’s also a million Nazi zombies.