THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO
The Haunted World of Superbeasto feels like it has been served up as a combination of all the madcap shit that runs around deep within Rob Zombies subconscious. It is surely a film made by someone who has spent an unhealthy amount of time fixated on horror/exploitation cinema and stripper bars. It could be an episode of The Ren and Stimpy Show (1991-8) designed as a madcap collision of exploitation movie elements Mexican masked wrestling superheroes, mad scientists, scantily-clad kickass action babes, Nazi zombies on motorcycles, strippers with 666 tattooed on their ass, talking ape lab assistants, all played with a healthy dose of raucous and sarcastically vulgar humour. Even Hitlers head turns up in a jar, naturally getting to lasciviously waggle its tongue between the heroines legs as it is abducted.
Rob Zombie is a fanatical horror fan even to the extent that he purportedly has horror figures tattooed all over his body. Actors from classic horror films make frequent cameo appearances in his films. Not too surprisingly, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto is stock filled with cameos from horror characters and actors. El Superbeasto runs Michael Myers down in his convertible; the background of the club features appearances from Leatherface, The Fly (1958), the Alien (1979) chestburster, Captain Spaulding and Otis Driftwood from House of 1000 Corpses and The Devils Rejects, El Superbeasto comes onto the Bride of Frankenstein (1935), while Edward Scissorhands, Nosferatu and Jason Voorhees stand in the line-up outside. There are jokes about The Shining (1980) and George Lazenbys James Bond; while the Metalunan Mutant from This Island Earth (1955) presides over the wedding ceremony. Velvet Von Blacks abduction across the rooftops by the ape is modelled after Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932), while she gets to quote Charlton Hestons immortal line from Planet of the Apes (1968) Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape. There is a long homage to Carrie (1976) with the wedding turning into a restaging of the prom climax and even featuring a song about it. There are also numerous voice cameos from actors with genre associations, including Ken Foree of Dawn of the Dead (1979) as El Superbeastos cat; Tura Santana, Dee Wallace and Cassandra Peterson (aka Elvira) as strippers; Clint Howard as the bartender; and Daniel Roebuck as a talkshow host.
The main problem with The Haunted World of El Superbeasto is that there is not much to the film outside of the horror homages. As Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer of Epic Movie (2007), Disaster Movie (2008), Meet the Spartans (2008) and Vampires Suck (2010) notoriety more than clearly demonstrate, acknowledging that you have watched a host of other films does not in itself constitute a film. Moreover, everything is raucously vulgar and usually comes with a crude and directly to-the-point punchline I would put Rob Zombies approach as only a couple of steps up the rung from the Wayans Brothers in Scary Movie (2000) in overall sophistication. You arrive at the end of the film feeling that you should have been bent over in laughter or as though your mind has been bent as you do after watching Ren and Stimpy but the feeling is more an overall meh.
While the humour is largely hit or miss, one of the funniest aspects of the film are the song lyrics from Hardn Phirm. Like the intro song for Velvet Von Black: Shes the girl you see in girly magazines/When you have your wiener in your hand/Shes more addictive than crack. Or lines like Its alright to jerk off to cartoons/The Japanese do it every day/Cos masturbation is good for your prostate/It lowers blood pressure and before you sleep. There is even the theme song to the Carrie homage: Whyd you have to ripoff Carrie?/Since the movie started this part is the most retarded/Did you ask De Palma or Stephen King if you could ripoff Carrie? Here at least The Haunted World of El Superbeasto hits in with some of the cleverness you feel that it should have had.
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