An interesting animated film from one of our most interesting directors.
I just thought this animated film would have better extras.The Haunted World of El Superbeasto is an animated action tale that only director/co-writer Rob Zombie could conceive. This film follows its hero, Beasto, as he defends the world against Nazis, a stripper called Velvet Von Black and the evil Dr. Satan. As you can guess, mucho carnage ensues as this tale of a heroic luche wrestler unfolds. With such voice talent as Paul Giamatti, Sheri Moon Zombie and Rosario Dawson lending their time, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto ges to push itself in many different directions all while remaining true to its director's original vision.
Deleted Scenes and Shots
I had a good time buzzing through these mainly because this film cooks at 77 minutes. These deleted scenes don't really add too much to what we are seeing here, but they manage to get the point across in a way that makes you not upset that they aren't in the movie. All in all, I thought that these scenes looked pretty good and maybe a cool bonus feature would have been a way to edit these extra scenes into the film?
Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1 - This movie looked really good on DVD. It seems like this film may have come out in theaters, but DVD is most likely the realm that this film will have the most life in. The animation isn't anything more than simple, but I don't think that it needs to be. The film runs the gamut of colors and scenes and Anchor Bay has done a solid job keeping everything together.
Dolby Digital 5.1. English Subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired. The audio on this film is both good and annoying. The actual soundtrack is solid but the band Hard n' Phirm (that name alone should tell you something) provides 7 songs. In a 77 minute movie that is a lot of audio time and ultimately a little much for my tastes. However, these are only my tastes and fans of this group might be very excited about this.
The front cover of this dvd release looks like a comic book. We see our main character doing battle with the other characters in the film laid out along the left hand side. The back shows us one image of the film (a band of Nazis), it gives a description, a special features listing, a cast list and technical specs.
Rob Zombie is both hit and miss with me. I like him as a director more than I like him as a musician. I feel that his movies, when they emanate from him, are wild, original and ultimately cinematic gems that will stand the test of time. I am speaking of such films as The Devil's Rejects and House of 1000 Corpses. When looking at his work with the Halloween films, I think he probably has too much interference from larger forces. It feels like The Haunted World of El Superbeasto is a true creation from the innards of this artist and for that reason alone I feel that it stands apart.