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With: (voices) Sheri Moon Zombie, Rosario Dawson, Danny Trejo, Paul Giamatti, Tom Papa, Dee Wallace, Clint Howard, Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, Tom Kenny, Geoffrey Lewis, Harland Williams, John Di Maggio, Rob Paulsen, Brian Posehn, Cassandra Peterson, Daniel Roebuck, Ken Foree, Laraine Newman, Debra Wilson, Charles Adler, Jess Harnell, April Winchell, Tura Satana, Joe Alaskey
Written by: Tom Papa, Rob Zombie
Directed by: Rob Zombie
MPAA Rating: R for strong crude and sexual content throughout, nude graphics, language, violence and gore
Running Time: 77
Date: 09/12/2009

The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2009)

1 Star (out of 4)

Wrestle Megalomania

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Rob Zombie continues his downfall as a filmmaker with this dud of an animated feature. It has all the failings of today's least inspired cartoons. It wants to seem clever with a lot of pop-culture and post-modern references. (Zombie has assembled an awesome cast of legendary character actors, but doesn't know what to do with them.) But on the other hand, it doesn't want to alienate the young boys in the audience, and so it's packed with dumb sex jokes. There isn't one in-between joke, and certainly not anything that's actually funny; the overall tone is desperate, as if it's constantly pleading for your love. El Superbeasto (voiced by Tom Papa) is an ex-wrestler and porn star; he wants to sleep with an unattainable erotic dancer, Velvet Von Black (voiced by Rosario Dawson), and so when she is kidnapped, he enlists the aid of his sexy, badass sister, Suzi X (voiced by Sheri Moon Zombie), to find her. It turns out that the evil Dr. Satan (voiced by Paul Giamatti) hopes to marry and have sex with Velvet, and doing so will turn him into a superbeing (she has a special marking on her, indicating that she is the chosen one). There's also an army of zombies working for the bad guy. El Superbeasto is a real clod, and every single one of his jokes revolves around the fact that he's an egomaniac and a sex fiend. Even at 77 minutes, this gets tired fast. Anchor Bay's DVD comes with deleted and alternate scenes. Check out the similar, but much better Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog instead.{subid}&url=hitlist.asp?searchfield=marvel
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