Rob Zombie

in defense of Rob Zombie’s “The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto” [2009]

indefenseElSuperI always find it fascinating when an actor or a movie Director steps out of their comfort zone to try something new. A classic example that I think of is Martin Scorsese, who followed up the masterpiece that is Shutter Island with a film adaptation of the children’s book “The Invention Of Hugo Cabret.” [Hugo] Hugo wasn’t a bad movie at all, it’s just that it felt so much more different than what we came to expect from Scorsese. The same could be said for Rob Zombie: who was working on The Devil’s Rejects, which was violent, filled with gore and filled with inappropriate themes such as necrophilia; when he came up and started working with the concept/art for the animated movie we’re talking about today:The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto. When it was first released, it came with very mixed reviews: saying things like “it’s way too inappropriate” or “it’s not funny – it’s sick and perverse!” Some people even said it deserves an X-rating! Even fans of Zombie‘s work weren’t entirely happy, I remember reading some reviews saying it was disappointing..but I have to say otherwise – though, maybe I’m bias. As with most things I talk about, expect spoilers; because I really couldn’t say much if I didn’t spoil it. If you’ve seen the film, or you are perfectly fine with spoilers – we’re starting..right after the jump.


Let’s start from the beginning: the plot of The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto is completely different than what we’re used to from Rob Zombie; because instead of a murderous family, [The Fireflys] we find this film to be a comedic homage to horror, action and exploitation films…it’s also animated! The plot isn’t really anything special, but it revolves around a super-hero luchador, the titular El Superbeasto who, along with his sister Suzi X, must try to save the world from the evil Dr. Satan[but not this Dr. Satan] who plans to try and gain ultimate power by having sex with an swearing, big breasted stripper by the name of Velvet von Black.. Also, Nazi Zombies are in the film, because they can be. seriously. But you know what? I like it – it’s different, and the fact that it’s an animation makes the whole thing feel goofy, and I like that it isn’t trying to take itself too seriously, even the music is only there as a way to tell the audiences what is happening during that particular scene – It’s like it knows it’s a parody, but there’s one true reason I love this movie so much, what is that reason? If you’re curious enough, you should read on!

[note: the whole catfight scene – as seen here – is arguably one of the most entertaining bloodfests I’ve seen in a long time! The music during really sets the scene..]

The single greatest things about the film is that it includes [many] cameo appearances by many iconic horror figures including King Kong, Dracula, The Bride Of Frankenstein, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Michael Myers and The Creature From The Black Lagoon! Even Jack Torrence from The Shining makes an appearance! If that isn’t enough, we also see two very special characters from Zombie‘s previous work, House Of 1000 Corpses; Captain Spaulding and Otis B. Driftwood in the bar scene. [don’t believe me?] Zombie‘s wife, the [extremely] beautiful Sheri Moon Zombie also provides the voice for Suzi X. Also, while not strictly horror film, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto is notable for its genre casting, which includes many [voice] actors who have appeared in Rob Zombie‘s other works such as Ken Foree, Dee Wallace, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley and even Danny Trejo! It really shows Rob‘s dedication to the genre of horror, placing them in his film[s] as an homage – which works really well! It feels like he’s paying them tribute, almost thanking them for being an inspiration!


I guess realistically though, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto isn’t the most fantastic film on the planet. It’s [really] good, and it’s a fun cult film to watch if you need something ‘scary, but not really scary’, but I wouldn’t go as far as to call it my favorite Rob Zombie film, because that title still is held by The Devil’s Rejects. So now I turn to you, dear reader: have you watched El Superbeasto? If you have, what were your thoughts on it? Did you actually enjoy the film, like I did; or did you find it disappointing – like many fans of Rob Zombie? Let me know in a comment or two! Leave it to Rob Zombie to have a smokin’ hot blond hide out as a werewolf Nazi.. I mean, I’m confused how I feel about that!

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Hell won’t have them: this is THE DEVIL’S REJECTS

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[Writer’s Note: this post is dedicated to Matthew McGrory, who played Tiny Firefly in the film, who died shortly after filming THE DEVIL’S REJECTS. RIP]

Have you ever seen a movie that felt so terribly realistic that you almost felt disgusted with yourself for enjoying the movie? I certainly have, a couple of times actually, but one of those times; it was because of this movie: The Devil’s Rejects. It has blood, it has guts, and a whole lot of fear attached to our “Rejects”. What I’m trying to say is, they aren’t exactly the nicest hillbilly redneck murderous family in the woods.

Although technically a sequel to House Of 1000 Corpses, the film can actually be enjoyed on it’s own — it just makes sense to see both, for the sake of the same characters in both films. However, we’re talking about [in my opinion] the better of the two films: the “second” one. The film begins in the late 70s [roughly 1978] with newspaper clips being shown about missing people and how they were found. [presumably the victims from House Of 1000 Corpses] the newspaper articles mention how Police had raided the Firefly home and had found body parts in the refrigerator, as well as furniture made out of skin. The article also mentions how there was enough evidence discovered, specifically in the basement, to put the body count at [at least] 75 people, and possibly more!

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The thing that makes this film so much more memorable than 1000 Corpses is that we, as the audience, get a better understanding of the characters of Otis, Captain Spaulding, and Baby [not so much Mama Firefly, as she spends most of her time in jail]— not to mention, this time around, we really get to see their true colors as the villains they truly are. This film is also more believable to their House counterparts; especially the entire motel scene between the traveling band, Otis and Baby. It’s just so gritty and yet raw to watch — it’s one of those moment swhere you want to look away..but just can’t.

Otis is also more extreme this time around too, [I didn’t think that was possible either] with both his violent nature, and his quotes that are just fucking awesome. In fact, one specific quote — “the next thing that comes out of your mouth better be some fucking brilliant Mark Twain shit, cause it’s definitely getting chiseled on your tombstone!” actually got Bill Moseley [actor of Otis] nominated for an award at the Chainsaw Awards, which I think is pretty bad-ass! If quotes aren’t your thing, the ending of the film [the last 15 minutes or so] is one of my all time favorite endings to a film, just hearing Free Bird being played during a bullet frenzy feels so right somehow. [if you’re not up to watching the entire film, you can always watch the “grand finale” that I’m talking about on YouTube here]

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left to right: Baby, Captain Spaulding, Otis

The Devil’s Rejects is definitely not a film for everyone, with such extreme violence, necrophilia, Death, and torturous natures just to name a few. For horror fans, it’s an essential addition to a movie collections everywhere. If you enjoy the film enough, [like I did] DVD/Blu-ray copies came with a special feature known as “30 Days In Hell” which was a two hour documentary about the making of The Devil’s Rejects, and if you like behind the scene features, it’s fantastic and definitely worth a watch!

Now I turn to you; have you seen either House Of 1000 Corpses or The Devil’s Rejects? what did you think? fantastic film[s] or much too violent for your taste? Let me know in a comment or two! Be sure to smack that like button a few times over on Facebook cause every click counts! Sometimes, I even share things there that you won’t find on here! [haven’t seen the movie? watch the trailer for The Devil’s Rejects over on YouTube!]

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[also, Sherri Moon is still an attractive, but murderous bitch in the film — you’re a lucky man, Mr. Rob Zombie]

what we know so far — Rob Zombie’s “31”

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I’ve said it before, I’ll say it a million times: I hate clowns. They’re creepy, they hide behind a hundred pounds of make-up, and they just stare at you with those empty eyes [just me on that last one?] that being said, sometimes I find myself ‘okay’ with them – specifically ones on film. [I sense a ‘top 5’ list coming up, do you?] Now, Rob Zombie has a new film coming out – aptly called ’31’, and the clowns in the poster and concept art remind me of all the reasons I cannot stand the sight of them.

If you paid attention to Mr. Zombie‘s 60 minute live video last week, you’d know that, right now – not that much is known about 31 yet; other than it takes place in 1975 [on Halloween, of course], has some fucking terrifying clowns, and involves a game of cat and mouse in a ‘theme park’ — known as ‘Murderworld’..

It’s also being crowdfunded over at RZ-31, which is a newer concept to me; but none the less, it might actually do better because of it. [I like to believe that you have to be a certain type of person to willing watch murderous clowns in a theatre.]

As for myself, I’m skeptical about 31: don’t get me wrong, I loved “House Of 1000 Corpses” and especially enjoyed “The Devil’s Rejects”, but after last year’s lackluster “Lords Of Salem” – which I was looking forward to – I’m concerned, yet excited for this film. [I don’t want it sharing the same fate as Lords Of Salem..]

To further my excitement, I’ve collected the “concept art” that has been released so far, and I figured it’s definitely worth sharing; especially with the creep-factor. Below is the concept art for “31”, hope I’m not the only one who doesn’t like clowns, and remember you can always help support the film by donating money to RZ-31.

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So how do you feel about the concept for 31? Does it look like the next big thing in horror? Or are clowns just too much? I’m probably going to be watching through my fingers — only cause of those fucking clowns though!

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