31: Rob Zombie’s Most Twisted Film Yet?
31: Trailer Review
Director: Rob Zombie
Writer: Rob Zombie
Release Date: September 16, 2016
Release Format: Theatrical
MPAA Rating: Rated R
Horror Sub-Genre: Horror, Thriller
The day before Halloween, five carnival employees are kidnapped & held hostage in an isolated compound known as “Murderworld”. On Halloween, they are thrown into a sadistic game called “31” where they must survive 12 hours against a gang of maniacs dressed like clowns. However, the clowns aren’t the only ones they need to worry about – a grand scheme of satanic rituals & a much more sadistic plot awakens. It’s time to play 31.
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The trailer opens abruptly with a mysterious man opening a door. It then flashes to a man putting face cream on his face, with some intense scenes with him punching himself. The next sequence shows a man and a woman in the video, having a good time together. We then come to a dramatic sequence, where the man and woman are being jumped by a gang of unknown assailants. We come to an intense scene, where a group of people (including the man and woman) is chained up in, what looks like an altar of some sort. Mysterious people come before them and inform them that they are going to play “31”.
The words “Comes to his most twisted film yet” flashes on the screen. Followed by a sequence of intense scenes where the group of people is imprisoned in a gated area and pursued by a gang of merciless assailants. The words “1 rule. Survive” flash on the screen, intertwined with dramatic, intense scenes, as well as a few flashback scenes sprouted here and there. The trailer ends with “31”.
Rob Zombie, a mastermind of horror, brings us “31”. A film in which, based on a trailer, is a dark and sadistic game, where the “players”, who are unwillingly and involuntarily selected and held prisoner, are forced to play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. They are imprisoned in, what looks like a maze of some sort, and a gang of assailants pursues them in a brutal battle to the death. They have 16 hours. The only rule is to survive.
“31” has had quite a bumpy road as far as getting the film into theaters, but I am glad it all worked out. Its initial rating was NC-17. Of course, in order to comply with the guidelines set by the MPAA in the United States, the content needs to be toned enough to achieve an R rating. So, that’s what Rob Zombie had to do. In order for everyone to get a chance to watch the film in theaters, he had to achieve an R rating.
Speaking to fans a couple of weeks ago, Rob said;
“Why R you ask? Well, because your local theater will not show an NC-17. Even though you are a fucking adult… things must be censored for your enjoyment.”
I can honestly say that this is quite unfair. Directors should not have to cut down their work to make it suitable for theaters. We, the fans, are the ones who enjoy these movies. And, if an NC-17 is what we want, then an NC-17 is what we should get. Nevertheless, don’t get sad and glum. Rob Zombie has stated that the cuts, in fact, did not hurt the film. We can still expect “31” to deliver in terms of gore and depravity. As the trailer states; it’s Rob Zombie’s “most twisted film yet”.
“31” is set to release September 16, 2016.