Rob Zombie’s Surprised by MPAA Rating

Rob Zombie’s latest contribution to horror cinema may not be released as a theatrical delivered medium. Although his latest project titled; “31” is scheduled for a world premier on January 2016 MPAA ratings are hindering all attempts for a National theatrical release. Rob Zombie’s “31” received the dreaded NC-17 film rating, a classification that completely shuts the door to all theater franchises. To no avail, production edited “31” and made two separate attempts for the MPAA to retract the NC-17 rating to rated R

The outcome doesn’t look good the film underwent and Rob Zombie turned to Facebook to vent his frustration.

DecayMag.com RobZombie "31" MPAA Rating

The MPAA are classifying “31” with the dreaded NC-17 rating for “sadistic graphic violence”, “some strong language,” and “bizarre sexuality.”

In Today’s society Horror movies are not what they were ten or even twenty best yet thirty years ago. What’s presented to the theaters is a watered down visual medium that is hurting the genre. Don’t believe it? Name one terrifying, controversial scene from a theatrically released horror film over the past two years.

In fact, if a classic horror film from the 1960’s were to be released in today’s society it wouldn’t hit the big screen…ever. Rob Zombie’s “31” may not be that horrific to earn an NC-17 rating. Has today’s society become soft and whimper to the slightest creative expression in a horror medium? Apparently so.

Rob Zombie’s “31” Overview

DecayMag.com covered the film over the past several months. The following are excerpts from our previously released articles: 

Rob Zombie’s “31”  was completely and successfully funded via crowdfunding sources. Choosing to produce, film and distribute “31” allowed him free creative reign towards the project. In an Interview with Loudwire on the 7th of August 2014, Rob Zombie states:

..as the years go on, the game changes all the time, and a movie that you could get made years ago, you cannot get made anymore, because the business changes, things change. And I’ve noticed that, here’s also a lot of aspects of the crowd funding that were sort of taking place already, where people always wanna buy props or own a piece of the movie or somehow be involved after the fact, whereas after the fact, there’s nothing much to be involved with.”

Alchemy, Independent content distributor for film and television had acquired the North American rights to Rob Zombie’s latest film earlier this year.

The official synopsis to “31” reads as follows:

31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World. Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which “The Heads” – murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.

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