31 trailer

On paper, 31 sounds like the Rob Zombie-est Rob Zombie movie ever made: a group of random people are abducted and forced into a twisted game where they must survive being hunted by murderous clowns for twelve hours. Now that the first trailer for the film has arrived, it officially looks like Rob Zombie-est Rob Zombie ever made, collecting all of his familiar tics and aesthetic choices under own bloody, grungy umbrella. There are twisted clowns and bizarre monologues and a ’70s setting and outrageous costumes  and preposterous character names (“Father Napoleon-Horatio-Silas Murder”) and Sheri Moon Zombie wearing skimpy outfits and, most importantly, lots and lots of long, scraggly beards.

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31 release date

Everybody loves a clown, so why don’t you? Well, probably because the movies have taught us that clowns tend to be insane murderers at best and child-devouring supernatural entities at worst. Anyone willing to put on a red nose and a wig, cinema says, is someone you should not trust.

But hey, at least they make pretty solid fodder for horror movies and it’s starting to look like 2016 will be a banner year for the “evil clowns kill a bunch of people” subgenre. 31 and Clown, both about evil circus folk and both represented by noteworthy filmmakers, have landed release dates. Nightmares do come true!

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rob zombie 31

We can say a lot of things, both good and bad, about Rob Zombie as a director, but at least he has a voice. While many filmmakers are happy to color within the lines and deliver something approachable and easy to sell, Zombie’s particular brand of foul, brutal, throwback horror is always interesting, even when the movie is a total stinker. I’d sooner watch the feverish, fascinating, and totally awful The Lords of Salem again before I revisit many horror movies. For better and worse, his movies stand out. They’re so filthy that you can practically smell them.

And since a major component of Zombie’s aesthetic involves finding unique and special ways to portray human pain and suffering, it shouldn’t be surprising that his latest movie, 31, has been slapped with an NC-17 rating by the MPAA. And while this is a weird badge of honor for any horror filmmaker, it’s not one that you want to wear all the time – as Zombie himself is quick to point out, this rating can spell certain doom for any movie.

Hit the jump for more on the latest Rob Zombie 31 news.

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Rob Zombie Shoots ’31’ in February

Rob Zombie 31

Rob Zombie launched a crowdfunding campaign for a new film, 31, earlier this year. (The film’s title, perhaps obviously, references Halloween, but this is not a Halloween film.)

That campaign, despite launching with an undefined financial goal, was evidently a success. Now Zombie is pushing forward with international sales planned for the American Film Market, starting next week. And then, assuming things go well the film, about a kidnapped group of people forced to compete in and hopefully survive a place called Murder World, will shoot in February of next year. Read More »