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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sundance midnight line-up

The Sundance Film Festival is all about giving small movies from new filmmakers a platform, and their “Midnight” section is all about giving small genre movies from often insane filmmakers a platform from which to disgust, horrify, and shock Fest attendees. The 2016 Festival doesn’t kick off until late January, but the first batch of Midnight movies have been revealed and it’s the expected mix of unknown talent, slightly known talent, and a few well-known people thrown in for good measure.

While most of the Sundance Midnight line-up revealed so far comes courtesy of filmmakers you probably know nothing about (yet), the Fest is also playing new movies from Rob Zombie and Kevin Smith. Hit the jump for more details.

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Rob Zombie Groucho Marx

Rob Zombie featured characters named after Marx Brothers characters in his first two films, and now Zombie is making a movie featuring Groucho Marx himself as a character.

The film is based on a memoir by Steve Stoliar, who worked for years as Groucho’s assistant and archivist. Stoliar, like Zombie, was a fan of the Marx Brothers before he got that job, so this will be a film by a Marx Brothers fan about another fan who got the chance of a lifetime to develop a personal relationship with Groucho.  Read More »

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 »

Guardians of the Galaxy Easter Eggs

Guardians of the Galaxy might be Marvel’s most elaborate film to date when it comes to easter eggs. I’ve watched the film twice now and have noticed a ton of inside jokes, references to characters from the comic books, 1980’s callbacks and more.I attempted to compile the most complete listing of Guardians of the Galaxy easter eggs, including (possible spoilers teased in the following):

  • Who is Peter Quill’s father? Does Peter Quill’s mother have a relationship with Captain America?
  • The geography of the four revealed Infinity Gems (which stones have been revealed and where are they?)
  • Many Marvel comic book characters you didn’t see appear in Guardians (including a prominent female Krylorian techno-artist)
  • A look at many of the treasures which can be seen inside The Collector’s museum (who or what is in the cocoon?)
  • 8 cameo appearances from filmmakers, actors and even pets revealed (Nathan Fillion and Seth Green, where?)
  • The stars behind the CG characters (who played Rocket on set?)
  • A look at the 1980’s pop culture references in the film (did you know Star-Lord’s ship is named after a 1980’s television star?)
  • How the comic book canon differs from what appeared on screen
  • Funny credits and more

Take a look at /Film’s Guardians of the Galaxy easter egg list after the jump.

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Guardians of the Galaxy cameos

James Gunn promised that Guardians of the Galaxy would have “the most Marvel comics characters ever in one movie,” and now we have some new info that suggests he may actually deliver. A list of confirmed cameos has been making the rounds, which includes details on just whom Nathan Fillion and Stan Lee are playing.

Even more amazing, however, is the reveal that one notorious cult favorite will also make an appearance in the movie. Here’s a hint: He was the second Marvel character ever to get a theatrical feature. Hit the jump for all the dirt. And yes, obviously, spoilers lie ahead.

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Halloween blu-ray box set

Halloween fans and Paul Rudd completists have reason to rejoice today. September of this year will see the release of a complete Halloween blu-ray box set from Anchor Bay and Scream Factory.

For the first time ever, there will be a single box release collecting Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween H20, Halloween: Resurrection, and Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween II.

In this case “complete” isn’t a term being used lightly. The box will feature not only all ten major Halloween releases, but also one of the rarest items in the Halloween catalog: the “Producer’s Cut” of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Meyers. This “producer’s cut” is an alternate version of the film that was also the big-screen debut of Paul Rudd, and features quite a few scenes that aren’t in the theatrical release. The movie has been the most sought-after bootleg for Halloween fans, and a legit release is something we once thought would never see the light of day. Read More »

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Austin’s biggest media festival, SXSW, is coming up in about five weeks, and the film portion of the fest has unveiled a list of films that will play in the midnight and shorts categories. Running March 8-16, the film portion of SXSW has been growing into one of the country’s premiere film festivals.

The biggest inclusions on the midnight side are Rob Zombie‘s The Lords of Salem (new trailer), Adam Wingard‘s You’re Next (interview), and the very entertaining S-VHS (Sundance review). That horror sequel, incidentally, has evidently been renamed V/H/S/2, just to make the connection to last year’s horror anthology V/H/S much more clear.

There’s also the premiere of Xan CassavetesKiss of the Damned, and Haunter, the new film from Vincenzo Natali (Splice). The image above is from Cheap Thrills, and shows how “Craig (Pat Healy) and Vince (Ethan Embry) begin their descent into hell with Colin (David Koechner).”

Info on the full midnight lineup is after the break. Hit the SXSW website for the complete shorts list. Read More »