There has been much anticipation from horror fans about Rob Zombie’s new film 31. The release date is October 21, 2016. However, Fathom Events offered a One Night Only Special Event showing on September 1, 2016. And guess what? I had to attend.
I had watched the trailers. I had seen the promotional artwork and production stills that were released. But I wasn’t quite sold. I wanted 31 to be a great film. I honestly like Rob Zombie as a filmmaker and a musician. But I didn’t know if it was going to be The Devil’s Rejects good or The Lords of Salem bad. I was hoping for The Devil’s Rejects good.
The Fathom Event opened up no trailers. It was straight to the premiere of Rob Zombie’s “Gore Whore” and “Get Your Boots On” music video. Than it was straight to the feature presentation of 31.
31 was promoted as the story of five carnival workers that are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game against a gang of sadistic clowns.
So imagine you are riding down a country road on Halloween night with five of your friends. There is something in the road so you stop. Next, you find yourself, along with your five friends, waking up in a dirty industrial site. They explain to you that you are there to play a game of 31. But what is 31?
31 is WAR. Sadistic clowns are trying to kill you and your friends. All you have to do is survive twelve hours of being hunted by these disgusting violent clowns. And guess what? Murder school is now open.
31 is a horror fans horror film. There is not a dull moment. No long lull to build anticipation. No lengthy back stories that delays the action. The movie is dirty, violent, bloody, and disturbing. All the things that horror fans want. The dialogue is great and the characters are amazing. Sheri Moon Zombie gave a great performance as always. But it was Richard Brake whom I feel stole the show. He gives an amazing performance as Doom-Head. The film is not without its faults. There are a few moments in the movie that I felt they went overboard with some of the handheld shoots. But overall, I think this film is Rob Zombie’s best work as a director. Well, maybe not better than The Devil’s Rejects but very close to it and maybe even a tie. The bottom line is Rob Zombie’s 31 delivers the type of Rob Zombie horror film that horror fans will enjoy.
Check out the trailer for 31 below. 31 can now be rented on VOD on Amazon.