Next Rob Zombie film 31 finally gets a release date

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I’ll be honest – I was contemplating not even posting this news here, as this kind of film doesn’t really appeal to your average cinema goer and especially not me. But then, I realised not many other movie sites are interested in the news either, so why not be different and go ahead and publish it.  What’s the worst that can happen? Consider this an experiment then…

Rob Zombie is not your average film maker. Apart from being mostly known for his strange brand of industrial metal, he is also an avid horror fan and has been making really obscure auteur horror movies for years (The Devils Reject’s, Halloween). Personally, while I can enjoy his musical tastes, I’m not a big fan of his movies – I don’t find them particularly scary and they are more disturbing than anything else. But he has been getting better with every release he has been making – even if his films are getting more bizarre.

His latest project, 31, was actually shown in January at the Sundance Film Festival, but was not scheduled for wide release unit it found a distributor, as Alchemy who was involved in the film, ran into financial difficulties. Now that wait for a distributor is over – at least for North America. Saban Films, who has also been making a name for themselves with similarly obscure horror movies, has picked up the rights for this and as such, they have now revealed a release date as well.

Written and directed by the hard-rocker, the project stars Malcolm McDowell and Sheri Moon Zombie alongside a cast that includes Richard Brake, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Jeff Daniel Phillips and Meg Foster, among others. Not exactly a widely known cast – but that is part of his films’ appeal – they are low budget creep fest.

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The film’s official description reads: “The day before Halloween, five carnival employees are kidnapped and 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 and a much more sadistic plot awakens. It’s time to play 31.

Its not the kind of story line that is going to win any awards, but Zombie’s films have never been about logical reasoning at all. He just wants to throw stuff at you with the intent to shock.

Zombie himself revealed the final release date, saying:

Finally we have a release date – September 16th.

With Saban Films president Bill Bromiley also confirming that this film is probably not going to be your average horror film:

31 is a treat not just to horror fans, but fans of true auteur filmmaking. The film is executed in true stylistic Zombie fashion. Rob is an unrivaled talent, and we are thrilled to bring his bold new film to audiences across the continent.

This film is likely to not gain a lot of attention on the US circuit and will probably only be available on the dark reaches of VOD sites in this country, as we have no local distribution. But if you think you can stomach it – go ahead. Most people will probably hate it, which means James will love it.

You can see a totally NSFW teaser for it below that should put you completely off watching it – right here:

Last Updated: April 4, 2016

Craig Risi

A man of many talents, but no sense how to use them. I could be discovering the cure for aids or finding ways to achieve world peace, but I'd rather be watching movies and writing here instead.

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