31

“Welcome to hell”

Five carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns.

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VOTES: 381
VOTES SCORE: 5.2
GENRES: Horror,Thriller,Mystery
STATUS: Released 2016-10-21
LANGUAGE: Deutsch,English,Español
Additional Info: United Kingdom,United States of America Spectacle Entertainment Group,Windy Hill Pictures,Protagonist Pictures,Bow and Arrow Entertainment,PalmStar Media

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  1. By this point in his career, there’s not much mystery left to Zombie. From his days of White Zombie to his latest musical outpourings and films, he’s made his desire to have fun and his love for the grittier horror of the past well known. Zombie fans know this. We go into each new project knowing there’s little chance of being surprised but hoping that it’s going to be a hell of a ride of full of homages.

    31 is no exception. The film opens with a scratchy, shaky cam and proceeds to introduce us to a lot of the same cast we’ve seen before playing the same trashy and foul-mouthed character types we’ve seen before. The acting is intentionally full of cheese and the setting is once again his favourite decade. If you didn’t enjoy House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, or The Lords of Salem, there’s little chance that 31 will be your cup of tea.

    On one hand, I’m not disappointed. 31 is pretty much exactly what I expected it to be. On the other hand, it’s clear that Zombie is capable of doing something more unique and at this point it really feels like it’s time for him to — for at least one film — take his horror a different direction. Sure, I’m tired of the boring cleancut CGI films of the mainstream, but if anyone can make one of these that is truly gorey and scary, Zombie’s the guy. I’m not saying he should stop doing what’s fun for him, but some variety would be nice.

    Quick notes:

    – Richard Brake (Doom-Head) was perfection.

    – Malcolm McDowell was underused.

    – Sherri Moon Zombie wasn’t the best casting choice for Charly, though I’d love to have her kicking ass here in a different capacity.

    – Zombie really should make a full release of Werewolf Women of the SS.

  2. _31_ was made very quickly on a shoestring budget, and it shows in Rob Zombie’s worst film to date.

    Bizarrely though, it also features what might just be the best performance of Richard Brake’s career. And that is no small feat, the man is a proven talent.

    Still probably skippable for the moviegoing community at large, but worth the time of a hardcore devotee.

    _Final rating:★★½ – Had a lot that appealed to me, didn’t quite work as a whole._

  3. _31_ was made very quickly on a shoestring budget, and it shows in Rob Zombie’s worst film to date.

    Bizarrely though, it also features what might just be the best performance of Richard Brake’s career. And that is no small feat, the man is a proven talent.

    Still probably skippable for the moviegoing community at large, but worth the time of a hardcore devotee.

    _Final rating:★★½ – Had a lot that appealed to me, didn’t quite work as a whole._

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