Cert: 18 Runtime: 102 mins Director: Rob Zombie Cast: Sheri Moon Zombie, Jeff Daniel Phillips. Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Meg Foster, Kevin Jackson and Malcolm McDowell
You know what they say, kemosabe, in Hell, everybody loves popcorn
Rob Zombie is a film-maker I admire, he attempts to make horror films the way they should be done. Old fashioned, gory and fun. Recently his films haven’t been the best, with the release of 31 we had hope. The trailers made it look very interesting and unique but is it any good and what is it all about? The day before Halloween, five carnival employees are kidnapped & 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 & a much more sadistic plot awakens. It’s time to play 31.
This is not as bad as Lords of Salem but it’s a bad movie! Literally there is no sense or development to the film. The opening sequence is salivating but it then withers and dies fast. You really want the film to finish about 30 minutes in. Rob Zombie had a premise but the idea disappears as he tries to make a predictable movie. The death scenes were very average at best and nothing original really happened. The characters were very dull and had no real drive to them. Sherri Moon Zombie does stand out as always, not her most memorable character. Zombie used a lot of shaky cam here and it really was unnecessary, leave that to Paul Greengrass. Give 31 a go if you are a Rob Zombie fan, but don’t expect much from it.