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31 (2016)

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Five carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, hellish 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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Rob Zombie

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Rob Zombie
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheri Moon Zombie ... Charly
Jeff Daniel Phillips ... Roscoe Pepper
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs ... Panda Thomas
Meg Foster ... Venus Virgo
Kevin Jackson ... Levon Wally
Malcolm McDowell ... Father Murder
Jane Carr ... Sister Serpent
Judy Geeson ... Sister Dragon
Richard Brake ... Doom-Head
Pancho Moler ... Sick-Head
David Ury ... Schizo-Head
Lew Temple ... Psycho-Head
Torsten Voges ... Death-Head
Elizabeth Daily ... Sex-Head (as E.G. Daily)
Michael 'Red Bone' Alcott ... Fat Randy (as Michael 'Redbone' Alcott)
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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. It's time to play 31.

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Rated R for strong bloody horror violence, pervasive language, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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David Ury referred to this movie as "by far the craziest I've ever worked on, and certainly the craziest stuff I've done on film". See more »

Goofs

In the opening credits montage, presumably set in 1976, an obviously modern (21st century) truck front fender is seen in one of the cuts. See more »

Quotes

Sister Dragon: Excuse me for asking, Father, but what exactly is the protocol if we have a survivor?
Father Murder: Doom-Head has never failed us. He will deliver as expected.
Sister Serpent: I mean no disrespect, but that was not the question.
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Connections

References The Thing from Another World (1951) See more »

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The Entry Of Gladiators, Op. 68, Triumph March
Written by Julius Fucík
Performed by Royal Swedish Air Force Band
Courtesy of Naxos by arrangement with Source/Q
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These Clowns Are All Talk And Not Enough Bite
19 September 2016 | by venusboys3See all my reviews

I had no anticipation or information about this movie going in... except for it being a Rob Zombie movie and my enjoyment of all his other movies so far. None of them are perfect but none of them are boring, all of them bring something interesting to the table. Not so much with 31 though... One thing I've generally liked with Zombie's movies is that, unlike a lot of horror films such as Hostel - which promise all sorts of transgressive horrors only to bait and switch with some relatively tame eyeball gouging, Zombie's movies generally follow through on their threats. I never feel safe in his movies (except I'm pretty sure Mrs. Zombie's characters will survive to the final frame). Unfortunately, 31 let all the air out of that balloon dog for me. It didn't ever come close to crossing any lines of standardized horror. Oh sure, Its clown's show up and promise all sorts of vile entertainments... but they never materialize. Instead, we get some badly filmed fight scenes and routine kills that could be out of any war/crime/fantasy film. There's little or no suspense, barely any atmosphere outside of the clowns' initial entrances and Malcolm McDowall's nonsensical prattling. The movie takes its time building up 'Doomhead' but what is he but another loudmouthed guy in a clown suit? I assume he'd go down just as easily to a well-aimed blow to the head. There's really nothing special about him except for the amount of time he gets on screen. He even does the loathsome 'golf clap' routine that should be forever banished to Cliché-land. When the clowns do get their hands on someone they're not likely do do anything surprising at all... just stab them and move on. Unless something nastier was edited out of the version I saw... which I kinda doubt.

The carnies themselves had the potential for being the sort of interesting protagonists I'd pull for... and I DID like that they weren't just a bunch of squealing teenagers (Meg Foster especially was fascinating to look at. Older women like her are so seldom allowed on screen in heroic roles). But they're mostly reduced to just goofing around and swearing at each other... maybe it was just bad improv because the writer couldn't think of what to do with them?

This is BY FAR the least interesting thing I've seen come from Mr. Zombie. I'm still a fan of his previous films, I'll still watch whatever he makes next... but this one is the bottom dweller. Not that it's such a bad generic horror movie, as just that alone it's fairly average... but it's certainly a bad Rob Zombie horror movie. And being that, it's pretty disappointing.


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16 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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$779,820

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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