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31 (2016)

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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.


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 (as Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs)
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)


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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English | Spanish | German

Release Date:

16 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

31: Праздник смерти See more »


Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,603, 28 October 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$779,820, 30 October 2016
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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31......the IQ of anyone who thought this was a good film?
17 September 2016 | by kbooteSee all my reviews

When the only positive conclusion you can find at the end of a film is that a 67 female cast member (Meg Foster) was sprightly for her age then you know you have just watched a pretty useless horror film.

The House of 1,000 corpses was okay and The Devil's Reject's was surprisingly good but having seen the rest of Mr Zombie's output I have concluded that the success of those films was largely due to the life that fantastic character actors like Sid Haig and Bill Moseley inject into the film rather than any talent that Mr Zombie had.

This film is just lousy. We have the usual signature Zombie cast of crusty character actors who's average age continues to rise film on film. That in itself would be fine, I'm sick of seeing horror films based around bland and boring early 20 something's, but I'm convinced that Zombie is only adopting this casting policy so that Sherri Zombie Moon can continue to look like the most vibrant member of the cast! If that's the case then he's going to have to cast 90 year old's in future to make the rather scrawny and lifeless Ms Moon look like the "hot young thing" in his next movie!

The half baked plot, based around some rich dilettantes betting on who will survive the longest when pursued by a series of supposed super killer clowns, is so badly executed that you really don't care who kills who or why. The super killers are anything but. There's a dwarf who my 10 years old would take out, a pansy couple of chainsaw wielding brothers who can't even beat a team of Grannies even though the Grannies only have bats. There's a lanky un co-ordinated pillock who's easily dispatched. he has a middle aged female sidekick who is supposed to be saucy but who, thanks to the application of body stockings, tape etc, is decidedly PG not R! Then there's the final killer. What we have here is a sissy who is so pathetic that he struggles to defeat an injured, unarmed middle aged lady even though he has 2 knifes. Where the hell is Bill Moseley when you need him??!! To make things worse these supposed "killer clowns" haven't even got proper clown outfits or make up in some instances.

What poor old Malcolm McDowell, genius of films like "Clockwork Orange" and "O Lucky man!" is doing in this Heaven knows. As lovely as it is to see Judy Geeson, a delightful lady who helped me discover puberty when her films such as "Here we go round the Mulberry Bush" and "Two into three won't go" were first shown on British TV in the early 70's, she must be wondering what the hell she has done to deserve ending up in rubbish like this.

Zombie's nods to the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre have been there in many of his films but in this one, particularly the final scene with Ms Moon which is a direct lift from the end of TCM, such plagiarism of an absolute classic only serves to show how flat and poorly made this "31" is.

A few gross out scenes and some unpleasant language don't make the film seem edgy, simply cheap and nasty. I'm afraid it's time for Mr Zombie to move on from the misogynist show reels for his wife and try and find his way again before his films gain a reputation as being nothing but time wasting garbage.

A cure for insomnia rather than the stuff of nightmares.

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