So Rob Zombie (House Of 1,000 Corpses)… Ok so I have been a fan of his work for many years, since long before he became a filmmaker, and was not only a fan of his solo work, but back when he was still in White Zombie… A LONG time… As a matter of fact I can still remember listening on the radio when I was going to School and KROQ announcing the end of White Zombie!
And as for his movie work, I have to say that those have been a different kind of monster… I mean the work that he has done re-inventing the, ‘Halloween’ franchise, or House Of 1,000 Corpses (2003) was absolutely brilliant!
And that is why it was so sad to see how disappointing 31 (2016) was!
Written & Directed by: Rob Zombie (The Lords Of Salem). Starring: Sherri Moon-Zombie (House Of 1,000 Corpses), Jeff Daniel Phillips (3 From Hell), Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (Roots), Meg Foster (They Live!), Kevin Jackson (Conspiracy Theory), and Malcom McDowell (A Clockwork Orange).
”Now, you may think you see a grease-painted performer sitting before you. But trust me – I’m not here to brighten your dismal day; I am here to end your miserable life. You know, all in all, you’ve had a pretty good run, but deep down inside you must’ve known it all had to end somewhere – might as well be now. ” – Doom-Head (A qoute by: Richard Brake (Doom), from the movie, 31 (2016).)
In 1976, during yet another seemingly ordinary Halloween, a happy team of carnival workers on their way to the next show–Charly (Played by: Sheri Moon-Zombie), Roscoe (Played by: Jeff Daniel Phillips), Panda (Played by: Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs), Venus (Played by: Meg Foster), and Levon (Played by: Kevin Jackson)–stop for gas in the dead of night, only to find themselves at the mercy of Father Murder’s sadistic trio of Victorian psychopaths.
As a result, for the next twelve long hours, whether they like it or not, the unfortunate captives must play the inhumane game of “31”, and survive the onslaught of chainsaw-wielding jokers, Nazi tormentors, and the ultimate adversary: Doom-Head, the clown from Hell. Now, Charly and the rest are like trapped mice in a bloody labyrinth of terror. Who has what it takes to win his freedom?
Now I had heard some truly great things about this movie before it came out! Stuff, including all of the legendary talent they got… Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, wh was a massive name in the 70s and Meg Foster in the 80s and 90s and they even pulled off getting Judy Geeson!
The problem with this film is that it is not necessarily a bad film… It has all of the classic, blood, gut, gore and flare that Rob Zombie puts in to all of his work. But to me, honestly… This movie felt a little to formulaic! I felt like the only character missing from this movie was, ‘Doctor Satan’ (The big bad from House Of 1,000 Corpses!)
You dig what I am saying? If you are as big a fan of Rob Zombie’s work as I am, this movie is worth watching… But if you aren’t… This one isn’t worth watching!