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Too Much Horror Business: Box Office Winners and Losers of 2016

Although October 2016’s slate of horror films were at an all time low, this didn’t stop studios from making money at the your local cinema at other times of the year.  2016 was another profitable year for horror films, with the exception of a few high profile bombs. 

The undisputed horror box office champ was The Conjuring 2.  James Wan’s sequel to his 2013 film that showcased the further adventures of renowned ghost hunters, Ed and Loraine Warren, raked in $102.5 million domestically, and $320.2 million worldwide.  The largest foreign market happened to be Mexico, where the Conjuring 2 made $20.5 million.  Although the film was not the critical success of Wan’s first film, it appears like there is no stopping this franchise, whether Wan returns to the director’s chair or not. read more

New Trailer for Rob Zombie’s 31 Lands

The latest spot for Rob Zombie’s new gore-fest 31 is a tight, frenetic, blood-splattered hatchet to the face. The trailer opens with the unmistakable voice of Malcolm McDowell (Halloween 1 & 2) announcing, “Tonight, we are going to play 31!”  What follows is a series of quick cuts showing torture, screaming, spraying blood, cackling, a white human-sized bunny rabbit and even an apology from Richard Brake (Game of Thrones) for not sharpening his ax before firmly planting it into the neck of his victim.  The film has the look of Zombie’s prior efforts such as House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. In spite of rumors to the contrary,  Zombie has said 31 is not a continuation of those earlier films. The plot follows a group of kidnapped carnival workers who are forced to endure a deadly 12-hour game of cat & mouse. read more

Rob Zombie’s 31 Release Changed to One Night Only?

Fans of Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects, have been eagerly anticipating the release of his new film 31, which appears to be a “return to form” for the horror director. After experimenting with Hollywood-remakes (Halloween and Halloween 2) and the satanic-witch tale Lords of Salem, many fans expected 31 to tread the same ground as his first two gore-drenched films.   While the cinematic quality will be determined later by fans and critics, Zombie’s film will be receiving a special Fathom Event release on September 1st, 2016 instead of the wide release promised for September 16th.  Fathom Events usually handles special events and re-issues in theaters nation-wide, such as the recent two day run of the animated The Killing Joke and the upcoming return of the Shining to theaters in October. read more

Rob Zombie’s 31 Trailer Released

Well, the moment Rob Zombie and horror fans have been waiting for…the trailer for “31” has just dropped and looks to deliver the gory goods.  Just a cautionary note to those freaked out by clowns.

Teaser Poster for Rob Zombie’s 31

We have the first teaser poster for Rob Zombie’s 31. It stars Sheri Moon Zombie, Malcom McDowell, and Meg Foster. 31 will hit theaters October 21. You can view the poster and release info below.

A FILM BY ROB ZOMBIE
In Theaters October 21st from Saban Films and Lionsgate
Written & Directed by: Rob Zombie
Executive Producers: Mike Goodridge
Producers: Rob Zombie, Andy Gould, Matthew Perniciaro and Michael Sherman, Eddie Vaisman, Mike Elliott
Cinematography by: David Daniel
Music by: Jeff Cardoni
Edited by: Glenn Garland
Cast: Sheri Moon Zombie, Malcom McDowell, Meg Foster, Elizabeth Daily, Sandra Rosko, Richard Brake
Distributor Saban Films
Release Date: On Demand September 16th, In select theaters October 21st
Running Time 102 min.
Rating R
Synopsis: From the visionary mind of Rob Zombie comes the horrific story of five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large compound. At the mercy of their captors, they are forced to play a twisted game or life or death called 31. For the next 12 hours they must fight for their lives against an endless parade of homicidal maniacs. read more

Saban Films Acquires Rob Zombie’s ’31’ & Gives Release Date

Saban Films has acquired the rights to Rob Zombie’s ’31’ and has set a release date of September 16.  The film stars Sheri Moon Zombie and Malcolm McDowell.   Zombie wrote and directed the film, which centers around five carnival workers who are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned compound, and are forced to partake in a violent game of survival against a gang of sadistic clowns for 12 hours.   It was financed by Bow and Arrow Entertainment and co-produced with Spectacle Entertainment Group. read more