A Bloody Blast From The Past: Photos From Rob Zombie’s ’31’

by Thomas Tuna

Anyone up for a little game of 31?

Audacious filmmaker/rocker Rob Zombie apparently was doing some spring cleaning recently and ran across several gore-soaked, behind-the-scenes photos of his 2016 horror flick 31. Check out the images–courtesy of screenrant.com–on this page.

The controversial film–written, directed and produced by Zombie–follows five carnies in 1976 who are kidnapped by a gang of clowns known as The Heads. The carnies are forced to play a survival game called 31, which involves being chased through a maze of rooms for 12 hours. Those caught are tortured and murdered.

The movie–starring Zombie’s wife Sheri Moon, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Richard Brake and (believe it for not) Malcolm McDowell–was a critical and commercial disaster. The MPAA twice rated the film NC-17 for “sadistic graphic violence and bizarre sexuality,” but eventually relented, slapping it with an R rating for “strong bloody horror violence.”

The film–which earned just $850,000 on its $1.5-million budget–was generally blasted by critics. Variety said the movie’s “forced badassery” is “too silly and self-conscious to feel edgy, despite all the blood spilt and familiar taboos violated.”

Fans of Zombie’s work might be disappointed by his upcoming reboot of The Munsters. That feature–which also stars Sheri Moon Zombie, Phillips and Brake–is rated PG, and Zombie himself said fans who were expecting the movie to be “dirty, violent and nasty” are wrong. “It’s all good down on Mockingbird Lane,” he said.

Keep reading Horror News Network for more updates on Rob Zombie and The Munsters.

 

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