From the visionary mind of Rob Zombie comes the horrific story of five carnival workers who are kidnapped on 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.
What We Thought:
I seem to be in the minority of people who didn’t hate Rob Zombie’s last film The Lords of Salem. I didn’t think it was his best work, but others seemed to hate it. I heard 31 was closer to his earlier films House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects and I can see the comparisons.
To me the film is a horror version of The Running Man. The hostages are sort of contestants who in order to survive, must outrun and kill different people who are out to kill them. They have 12 hours to survive a little Hitler who speaks Spanish, a tall guy and girl, some chainsaw guys and a sociopath. Meanwhile three people are watching and bringing in different killers and giving the “contestants” their odds of survival.
Overall I liked the film. It has some really good gore and violence which is what I expect from Rob Zombie. Anytime you have chainsaws around, I’m interested. The music is cool and I overall liked the style of the film. It takes place in the 1970’s so it has a 70’s vibe to it. The clothing, the camper, the dialogue, all 70’s style.
I had a hard time understanding the little Hitler character. I think he was speaking Spanish, but I don’t speak it. It took a little while to get going, but once it did, the gore was good. You can probably figure out who the main character will be if you are familiar with Zombie films. I was hoping it would be different, but it wasn’t.
The Blu-ray looks really good. Because it’s a stylized throwback, it kinda has a grindhouse look to it. The coloring is dark and saturated and looks good. The score and dialogue are clear and loud. Bonus features include Making Of documentary and commentary.
If you like Rob Zombie’s earlier work, you should like 31. Malcolm McDowell is always good and reminded me of Richard Dawson in The Running Man. Quality gore and violence makes it worth the watch.
- “In Hell Everybody Loves Popcorn: The Making of 31” Documentary
- Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Rob Zombie
Cast & Crew:
- Rob Zombie
- Malcolm McDowell
- Sheri Moon Zombie
- Jeff Daniel Phillips
- Meg Foster
Recommended If You Like:
- House of 1000 Corpses
- The Devil’s Rejects
- Rob Zombie movies