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/10
203 Ratings

31

Directed by Rob Zombie
United States, 2016
Horror, Thriller

Synopsis

Five people are kidnapped on the days leading up to Halloween and held hostage in a place called Murder World. While trapped, they must play a violent game called 31 where the mission is to survive 12 hours against a gang of evil clowns.

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31 Directed by Rob Zombie

Awards & Festivals

Fright Meter Awards

2016 | 3 nominations including: Best Make Up

2017 | Winner: Best Supporting Actor

2017 | 2 nominations including: Best Make Up

Horror piles on horror, absurdity on absurdity, all of it treated by Zombie with carnivalesque abstraction. A dream sequence in which Charly is used as the comatose straight-man to a jaw-dropper of a joke is the movie in miniature. You can’t extricate yourself from the nightmare because you’re irrevocably a part of it. That 31 is dropping at the tail end of an especially volatile election season is either no accident or unconscious kismet.
October 20, 2016
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No one goes to a Rob Zombie movie looking for classy entertainment, and with “31” the director works harder than ever to reinforce that tradition. Awash in blood and revoltingly misogynistic dialogue, this latest redneck ruckus (his seventh feature) is a grindhouse slog of unrelenting bad taste.
October 20, 2016
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For all that style, there’s little sense of forward movement. 31 at first seems a kind of road-trip movie, but Zombie starts spinning his wheels once his doomed victims-in-waiting reach their final destination.
October 20, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • Ghostman's rating of the film 31

    Underwritten, uneven, cheap, & derivative, Rob Zombie's dumbass take on The Running Man is still admittedly effective. While the opening is rushed & corny, once the 'games' begin the film takes off into Zombie's trademark grisly degeneracy with a bonus, if slight, social commentary on the fascism of the wealthy ruling class. At its best, it unfolds like a bad dream.

  • Ethan's rating of the film 31

    This was an intense thriller that ranks up there with The Devil's Rejects as Zombie's best. A jaw dropping extravaganza that will have you on the edge of your seat the whole way through. Kind of like if Bunuel directed The Cabin in the Woods on bath salts.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film 31

    I get Rob Zombie's motivation here: following the critical and fan lambast of his Satanic thriller "Lords of Salem," easily his most creatively out-on-a-limb endeavor yet, it makes sense to scale back and focus on something with a "Running Man"-like simplicity. Unfortunately, the smaller stakes makes it abundantly clear that Zombie has never excelled at directing action or generating thrills. "31" is dead on arrival.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film 31

    A horror riff on The Running Man by way of Rob Zombie could have been so cool. But Zombie dropped the ball here, as 31 could've had the intensity and knife-edge balance between the artistically mature and bonkersness that made The Devil's Rejects and Halloween II beautifully grueling. Here, he returns to House of 1000 Corpses territory, and it feels like a freshmen film in its execution and script. Amateur, indeed.

  • Zachary T.'s rating of the film 31

    Boy, is Zombie ever hit and miss. I love "The Devil's Rejects" and "Halloween II," flawed but wickedly surreal, stylish films that knew how to fuck with expectations and develop characters. And while "31" opens with a quote from Kafka and a killer high-contrast B&W shot, it quickly devolves into lascivious white-trash worship, stale, indulgent, banally-written threat-monologues and toothless violence. Dogshit.

  • msmichel's rating of the film 31

    After the excellent 'Devil's Rejects' and the interesting if misconceived 'Lords of Salem' Zombie returns to the puerile lunacy of '1000 Corpses' with this complete mess/miss. A game of death is played encompassing kidnapped contestants, rich ringmasters and depraved killers. Unfortunately the script is just awful and the bloodletting weak. Visually it has its moments but they don't overcome the tedium of watching.

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film 31

    A film that oozes style, with its colorful, flashy, grimy visuals that echo the ugliness of Grindhouse films. Rob Zombie is a divisive director and he proves he won't compromise with this one. Only thing I wish is he compromised some of the insanely shaky videography during the more climactic moments. The lack of clarity in this film is sometimes truly abysmal and detracts from an otherwise boldly disgusting film.

  • Scorpio Velvet's rating of the film 31

    Blake's performance on Doom-Head could rival Ledger's on Joker (crazy fellow he was). The ending left me wanting to see more of the battle between Charley & Doom-Head, of course.

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