Rob Zombie 31
Killer eye candy for those who love all things horror.
Review by Rachel Varla.
Cult horror filmmaker Rob Zombie did it again. With the advance screening of 31 in select theaters on September 1st, viewers across the US were able to finally see the finished product of his much anticipated, crowd-sourced horror film titled 31. Murder-Clowns, torture and mayhem laced with funny, 31 doesn’t disappoint.
The premise: Set on Halloween day in 1976, a group of carnies traveling from one small-town carnival to another, get ambushed by a gang of huge, masked thugs in jail-striped costumes. They are taken to a large compound where they are held captive and forced to play a “cat and mouse” game of death which their captors call “31.” The captors are seemingly wealthy aristocratic eccentric types who have so much money they don’t know what to do with themselves except of course to pit human beings against each other for sport and wager. In a secret society type ritual with an Illuminati vibe and naked nymphs sporting perfect breasts adorning most scenes, the captors discuss impending death and torture as though it were what’s for lunch. Malcolm McDowell plays “Father Murder,” the ringleader of this group and introduces his band of private hired killers throughout the film.
The private killers are some of the best animated, (not actually animated, but very colorful and memorable villains) from the Mexican Nazi dwarf, Death-Head and Sex-Head, and a pair of chain-saw wielding brother clowns called Schizo-Head and Psycho-Head. (Who appear to be from the AstroCreep days of Zombie’s mind) My favorite and the most compelling is Doom-Head, played by Richard Brake. Every second he is on screen he can’t hide his depravity and dementia. From his introduction to the very last scene his character will leave a horrible taste in your mouth and a stench in the air. Yeah, he’s that good.
At first I was a little worried that Sheri Moon Zombie would just be playing another Baby Firefly type character in this, but she had a much more stoic yet still playful and girlie aspect to her and brings out a strength that hasn’t been seen from her before. A tragic, sexy heroine so to speak. A side note regarding the critic who said Rob Zombie is misogynistic and portrays women as “fuck-bags,” sluts and victims, I completely disagree with this! Yes, there is a lot of crass talk and action, but when it comes down to it, who are the strongest characters in his films? Baby Firefly? Mama Firefly, and Charly or “Number 5″ in 31. Even Venus is a complete badass and definitely is NOT a victim. Zombie clearly loves women and portrays the most feminine and sexual women as being the most dangerous. That is pure love and totally the truth, look at Varla girls
Cinematically, Every…Single…Frame of this movie could be turned into a work of art. Visually stimulating and beautifully directed, 31 is not only scary as hell, but is killer eye candy for those who love horror. If you have enjoyed Rob Zombie’s other films like House of 1000 corpses and Devil’s Rejects, you’ll love 31.
Here’s the trailer. Enjoy!
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