Written and directed by Rob Zombie.
Starring: Sheri Moon Zombie, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Richard Brake, Malcolm Mcdowell, E.G Daily, Meg Foster.
You Jesus freaks are so fucking sensitive, you should be thanking me man, I’m sending you straight to the fucking pearly gates with a first class ticket.
After the Lords of Salem was released it seemed that RZ had some making up to do, after all he’s the man behind the Devils Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses and the Halloween reboots, so the Lords just seemed a bit toned down in comparison. So here we are with the highly anticipated 31.
Five carnival workers are kidnapped the night before Halloween, held in a compound they are forced to fight for their lives in a sick game called 31. Over the course of 12 hours they must survive against a barrage of homicidal maniacs while their captors place bets.
As a huge fan of Zombies movies I was extremely excited when he announced he was working on a new project, armed with a decent cast featured in his older movies I was really expecting the acting to be on point, however that was far from the case.
Only two characters really stood out to me, Malcolm Mcdowell and Richard Brake, they delivered stellar performances, no idea what the other guys were doing which is sad really, as I love all the main cast dearly. The premise of the film is one big game of cat and mouse, until the victims begin knocking off all the killers, which is odd really, a group of people with no real training take on a group of professional killers as if they’re mere pedestrians like you and I. The actual killers are all, well a bit weird, all posing as clown like characters with a few cross dressing tendencies, one of which is a nazi dwarf. Like I said, weird. Not really sure what Zombies angle was, was he trying to a bit offensive, or just plain weird? Death-head is a giant of a man who wears what seems to be a ballerina tutu, Sex-head (E.G Daily) parades around like a lovestruck teenager, then there’s psycho-head and skitzo-head, the most clown like characters who just talk a lot of shit but don’t have the flare. Then there’s Doom-head, the one we see the most of, the only character we actually see grow from a normal man, into his alter ego killer, which impacted his role massively.
I thoroughly enjoy RZ imagery in his films, the flashes of gore and weirdness, the photos of dead bodies plastered on the walls, it shows that he still has the grit and passion that he had in his earlier projects, the dark gritty surroundings of the compound all build up and make this film what it says, a murderous joyride into the mind of a madman. Putting the flat performances from certain characters aside, 31 just worked for me, the simple plot, Richard Brakes presence, and some memorable moments have allowed me to award 3.5 bashed heads out of 5.
I’m not crazy I’m in control – DoomHead.