The day before Halloween, five carnival employees are kidnapped & held hostage in an isolated compound known as “Murderworld”. On Halloween, they are thrown into a sadistic game called “31” where they must survive 12 hours against a gang of maniacs dressed like clowns. It’s time to play 31.
31 is a 2016 American independent horror film written and directed by Rob Zombie, and starring an ensemble cast featuring Sheri Moon Zombie, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Meg Foster, Richard Brake, Malcolm McDowell, Judy Geeson, and Jane Carr. The film revolves around five carnival workers’ survival playing a game called “31” while evading murderers known as “The Heads” dressed as clowns that have names that define their unique personalities.
The film was crowdfunded online twice at fanbacked.com. At a test screening, Zombie compared 31 to his 2005 film The Devil’s Rejects.
About the Story
During Halloween 1976 a group of carnival workers, Charly, Venus, Panda, Levon, and Roscoe, are attacked and taken to a strange, large building where three elderly people wearing aristocratic clothes, powdered wigs and make up, Sister Dragon, Sister Serpent, and their leader Father Napoleon-Horatio-Silas Murder, tell them that they are going to play the game “31” and that it will last for the next 12 hours. The group is placed in a series of maze-like set of rooms, where they must defend themselves against the “Heads”, several murderous clowns who intend to torture and murder them, all the while the group are given odds for their survival and bets are placed on them.
They come across five “Heads”, Sick-Head, Psycho-Head, Schizo-Head, Death-Head, and Sex-Head. They manage to kill their assailants, but not before the Heads manage to kill all but three of the workers, Charly, Venus, and Roscoe. The remaining three try to find a way out, but only manage to get one of their number – Venus – trapped inside a boiler room, where she is brutally murdered by the final Head, Doom-Head, who was brought in by the aristocrats to join the game. Doom-Head taunts Charly and Roscoe, telling them that the doors have been opened to the outside world.
Directed by: Rob Zombie
Starring: Sheri Moon Zombie, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Meg Foster, Richard Brake, Malcolm McDowell, Judy Geesonş Jane Carr
Screenplay by: Rob Zombie
Production Design by: Rodrigo Cabral
Cinematography by: David Daniel
Film Editing by: Glenn Garland
Costume Design by: Carrie Grace
Set Decoration by: Siobhan O’Brien
MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody horror violence, pervasive language, sexual content and drug use.
Studio: Saban Films
Release Date: October 21, 2016
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