31 Promo Poster

Rob Zombie’s 31 Hits Theaters Tonight

Looks like it’s going to be a good “game.” The trailer is intriguing.

Loved House of 1000 Corpses, loved The Devil’s Rejects, Loved the Halloween remakes — even though remakes are proof that most of the best stuff has already been done and the media machine is just pumping out more-of-same to a younger audience because there aren’t many good ideas anymore — did not love Lords of Salem but I’m hearing that 31, a partially fan/crowd-funded film, marks a return to RZ’s earlier style of filmmaking and story telling. I’m looking forward to some fresh horror thrills.

Zombie’s films are unique in that they stray from traditional filmmaking techniques honed and used to great effect by horror movie makers of the past, especially masters of 1980’s horror classics, John Carpenter, John Landis, Steven Spielberg and others. Pacing, structure and editing techniques guide the viewer through the story and deliver well timed scares and plot elements that helped to create a concise and meaningful experience for the audience. I’m hoping 31 does that.

House of 1000 Corpses, while loaded with great characters, Captain Spaulding, one-liners and creepy shit galore, has some random elements that get the viewer sidetracked on ideas that don’t even relate to what happens later in the film. To me that disrupts the flow. But what the hell do I know?

The Devils Rejects is a concise peace of film making that actually works, as is the first Halloween remake. The Halloween 2 remake is really just an over the top violent stab fest. That might be fine for some, but to me horror is much more than just violence and spurting blood.

The Lords of Salem left me limp. And it was not for the lack of nudity or bonerizing horror and creepiness. It was just a collage of weird shit and I could not follow the story line. But I’m not a filmmaker, and I’m an old dude so what the hell do I know? Still love Zombie though!

Tonight my wife and I are hitting the theater to see the premier of 31, and I’m hoping this film delivers. Based on the trailer (seen below) and all the movie stills released for promotion it looks to be a fun horror romp. The characters look cool and intriguing, which one should expect from a Rob Zombie film, and the look is raw and gritty.

I’m pretty stoked. We’ll be listening to RZ’s latest album, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, on our way to the theater, just to get us in the mood.

Sheri Moon Zombie in 31

Am I the only one getting a little tired of seeing Sheri Moon in every RZ film? Don’t get me wrong, she’s awesome! Loved the hell out of her in House of 1000 Corpses, Devils Rejects and in the Halloween films, but it’s just getting a little weird. Every single fucking movie. I’m probably just being an ass wipe. 31 will probably kick ass, and I will let you know!

Stay tuned for a full review after the premier! Meanwhile, check out the official trailer for 31 here: