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It's just before Halloween in 1976: Fair host Charly (Sheri Moon Zombie) and her four colleagues travel through the deepest hinterland on their way to their next job. In the middle of the night they are ambushed and kidnapped. Suddenly they find themselves on an abandoned factory site, where they become part of a perverse game: In "Murder World" they have to compete against some crazy killers. Only those who survive the next 12 hours will be able to leave the deadly arena again. There are no rules - but also no escape…
With "31" Rob Zombie stays true to his dirty, brutal-sadistic style. And this, even though he didn't really want to stage any horror movies anymore. But completely detached from the shackles of the studio system and with the help of two crowdfunding campaigns, the musician and filmmaker wanted to return to his roots and present a really rough, unadapted shocker. For the release in the US cinemas he had to use the scissors, however, whereby he promised his fans that the uncut "Zombie"-Cut will appear later on DVD.
Whoever liked "House of 1000 Corpses" might also like "31". The movie's problem, however, is that it not only doesn't look very well played, but also surprisingly uninspired. Even though his style has always taken some getting used to and has rather been aimed at a small niche audience among horror fans, "TDR - The Devil's Rejects" or the not uncontroversial "Halloween" movies were at least visually convincing. "31", on the other hand, looks dirty, trashy and simply cheap. In addition, there is not a single sympathetic character and one is extremely annoyed by the characters after only a few moments - be it by the victims fighting for their survival or by the killers, some of whom are acting far too over the top.
It's commendable that Rob Zombie broke away from the studio system in order not to have to compromise and to stage the film the way he wanted it to be. But this can't hide the fact that Zombie simply isn't a good screenwriter, nor that his main actress and wife Sheri Moon Zombie isn't a very good actress. Bad dialogues, exaggerated actors, exaggerated lengths and the lack of any tension to be compensated by exaggerated violence make "31" one of Rob Zombie's worst films to date. But loyal fans will still like it and the film is made for them. And therefore for the target audience - and also only for that - there is just one: Worth seeing!
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