Originally Posted by Bob McLaughlin
21. Rob Zombie's 31 (FTV)
A ragtag band of carnies on Halloween night 1976 are thrown into a deadly competition to survive against psychopathic human hunters dressed as clowns. After pushing himself artistically in "Lords of Salem", Rob Zombie has scaled back his ambitions here and deals a more conventional formulaic horror story, the kind we've been seeing since "The Most Dangerous Game", "The Running Man", and dare I say it, "The Hunger Games". However, this is very much a Rob Zombie film, so if you like stuff like "The Devil's Rejects", you're going to have a great time with this one, despite the lack of novelty. Shot in just 20 days, "31" is lean and mean, loaded with characters and psychos, chock full of profanity and brutal violence, and Zombie reliably delivers the goods. A particular highlight is the nefarious character of Doom Head, who makes Heath Ledger's Joker seem like a perfect gentleman. No new ground is broken in the film, but that's okay. I suspect Zombie may be turning into the Woody Allen of horror films: he keeps chugging out stylish, reliable quality entertainment to a group of appreciative fans.
3.5 out of 5 stars.
Ordered 31 through Amazon last night. We have 30 days to watch it, so the plan is to pair it with HOTC on Halloween Night.
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