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The New Number For Horror - 31
By James Whittington, Sunday 28th August 2016

31If there is one person who has polarized audiences over the last 15 years or so then its Rob Zombie.

His cinematic visions have delivered some of the most debated, reviewed and controversial story lines and characters. 31 is his latest movie and it shows how Zombie is moving away from Hollywood even further by delivering what is to be sure to be considered his most controversial piece to date.

A camper van of carnival workers are kidnapped in the middle of nowhere by a trio of debauched decadents. Set loose in a derelict factory compound full of creepy passages containing nasty traps, the abductors led by Father Murder place bets on who will survive the longest in a 12-hour period of pain and maim against an array of sadistic clowns.

Shot in the grindhouse way and with a rocking soundtrack, 31 isn't your usual horror movie but it is what you'd expect from Zombie, just turned up a few notches. Yes folks, he pushes the envelope even further with this one and gives us another film that needs dissecting.

The effects are quite something and at times incredibly convincing. It is also very nightmarish in parts, there are several key sequences that are very vivid and incredibly stylised. The cast which includes Sheri Moon Zombie and Malcolm McDowell give it all they can especially McDowell who proves to be a smart a piece of casting.

I'll be very interested to know what you think of this one.


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