White Zombie rocker Rob Zombie’s new horror film, 31, is set to premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on January 23rd in the Midnight section. However, it’s what you won’t see when it’s released in theaters in February or March that has fans talking.
The film was presented to the MPAA ratings board three times, receiving an NC-17 rating twice before giving it a final R rating after Zombie tweaked some violent scenes. The outspoken Zombie expressed his distaste for the MPAA’s strict guidelines in a post online.
“Well, after two tries through the MPAA our rating on 31 remains NC-17. Maybe three is the charm to get an R rating,” he states. “Why R you ask? Well, because your local theater will not show an NC-17. Even though you are a fucking adult… things mu[st] be censored for your enjoyment.”
However, Zombie has assured fans that an unrated cut will be released on DVD.
“Will we ever see Zombie cuts of the movies you have had to cut down to get an R rating?” a fan asks on Zombie’s Facebook page. “Yes on DVD,” Zombie replies.
Written and directed by Zombie, “31 tells the story of five carnies in 1976 kidnapped on the morning of Halloween and held hostage in a remote industrial Hell. While trapped, they are forced to play a violent game called 31. The mission is to survive 12 hours against an endless gang of grease— painted maniacs.”
The film stars Zombie’s wife, Sheri Moon Zombie, Meg Foster, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Richard Brake and Malcolm McDowell.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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