One Night of a Horror-ble Movie

Catherine Goodheart, Staff Writer

A film in theaters only for one night by a musical genius. Rob Zombie is a musician, director, and screenwriter.  He started off as the lead singer in the heavy metal band, White Zombie, in 1985 and started his film career with House of 1000 Corpses, released in 2003.  Rob has mainly focused on creating horror films and just recently came out with the thriller/horror film 31, released on September 1st, 2016.  31 takes place in 1976, the day of Halloween, when five carnival workers, Charly (Sheri Moon Zombie), Venus (Meg Foster), Panda (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs), Levon (Kevin Jackson), and Roscoe (Jeff Daniel Phillips) are on the road in an RV on their way to their next venue.  On the way there, they are attacked and taken to a building when three strange people wearing aristocratic wigs and powder force them to play “31,” a game where they must survive for 12 hours against multiple killers that the three psychotic people have hand picked.  If they are able to survive these 12 hours, they will be set free, but escape is highly doubtful.


This movie was not what I expected at all.  31 is unoriginal and follows the same plot of every psycho killer gone bad to worse horror movie.  I was very disappointed by the lack of plot throughout the movie, as it was more focused on gore more than what was actually being said.  When they were captured, the cut in between being driven by the attackers in the RV and ending up in the strange building left the audience lost and confused due to a poorly edited cut scene, wondering if there was a struggle that could have been elaborated on.  One of the most anticipated lines in the movie that had a lot of potential to add drama and spice up the plot was overlooked along with some characters that felt under-developed.  A character that I was very interested in was Panda because Zombie lightly touched upon his backstory, yet never went into it again, even though he was the only character that Zombie bothered to give a thoroughly detailed backstory.  Overall, I would not recommend seeing this movie unless you enjoy watching bad horror movies.