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Rob Zombie's 31 is sparring with the MPAA to avoid an NC-17

12.23.2015by: Brennan Klein

And the battle rages on... Rob Zombie's 31 is fighting the war that many a horror film has waged with the MPAA. The film has been sent for review twice and received an NC-17 both times. In today's post-EVIL DEAD world, you'd think the MPAA would be a little more lax, but their inconsistency seems to be their only constant. The team is making another pass at the film, but the struggle prompted Zombie to post this statement on Facebook, which ironically I need to censor:

Well, after two tries through the MPAA our rating on 31 remains NC-17. Maybe three is the charm to get an R rating. Why R you ask? Well, because your local theater will not show an NC-17. Even though you are a f**king adult... things much be censored for your enjoyment.

Even when he does get that R-rating, I doubt 31 will do anything less than turn stomachs. The film tells the story of:

Five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World. Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which “The Heads” – murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.

31 stars Richard Brake, Lew Temple, Malcolm McDowell, Sheri Moon Zombie, Meg Foster, Judy Geeson, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Jane Carr, Ginger Lynn, Daniel Roebuck, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Pancho Moler, Tracy Walter, E.G. Daily, Torsten Voges, David Ury, Bari Suzuki, and Devin Sidell. It will be screening at Sundance this January.

Extra Tidbit: What is the hardest R-rated horror film you've seen?
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9:05PM on 01/05/2016

official MPAA rating

From BULLETIN NO: 2406:
31 - Rated R for strong bloody horror violence,
pervasive language, sexual content and drug use.

From BULLETIN NO: 2406:
31 - Rated R for strong bloody horror violence,
pervasive language, sexual content and drug use.

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1:39PM on 12/24/2015

Embrace it Rob!

If it is all about the art, make the movie you want to make. Fuck the MPAA. Regal shows NC-17 movies and most independent theatres so it's not like NO theatre will show it. This movie wasn't going gross 40 million or anything thing close so stop fighting the MPAA and start fighting to get your movie released in as many theatres as you can. Personally I think we need a total overhaul on our rating system.
If it is all about the art, make the movie you want to make. Fuck the MPAA. Regal shows NC-17 movies and most independent theatres so it's not like NO theatre will show it. This movie wasn't going gross 40 million or anything thing close so stop fighting the MPAA and start fighting to get your movie released in as many theatres as you can. Personally I think we need a total overhaul on our rating system.
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1:03PM on 12/24/2015

Zombiefied

Why not release it nonrated. I'm not a real fan of slasher gore and Rob seems to like to take his films to the limit. He may just have to settle for releasing the Director's Cut later.
Why not release it nonrated. I'm not a real fan of slasher gore and Rob seems to like to take his films to the limit. He may just have to settle for releasing the Director's Cut later.
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11:33AM on 12/24/2015

extra tidbit:

Texas Chainsaw Massacre II....
of course watching THAT as an impressionable ten year old would warp you for life... I'm sure there are harder movies to watch now but thats what did it for me as a kid.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre II....
of course watching THAT as an impressionable ten year old would warp you for life... I'm sure there are harder movies to watch now but thats what did it for me as a kid.
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11:29AM on 12/24/2015

ok third times the charm...??

to say that the MPAA has been inconsistent is a misnomer, really (this is what I've heard while reading the adventures through editing land on the Friday the 13th flicks)
from what I understand, when a movie gets submitted to the MPAA and obtains a rating like NC-17, the MPAA makes no comments about which scenes need re-editing and which dont. the MPAA doesnt tell the director WHY the film received its rating, only that it did, making it a frustrating process of trimming back scenes that, had
to say that the MPAA has been inconsistent is a misnomer, really (this is what I've heard while reading the adventures through editing land on the Friday the 13th flicks)
from what I understand, when a movie gets submitted to the MPAA and obtains a rating like NC-17, the MPAA makes no comments about which scenes need re-editing and which dont. the MPAA doesnt tell the director WHY the film received its rating, only that it did, making it a frustrating process of trimming back scenes that, had the MPAA supplied the director with their notes, possibly would needd less work in the editing room or certain scenes may not have needed cutting and trimming at all.
its entirely possible that 31 has been trimmed for the wrong reasons or scenes that the MPAA didnt have an issue with originally, were edited and cut, while the problem spots were left untouched? (leading to a communications problem with getting your movie passed the ratings process.)
they'll get it right eventually, Im 100% confident of that. in the meantime lets hope the uncut movie shows up on the convention circuit or gets an "unrated" release on Blu-Ray....
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