Rob Zombie’s new film 31 has been given an NC-17 rating by the MPAA. He then made edits to the film and resubmitted it to the MPAA and they still gave it an NC-17.
A lot of crowdfunding campaigns espouse a similar philosophy when it comes to their decision to go straight to “the people” to raise money for their film: the chance to play by their own rules without having to deal with the out of touch suits in the movie biz who think they know how to make your movie better than you do.
Rob Zombie is a polarizing filmmaker who makes some challenging and brutal movies when given the chance but has also butted heads with industry bigwigs going back to his directorial debut House of 1000 Corpses. Universal had bought the film and but got cold feet when they saw just how graphic it had turned out, fearing an NC-17 rating. Zombie was later able to get the rights back to the film and sold the rights to Lionsgate.
Sadly for Zombie even though he made a film without studio interference he cannot escape the film industry, being that the MPAA represents the very corporations he was sidestepping when he made 31.
In case you didn’t know, 31 tells the story of five poor saps kidnapped the day before Halloween and held hostage in Murder World. Their only means of escape is to survive 12 hours being attacked by hideous, murderous clowns. Sounds like fun!
So should Rob Zombie have learned his lesson by now? Should he be looking for less conventional ways to get his movie seen where the MPAA rating wouldn’t matter? Are you now more excited for this movie knowing how gruesome it is? Is anybody else excited that Richard Brake is in it? Let us know!