"Filmmaker, musician, performer, and all-around Renaissance guy Rob Zombie is coming out with another horror film, called, simply, 31. It takes place in the five days leading up to Halloween and follows the fates of five people who’ve disappeared.
31 is set in a place called “Murder World,” and so of course, me being the 70s cinema geek I am, my first question to Rob was whether or not he was influenced by Michael Critchton’s Westworld. He shut me down on that one, stating, “No, not at all.”
So then I asked if it was inspired by haunted houses or Halloween mazes. I was getting warmer. He replied, “The movie’s not really inspired by this, but what kicked off the idea was the Great American Nightmare I was running and promoting [last year]. I was just watching the crowds running in terror from clowns running around with chainsaws and things. And I thought, ‘Oh, man, it’s so funny watching people be scared and be chased. People hate being chased.’ And they know it’s totally fake. I was like, ‘I don’t know; people certainly hate clowns.’ So I was inspired by that. That was what we were thinking; [it was] the light bulb moment about something that could be our next movie.”"
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