There is perhaps no better day for horror genre director Rob Zombie to announce that he's moving forward on his next project than today, Halloween.
Fittingly, his next film, 31, will be set on the spooky holiday. Zombie says he was inspired to make a film set during Halloween after he heard that, statistically, more people go missing and are never found on this day than any other.
"I thought that’s a good premise for a film," said Zombie. "Add in the fact that everyone I know seems to really hate clowns and now you got a film."
Zombie, known for directing films The Lords of Salem,Devil's Reject, the 2007 remake of Halloween and House of 1000 Corpses, plans for 31 to be the first film in a new franchise. The project follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a compound known as Murder World. They'll try to survive a terrifying game called "31" in which murderous maniacs dressed as clowns are released to hunt them down and kill them.
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"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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Set to drop November 17, SoCal Sessions features 12 newly-recorded acoustic versions of some of P.O.D.'s biggest hits, including "Youth of the Nation" and "Alive." The album follows Sevendust's Time Travelers & Bonfires, which was released early this year, as another all-unplugged album from a band known for their heavy riffs."
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"Over the next two months, Zombie is looking to raise funds for the film via his new website RZ-31. The director is offering up a variety of high-quality rewards to people who want to support the movie, including autographed posters, a chance for Zombie to follow a winner on Twitter, a winner's name in the credits, a lifetime laminate to see Zombie on tour at any show and a gig as an extra in31. Zombie will also offer selected props from his movies, including Halloween masks and giant crosses from House of 1000 Corpses.
The movie tells the story of five people kidnapped in the five days leading up to Halloween and how they must fight to survive in a place called Murder World playing the game "31." The game's rules require the kidnapped person to kill his or her opponent – a group of clowns called "the heads" – in 12 hours to be freed."
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"Zombie is bringing his macabre haunted house triple threat to Chicago later this week, where patrons will also indulge in The Lords of Salem in Total Black Out, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto 3-D and Haunt of 1,000 Corpses -- first seen in 2013 at the inaugural Great American Nightmare in Pomona, Cali.
At that event, Zombie was inspired to write his next film, 31, for which a crowdfunding campaign is underway. "I was at the event watching people just being scared and chased around by murderous clowns and different crazy things," says Zombie.
"I came up with this idea for a really simple film: Let's make a movie of people being abducted on Halloween. I realized that's the one day of the year the facts say that most people go missing for whatever reason. That's kind of a scary thought.""
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"Some artists create worlds for listeners to fall into. It's those artists that ultimately advance rock music as a genre. They're the ones who not only change the game, but change listeners. In a long tradition of boundary-busting and groundbreaking rock acts like The Cure and Marilyn Manson, the 21st century gets September Mourning."
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"What is the model? Putting out records by long-running acts with existing fan bases. T-Boy has thus far released Zombie’s Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, which debuted at #7 and scored two Top 10 Active Rock tracks; The Zombie Horror Picture Show(the artist’s first-ever concert DVD); Megadeth’sSuper Collider, which scored a #6 debut and was #1 at Metal Radio for 8 weeks; and, most recently,Powerman 5000’s How to Be Human, [forthcoming album is called "Builders of the Future", single is "How to be Human"] which in recent weeks was in the top 5 of Most Added at Active. The one new artist T-Boy has signed, femme-fronted metallists Kobra & the Lotus, were developed by Gould’s old pal Gene Simmons."
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"The song is about losing your favorite person on the planet, and all of the mixed feelings and emotions that come with it – anger, confusion, isolation, depression, acceptance," Nicolaides tells Rolling Stone. "The whole balance to the video and song is that life can be terribly beautiful and annihilating at the same time. There are events and moments in your life that will be tragic, but so unbelievably freeing, and sweet at the same time. And it's strange and uncomfortable, but it just comes as part of being a human."
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"Even from his earliest days as a musician, Rob Zombie displayed a deep-rooted interest in aesthetics and visual style, in creating an entire world stewed in a distinctive brew of horror movies, true crime, the occult and general weirdness.
His latest film as writer and director, "The Lords of Salem," might be his most undiluted vision yet, a movie intended as a contraption for unsettling audiences, a mood piece meant to evoke a particularly dark turn of mind"
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"We have had a great deal of success in the past with Rob Zombie," explains Gould about his decision to take the new venture to UMe. "We want to sign rock bands with brand names that do good business on the road, and have been underserved by the major label system. The idea I had arose out of discussions with the other managers of major hard-rock acts who all felt their artists could benefit from an improved label experience. We're looking to super-serve this niche audience, which is tremendously loyal, and is often even larger internationally than here in the States."
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"L.A. power trio Beware of Darkness' frontman Kyle Nicolaides wants to make you ladies do one thing: howl. Which, appropriately, is the title of this Zeppelin-riffing, bluesy face-stomper off the group's forthcoming debut, Bleak. Think a more suped-up Black Keys concerned with pleasing the ladies with some fire-and-brimstone-y religious undertones for good measure. Party!"
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