Rob Zombie’s ‘31’ Receives NC-17 Rating From the MPAA

Rob Zombie

by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

I’m a big Rob Zombie fan. Even though a lot of people find his brand of filmmaking hit-or-miss, I can usually find some enjoyment out of his work.

One group of people that most likely don’t feel Zombie’s work is the MPAA. And it’s evident in their current rulings on the rating for RZ’s latest film, 31.

After submitting a second cut of the film, Rob Zombie’s latest horror project, which tells the story of a quintet of carnival workers dropped off in “Murder World” and being forced to survive twelve hours of psychotic clowns trying to kill them, has still been slapped with an NC-17 rating. So the director took to Facebook to voice his frustration over the second cut of his film getting labeled NC-17:

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 fucking adult things much be censored for your enjoyment.

Zombie is correct in his diatribe – most theaters won’t show an NC-17 film. But his R-rated fare is pretty out there already. Still, this isn’t the first time a director has had to tweek their work to appease the censors.

I’m just curious as to what he has in the film already. He was kind enough to include the rating description in his post and…:

Sadistic Graphic Violence, Bizarre Sexuality/Nudity, Pervasive Disturbing Images and Some Strong Language

Sounds like a typical Rob Zombie film to me. But Zombie’s Director’s Cut versions tend to be a bit extreme. I remember actually being really shocked by the Unrated Cut of Halloween, to the point that I don’t watch it too often.

No matter what version hits theaters, I’m almost positive we’ll get his true vision on an Unrated blu-ray when that eventually hits stores.


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