Rob Zombie Returns To Halloween With ’31’

Rob Zombie is not done with the scariest of holidays just yet. The director behind House of 1,000 Corpses and the remake of Halloween has decided to take on the full month of October with 31.

Rob Zombie’s 31 tells the story of a group of five people, who are kidnapped on the days leading up to Halloween. They are spirited away to a location known as Murder World, where they will have to play a vicious game of survival called “31,” which entails surviving 12 hours against a contingent of evil clowns.

According to IMDb, the film is slated for a 2016 release. No firm date has been announced at this time, but the month of October seems like a no-brainer.

That being said, it could be interesting if Rob Zombie ends up going head-to-head with Halloween Returns, the latest in the tired series featuring Michael Myers as everyone’s not-so-favorite boogeyman. Production on that film is slated for this year with a probable late 2016 release.

It would make no sense to release either of these films after Halloween or too far in advance of the actual day, so a friendly competition could happen.

The only outlying question: will either be worth the time for fright fans?

While both of Zombie’s Halloween films made money, his sequel made a lot less than the 2007 reboot. Reviews were mixed on the first and downright horrible on the last one.

Many respected what Zombie tried doing with giving Myers a back story and taking you in to the events that made Michael, well, Michael.

Unfortunately, the scripts were pretty bad, void of anything that remotely sounded like realistic dialogue and filled with characters that were unlikeable at best.

Zombie had much better luck with his original ideas, and that’s what could make 31 a winner.

House of 1,000 Corpses was filled with frightening imagery and an undoubtedly original “vision.” The genre-bending follow-up, The Devil’s Rejects, would follow and actually one-up its predecessor.

That put Zombie in line for the Halloween series, which he has yet to recover from, and that includes his attempt to break free with Lords of Salem.

If it’s Zombie’s goal to beat out his old employer with 31, he’s in a pretty good position. Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, known primarily for driving the Saw series into the ground, are behind Halloween Returns, and it’s already confusing as to whether the rumored plot line fits in Zombie’s universe or the original’s. According to Moviehole, this is the plot.

“The now 18-year-old child of one of Myers’ victims plays a central role along with the child of a cop whose long been obsessed with Myers’ case, even putting it before his own daughter. Myers is now on death row and the two kids with their own personal vendettas against the killer sneak in to watch his execution. But when things go awry and Myers escapes, the pair, along with their friends, find themselves in trouble.”

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[Image via IMDb, linked above]