Those prudes over at MPAA, amirite?

Screen Shot 2015-12-24 at 12.39.49 PMRob Zombie has never been one to shy away from graphic violence, nudity, crass language, or disturbing images.  Most, if not all, of his films contain a combination of all four and have all managed to obtain an R rating.  But somehow, his newest project, a horror film titled 31, has been given a rating of NC-17 by the MPAA ratings board, not once, but twice after Zombie edited and resubmitted it.

Like all filmmakers, Zombie understands that a rating of NC-17 is no bueno in terms of distribution.  After the second rounds of results from the MPAA, Zombie updated his millions of fans with the news about 31:

Screen Shot 2015-12-24 at 12.07.46 PM“Sadistic, graphic violence, bizarre sexuality/nudity, pervasive, disturbing images, and some strong language”? That’s so Zombie!

Given the content and ratings of Zombie’s previous movies (lookin’ at you, House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects), obviously I have some questions.  Mostly, what exactly is in this movie that earned the dreaded NC-17? And also, will the MPAA ever reduce the rating to R, or is the current board decidedly anti-Zombie?

In any case, 31 will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next month.  Here’s a brief synopsis of the film, in case any of you are attending the festival:

31 tells the story of five carnies in 1976 kidnapped on the morning of Halloween and held hostage in a remote industrial Hell. While trapped, they are forced to play a violent game called 31. The mission is to survive 12 hours against an endless gang of grease-painted maniacs.

 

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