31 is a 2016 USA horror thriller by Rob Zombie.
Starring Malcolm McDowell, Elizabeth Daily and Meg Foster.
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.
Director Rob Zombie is running afoul of national ratings body, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), who, after reviewing two cuts of his latest movie 31 , refuse to give it anything lower than an NC-17 rating. Zombie commented:
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 adults… things much be censored for your enjoyment.
The MPAA have said the current cut of 31 features sadistic graphic violence, bizarre sexuality/nudity, pervasive disturbing images and some strong language.
The film is scheduled to premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, followed by a theatrical release in February or March.
Update: R rating confirmed
7th January 2016. See latest ratings [pdf] from filmratings.com
The MPAA has announced that a cut version has just been rated R for strong bloody horror violence, pervasive language, sexual content and drug use.
The R rating was granted at the 3rd attempt and surely there will now be an unrated video release to follow the cut theatrical release.