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"In Hell, everybody loves popcorn."

31 is a 2016 horror film directed by Rob Zombie and starring Sherri Moon Zombie, Richard Brake, Meg Foster, Jeff Daniel Philips, and Malcolm McDowell.

On Halloween, five carnies are kidnapped and brought to a place called Murder World. There they are forced to stay alive for twelve hours while playing a deadly game called 31. Their opponents are a group of murderous clowns known as 'The Heads' with each one nastier than the last.

The film was partially crowdfunded by fans.


This movie contain examples of the following tropes:

  • Abandoned Warehouse: Where the game of "31" takes place...
  • And I Must Scream: This is heavily implied to be the case with with Georgina Victor; Doom-Head tells her husband that two clowns took a liking to her and that she will be sticking around for a while. We see her a year later as a "human sex doll".
  • Apologetic Attacker: Doom-Head apologizes to his first victim for his axe being dull. May be Affably Evil or, more likely, Faux Affably Evil.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Schizo-Head begs for his life before being killed.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: The owners of Murder-World are depicted as looking like French aristocrats.
  • Ax-Crazy: All the Heads, but Doom-Head is especially insane and brutal when he actually starts working.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted, Charly looks like hell and can barely walk at the end of the film.
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  • Berserk Button: Quote Doom-Head, "I ain't no fuckin' clown."
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Murder World is run by Sister Dragon and Father Murder.
  • Black Dude Dies First: The two black guys in the group of five are the first two to die.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: Charly escapes the warehouse, but she is alone as Roscoe, Panda, Venus and Levon are all dead and she's bloody, limping and trapped in the middle of nowhere. Doom-head later catches up to her in a van, gets out, draws twin knives and smiles. Charly can barely stand, but still balls up her fist in anger and faces him, implying that at the very least, she won't go quietly. Roll credits.
  • Casting Gag: Ginger Lynn is seeing 'entertaining' another clown after Captain Spaulding.
  • Cold Ham: Doom-Head has the coldest delivery out of everyone in the entire film. He's also just as hammy as the rest of the Heads, if not more so.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: Death-Head wears a tutu.
  • Cultured Warrior: Doom-Head views himself as this at least.
  • Deadly Game: 31 is a game in which you have to kill your opponents to win.
  • Depraved Dwarf: Sick-Head is a Nazi dwarf wielding two knives.
  • The Dragon: Doom-Head is the final 'Head' to arrive and the most deadly.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The film begins with Doom-Head ostensibly addressing the camera, with his monologue painting him as a deranged but intelligent killer with a macabre sense of humor.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Doom-Head is actor Richard Brake at his raspiest and most demonic-sounding.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Death-Head and Sex-Head both beg for the other to be spared when the tables are turned on them.
  • Fanservice Extra: The owners of Murder-World have naked women in masks serving them.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Though Doom-Head makes some token attempts at being polite to his victims, he's ultimately about as charming and refined as a suit and tie on a rotting corpse.
  • Final Girl: Charly seems to be this but her fate is in question by the end of the film.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Doom-Head's opening monologue is delivered directly into the camera, before it cuts to show that he's actually talking to a guy strapped to a chair.
  • The Ghost: The implication is that there are many other 'Heads' available for "31" that we don't see; the names that are dropped include "Rage-Head" and "Bash-Head".
  • Gorn: Now, who's directing this movie again?
  • Groin Attack: Georgina Victor gets chainsawed through her private parts.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: Hey, uh, Doom-Head, would you mind backing up from the camera a bit?
  • Guttural Growler: Doom-Head again.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Psycho-Head is sliced in half by his own chainsaw.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Roscoe makes Charly escape without him and tries to distract Doom-Head long enough to give them a head start.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Schizo-Head and Psycho-Head are both killed by their own chainsaws.
    • Also, Doom-head fails to secure the final kill because he stops to monologue with Charly like he did with his other victims.
    • Sick-Head is stabbed to death with his own sword.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The pairing of Death-Head and Sex-Head is this.
  • Karma Houdini: The owners of Murder World face no consequences.
    • Depending on the end of the movie, Doom-Head could be this also.
  • Kill 'Em All: By the end of the movie, all of the seen Heads except for Doom-Head and all of the carnies except for Charly are dead.
  • Large Ham: Father Murder comes off as this.
  • Looks Like Orlok: It's not explicitly the same but Rob Zombie states that this was the visual inspiration for Doom-Head. Further lampshaded during a scene where Doom-Head has Nosferatu playing as he has sex.
    • Also, after he is called in, Doom-head wears an outfit nearly identical to Count Orlok.
  • Madness Mantra: Doom-Head repeats "I'm not crazy, I'm in control" several times to himself in the mirror before punching himself in the face and giving himself a bloody mouth.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Richard Brake is, by all accounts, a really nice guy. Doom-Head is not.
  • Monster Clown: The Heads all wear clown make-up and/or costume as they try to kill the carnies. Although Doom-Head aggressively denies it.
  • The Oner: The opening scene of the movie consists of Doom-Head giving a long, psychopathic monologue directly into the camera. It lasts for nearly three minutes before we cut to a shot of the guy he's talking to.
  • Off with His Head!: Schizo-Head is decapitated with a chainsaw.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Most of the Heads are misogynists in one form or another and Sick-Head is a Nazi fetishist.
  • Professional Killer: The Heads are paid large amounts of money to kill people for the game of '31'.
  • Reality Has No Subtitles: Sick-Head frequently speaks in Spanish and during his fight with Charly she speaks Spanish back. Sex-Head and Death-Head later sing in German. None of it is subtitled.
  • The Secret of Long Pork Pies: The remaining carnies find a dinner waiting for them. After eating some of it, it turns out to be the remains of a slain friend.
  • Slasher Smile: When Doom-Head gets real into it, he sports a terrifying grin. And the grin he gives Charly at the end of the film is outright Nightmare Fuel.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Sick-Head is a Nazi clown with a swastika painted over his chest. His room has "Arbeit macht frei" written above the door and is filled with all sorts of Hitler and Nazi memorabilia.
  • Worthy Opponent: Doom-Head views the final survivors as this.