Rob Zombie is having trouble getting an R rating for his upcoming horror movie, “31”. According to The Pulse Of Radio, the organization that hands out the ratings, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), has so far refused to give the movie anything less than an NC-17 rating after seeing two cuts of it.
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 adult… Things much be censored for your enjoyment.”
Although NC-17 is a legitimate MPAA rating — unlike the non-official X, which is used almost exclusively for porn — most movie theaters refuse to show films with an NC-17 rating, which allows no viewers below the age of 17.
The current version of “31” is said to feature “sadistic graphic violence, bizarre sexuality/nudity, pervasive disturbing images and some strong language.”
Zombie described the movie’s plot: “It takes place on Halloween night, that’s why it’s called ’31’, and it’s about five people — five adults, not teenagers — who are kidnapped and taken away to an undisclosed location and basically hunted as sport for 12 hours in a game called 31. And if they survive, they’re set free. If they don’t survive, well then, they don’t survive.”
The film is scheduled to premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, followed by a theatrical release in February or March.
Zombie also revealed earlier this week that the title of his next studio album will be “The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser”. The disc is tentatively due out in early 2016, with the first full song expected to arrive on January 11, 2016.