House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, and the Halloween reboot director Rob Zombie has a new horror releasing soon. The movie is titled 31, and a pair of new trailers for it have been released online.
The movie follows a group of people who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and forced to play a game called “31” in which they will have to fight to stay alive. You can read an official plot summary for the movie and watch the new trailers below.
If someone penned a biography of me, it would be called “Pro Wrestling and Horror Movies.” Okay, maybe it would have a more clever title, but you get the idea. Someone who linked those two geek subgenres was “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. I was 5 years old when I watched Piper defeated Adrian Adonis at Wrestlemania III in what was billed as his last match. So a year later, when I saw Piper was the star of a movie, I needed to see it. The film was John Carpenter‘s They Live, a sci-fi action thriller that to a young kid, was about ugly aliens and CURSING! As I’ve gotten older, They Live has grown into an outright cult classic, with themes much deeper than my 6-year old brain could understand. And with the unfortunate and untimely passing of Roddy Piper on Friday, at the age of 61 from cardiac arrest, it assures They Live will live on forever, for both pro-wrestling and horror movie fans.
Rather than write a review of a near 20-year old film, let me simply point out some of the reasons They Live earned its cult status:
An official trailer for the upcoming Rob Zombie horror The Lords of Salem has been released online. The movie keeps Zombie in the genre he loves, while also moving him away from the Halloween franchise some horror connoisseurs were not too fond of.
This new movie takes us to Salem, Massachusetts, setting of the Salem Witch Trials, where that dark and evil past might not be as buried as was once thought.
You can read a synopsis and check out the new trailer for The Lords of Salem below now.
I don’t know if John Carpenter, one of my favorite directors of all time, will ever again make a movie as good as the genre classics he used to blast out back in the golden days before old school directors like him would be forced to slog away in the salt mines of direct-to-video filmmaking. But during that wonderful near-two decade period when he was without equal in the ranks of America’s finest and most prolific directors, Carpenter made many classics that would endear him forever to fans of science-fiction, horror, and action cinema, and his 1988 film They Live was possibly the last truly great feature he would ever sit behind the camera on.
Held over the weekend in Dallas, TX and co-sponsored by Rue Morgue Magazine, the horror convention Texas Frightmare Weekend hosted a panel discussion with the three stars of They Live – former WWF (now WWE) superstar Roddy Piper, Keith David (who also co-starred in another Carpenter classic – 1982’s The Thing), and 1980’s genre mainstay Meg Foster (Blind Fury, Welcome to Arrow Beach). Rue Morgue’s managing editor Dave Alexander moderated the hour-long panel.
You can watch a 16-minute compilation of highlights from the spirited discussion here below.