Director: Rob Zombie
Screenwriters: Rob Zombie

Institute History

  • 2016 Sundance Film Festival


It sure sounds fun: a band of carnies road trippin’ on a sunny Halloween day in 1976—just a freewheelin’, magical mystery tour of good times and better weed. But this here mellow is getting harshed, baby. First, the sky gets darker. And then everything else does, too.

Our huckster heroes are forced to match wits with a fiendish crew of psychobilly fascists who love chaos, pain, and greasepaint. And the audience is up against an equally unpredictable opponent in writer and director Rob Zombie. With characteristic flair and zero remorse, Zombie rips the wings off of his little counterculture butterflies, baring their true, animal natures—not to mention a shitload of viscera.

Like any nightmare, 31 is terrifying because you never know what’s coming next. But here’s a little hint: don’t get too attached to anyone or anything, especially body parts. Those knives are sharp as hell.

— Jon Korn

Screening Details

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