[Podcast] Rob Zombie’s 31 (2016) — Episode 182 — Horror News Radio

Rob Zombie returns with another grind house exercise in excess with 31. The film features  Sheri Moon Zombie, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Meg Foster, Kevin Jackson, and Malcolm McDowell. The grue-crew tackle the film, available now on VOD, with a combination of eager curiosity and unshakable dread. His past film, Lords of Salem, was praised by The Black Saint but panned by Doc and Thomas. How will their reaction to 31 match up to the other films in Zombie’s filmography. Oh, dear…

Thomas reviews the third season premiere of  Star Wars Rebels with the hour-long episode “Steps into Shadow.” The 3D CG animation series from Lucasfilm Animation is currently available on Disney XD and features characters such as Ezra Bridger, Kanan Jarrus, Hera Syndulla, Sbaine Wren, and Garazeb “Zeb” Orrelios along with, according to Thomas, a few fan-favorite surprises. If you’re eagerly waiting on Rogue One to debut in December, perhaps Star Wars Rebels is your fix.

Dave dives into  the  Horror News of the Week with the word on  the passing of another horror icon, the Godfather of Gore,  Herschell Gordon Lewis.  Doc and Gruesome Magazine writer Paul Cardullo are heading to  Wreak Havoc Film Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina this late September/early October. The Knoxville Horror Film Festival is coming October 21-23, 2016 in Knoxville, TN. Another announcement for the fall is that Horror News Radio will be at Spooky Empire in Orlando, Florida, October 7 – 9, 2016. Oh, boy! Plan your trip now.

Co-hosts  Doc Rotten,  Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.,  Dave Dreher  and  Thomas Mariani  are back again this week to give you the best in horror as they recap, review and obliterate all that is horror this week!  Oh, and don’t forget – Stump the Saint! (Brought to you by Gruesome Magazine)

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Episode 182 — Rob Zombie’s 31  (2016)
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Feature Review: Rob Zombie’s 31  (2016)

The madman musician behind House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween (2007), Halloween II (2009), and Lords of Salem (2012) returns with 31. And…wow…Thomas is pissed, while The Black Saint and Dave are rather  unimpressed and Doc Rotten is…apologetic. The film follows a small band of carnies making their way across country when they are kidnapped by a band of maniacs pitting them against their will against a clan of murderous clowns. They go by the names Sick-Head, Psycho-Head, Schizo-Head, Death-Head and Sex-Head. But none of them compare to the worst of the worst, Doom-Head played with zeal and charisma by the film-stealing Richard Brake. Sheri Moon Zombie, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Kevin Jackson and Meg Foster must survive 12 hours trapped in Malcolm McDowell’s murderworld known as 31.


What Have You Been Watching: Star Wars Rebels  (2016)

Turning to the lighter side of the genre, Thomas takes a loving look at the Star Wars animated property Rebels, now in its third season. While The Force Awakens gets all the hype and Rogue One is stealing the spotlight, this Lucasfilm Animation series, according to young Thomas, is far closer to the spirit of Star Wars than the live action offerings Disney is producing thus far. The stories take place fourteen years after Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and five years before the opening of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.



  • [00:00:44] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:03:52] Announcements
    • [00:03:58] Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival
    • [00:04:51]  Knoxville Horror Film Festival
    • [00:05:33]  NYC Horror Film Festival
  • [00:11:38] Feature Review: Rob Zombie’s 31  (2016)
  • [00:59:16] What Have You Been Watching: Star Wars Rebels
  • [01:07:00] Support HNR w/ Patreon
    • [01:08:46] Thanks to Patreon HNR is going to Spooky Empire Oct 7-9, 2016, Orlando, FL
  • [01:12:18] Horror News of the Week
    • [01:12:18] RIP Herschell Gordon Lewis
    • [01:21:08]  Classic Blood Fest I Drink Your Blood coming to blu-ray with all the bells and whistles
    • [01:26:00]  John Carpenter rips Rob Zombie a new one
    • [01:34:02]  Indie Filmmakers rejoice – The People’s Network debuts with a John Carpenter helmed premiere
  • [01:39:32] Stump the Saint


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Doc Rotten
Editor-In-Chief / Founder / Podcast Producer at Horror News Radio
Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior.

Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.