Anyone who has seen Rob Zombie's horror films knows that they are more on the gory side. Along with an abundance of gore and violence, we are always treated to nudity, sexuality, and foul language. Previously all of Zombie's film efforts have been slapped with R-ratings and definitely deserved them. His upcoming film, 31, has apparently upped the ante as it's received an NC-17 rating by the MPAA not once, but twice.
After submitting the film to the MPAA twice, Zombie is now trying to re-edit the film to attempt an R-rating so it can be widely released in theaters. Having an NC-17 isn't necessarily all bad as far as the horror aspect goes, but it does hurt your box office potential because most theaters won't screen anything above an R-rating. We will see if the third time is a charm for Zombie, but if the MPAA didn't cut him a break for the first two screenings I highly doubt they will give him an R-rating now. He might just have to do a direct to DVD release for this one. That is unless he wants to compromise his entire film just to get a rating.
31 received an NC-17 for "sadistic graphic violence, bizarre sexuality/nudity, pervasive disturbing images, and strong language." The Halloween-themed film stars familiar Zombie film faces such as Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon-Zombie, and Malcolm McDowell. Also on the cast list are Jeff Daniel Phillips, Meg Foster, Richard Brake, and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs.