Welcome to another horror/thriller round-up. This time around, we have details on who will play Death-Head in Rob Zombie’s 31, an update on the Tomb Raider reboot, and a look at The Crest of Westwood's tribute schedule for the legendary samurai film director Akira Kurosawa.

Rob Zombie's 31: Via his Instagram account, Rob Zombie revealed that Torsten Voges will play the villain Death-Head in his upcoming Halloween-set film, 31. Voges, who previously had a role in The Lords of Salem, is the first announced cast member for 31, which is currently available to fanback. For those unfamiliar with the film, here's the synopsis from Zombie:

"Welcome to my next film. It is called 31. It is the story of five random people kidnapped on the five days leading up to Halloween and held hostage in a place called Murder World. While trapped inside this man-made Hell they must fight to survive playing the most violent game known to man... a game called 31.

31 has no rules. 31 has no boundaries. It is ever so simple. Do whatever you can do to kill your opponent before they kill you. Keep this up for 12 hours and freedom is yours.

Who are the opponents? Well... a group of vile, filthy, blood-thirsty clowns known as THE HEADS. They come in all shapes and sizes and each grows nastier than the last.

What kind of film is this you ask? It is a fast paced, mean dirty film for those who like it rough. Get ready for a sick piece of celluloid! This is some hardcore business for the blood-thirsty gore hounds."

Image courtesy of Rob Zombie's Instagram:

Tomb Raider Reboot: Deadline reports that Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman, G.I. Joe 3) will scribe the Tomb Raider reboot for MGM, with Warner Bros. also now backing the project.

Based on the video game franchise that launched in 1996, the 2001 and 2003 Tomb Raider films starred Angelina Jolie as adventurer Lara Croft. The reimagining of Tomb Raider will follow "a younger Lara Croft going on her first adventure." There's still no word on the reboot's cast and crew, but the project is now on the "fast track."

Akira Kurosawa Tribute: The Crest of Westwood theater in Los Angeles is celebrating the accomplished career of writer/director Akira Kurosawa with weekly Sunday night screenings of his renowned samurai films:

Press Release - "February 23, 2015, Los Angeles: The Crest of Westwood announces a month long birthday tribute to Akira Kurosawa as a part of their salute to foreign filmmakers.

The birthday homage to Akira Kurosawa includes one of his samurai classics screening every Sunday at 5PM. The schedule is as follows:

“Rashomon” – 1950 (1 hr. 28m)
Sunday, March 1, 2015 – 5:00 PM

“The Hidden Fortress” – 1958 (2 hr. 6m)
Sunday, March 8, 2015 – 5:00 PM

“HIGH and LOW” – 1963 (2 hr. 23m)
Sunday, March 15, 2015 – 5:00 PM

“Yojimbo” – 1961 (1 hr. 50m)
Sunday, March 22, 2015 – 5:00 PM

“Seven Samurai” – 1954 (3 hr. 27m)
Sunday, March 29, 2015 – 5:00 PM

In addition, The Crest has a full calendar of events from a tribute to movie bombshells with a screening of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” coupled with live burlesque by Pin Ups For Vets, March 7 to SOMI – live in concert, March 2. For the full schedule, check the website at Crestwestwood.com.

About The Crest: The Crest possesses a unique combination of historical charm and modern performance technology and capabilities. Built in 1940, the 460 seat theater houses a single movie screen with the ability to show 35 and 75mm films, a 4K digital projector, Dolby Digital sound, and an entertainment stage for live shows. In 2008, the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission voted unanimously to recommend the theater as a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument"

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