In recent years, studios have loaded up their summer release schedules with a wide range of horror films. This was never more apparent than in 2016 when Lights Out, Don’t Breathe, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Purge: Election Year, and the Conjuring 2 made large sums of cash (for the most part on austere budgets) and helped to shore up an otherwise lackluster summer for movies. 2017’s list of summer horror films were not as notable, with the two exceptions being the surprise hit 47 Meters Down and the prequel Annabelle Creation.
Another year, another Purge film. Today Universal released the official trailer for their upcoming film The First Purge. This prequel shows the birth of the very first “official Purge” as the government tests a new sociological theory that allows citizens to vent their frustration and aggression in one secluded community for one night only.
The trailer is what horror fans have come to expect from the bloody franchise. For two minutes and thirty seconds, we are plunged into a world where everyday citizens must fight for survival against ruthless killers, hellbent on chaos and destruction. The scene is not an unfamiliar one for franchise enthusiasts. This time around the film stars Marisa Tomei, Mo McRae, Patch Darragh, Steve Harris, Lex Scott Davis, Jermel Howard, Melonie Diaz, Luna Loren Velez, Joivan Wade, and Y’lan Noel. read more
Yesterday saw the release of a new trailer for Blumhouse’s The First Purge, the fourth in the highly successful Purge franchise. The first film was released in 2013 and grossed over $89 million versus its $3million budget. DeMonaco once again has penned the script, with Gerard McMurray taking over directing duties. While the Purge movies have always been sort of been a juxtaposition of the comfortably numb suburban life with the violence and grittiness of the “annual purge,” this installment hints at taking a more potent social commentary. read more