New Poster for The First Purge Pulls No Punches
Arriving the same day as Donald Trump’s first State of the Union, the new poster for this summer’s The First Purge takes a swing at our current politics in a far more explicit way than it ever has before.
I joked at the last Purge movie that it was “Donald Trump the Movie.” That seems so quaint and funny a quip in the summer of 2016, but now maybe a little too on the dystopian nose.
Regardless, I look forward to this newest installment (as I have all of the last few Purge sequels) but wonder if it can somehow outcompete reality. I’m always curious about what Blumhouse will deliver to us when it comes to horror / genre films, especially after last year’s (now Oscar-nominated) Get Out.
So what’s it about? Well, it’s a prequel. But that’s not so terrible, especially considering the rather loose way the films have woven into one another. But this will tell us the story of the first purge, layered with lots of social commentary.
From the studio:
Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge.
To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.
Coming off the most successful film in the series, The Purge: Election Year, creator James DeMonaco (writer/director of The Purge, The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year) returns alongside the producers of this worldwide phenomenon: Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Insidious series, Get Out, Split), Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ouijaseries, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and DeMonaco’s longtime production partner, Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers).
The First Purge is directed by Gerard McMurray (Burning Sands), working from a screenplay once again written by DeMonaco. www.thefirstpurge.com