‘The Purge: Anarchy’ Trailer, Poster & Images: Stranded on Purge Night

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 7th, 2014 at 8:40 pm,

Writer/director James DeMonaco made a proper name for himself in Hollywood last year with The Purge, his low-cost (but very profitable) horror/thriller set in a dystopian future America where every year all crime is legalized for a 12 hour period – a means to stem the frequency of violence and law-breaking that occurs on the remaining 364 days of every year. The film was headlined Ethan Hawke (Sinister) and Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), with a narrative written by DeMonaco that was fairly standalone, with respect to how it examines its central “What if?” premise.

Of course, when a film grosses $89 million worldwide against a $3 million budget, it’s a fair bet that a sequel won’t be far behind. Sure enough, The Purge: Anarchy will arrive on the scene this June, almost exactly one year after its predecessor was unleashed.

Not everyone in The Purge was still alive and kicking by the conclusion, which is part of the reason why Anarchy centers around a different set of characters - ones that don’t have the comfort of an expensive home security system like Hawke and Headey’s characters did (common sense, on the other hand…). Instead, they must survive the Purge night in a city that devolves into a full-on war zone with limited sources of shelter available.

As you can see from the trailer above, Zach Gilford (Devil’s Due) and Kiele Sanchez (The Glades) play a young couple, who end up having Worst. Car Trouble. Ever on Purge night. Below, you can peruse through the first screen shots and official poster released for The Purge: Anarchy (which was once again directed by DeMonaco).



purge anarchy poster The Purge: Anarchy Trailer, Poster & Images: Stranded on Purge Night

Reactions to The Purge certainly vary; people seem to either find the speculative premise and moral/ethical questions it raises to be intriguing, or they’re too distracted by the derivative horror tropes (characters behaving dumbly, familiar scare setups, etc.) to care about the philosophical aspects of the storytelling. The sequel will move the action to a much bigger and potentially more fun playground, but whether or not the film will also be any scarier and/or smarter than its predecessor – that’s another matter.

Rounding out the Purge: Anarchy cast are character actors Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Michael Kenneth Williams (Boardwalk Empire), along with recognizable faces from recent TV series, such as Carmen Ejogo (Zero Hour) and Nicholas Gonzalez (Sleepy Hollow).


The Purge: Anarchy opens in theaters on June 20th, 2014.

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  1. Looking forward to this one.

  2. how in gods name did they make another one so fast? even a trailer

    • Thats what i was thinking. I feel like they rushed the sh*t out of it. They probably put together a paper thin plot of violence and mayhem revolving around these two unknown actors.

      • UNKNOWN ACTORS??? That’s Matt Saracen, State Championship winning quarterback for the Dillon High School Panthers!!

        Oh and that’s the girl from Lost season 3 that everyone hated so badly the writers had to kill her off with spiders.

      • Two unknown actors? Are you serious? first off the main Actress in the movie is really famous, been a guest spot in multiple shows, and had her own show as a supporting actress that ran nearly 6 seasons. Also, I too do think its been pushed to fast but that’s what happens when a small budgetary film sky rockets into mega millions such as this. Stop and think about the Iron Man series, Thor, Alien, Predator, Transporter, Death Race…IF THEY MAKE MONEY WHY STOP?
        Granted the trailer I too believe sprung up to fast, but I have always said its better to find TV actors/actresses than big Hollywood names, and my reason for that is simple but true….A Hollywood big name, comes in, does his lines, gets props for being the front runner, overshadows everyone else in the movie, and usually puts creative input into a project tending to weaken it. Whereas TV actors/actresses are more prepared to be under direction from someone else, the know emotions and reactions better, the can practice there lines in multiple different varients to see which fits best, and aren’t that well known so it clouds the idea of the film…I think this could be a “breakout” series that could continue such as Fast and Furious did (In no way am I comparing the too, other than that The Purge could adapt the 9 movie deal like F&F has.

  3. meh, looks ok. The first one was good. We’ll see. and Anarchy? really? that’s your subtitle? lol. what a waste.

    • What’s wrong with “Anarchy”? Seems suitable.

      • Anarchy: Noun a state of society without government or law.

        I think the problem people may have with the subtitle is despite the lack of law for the 12 hours of the Purge, there is still government and to an extent law. If the Purge runs from 7-7 if you kill somebody at 7:01 then you are in violation of the law. I understand what they’re going for, but there could have been a better subtitle.

  4. Filming began on January 1st. How is a trailer out this soon?

    • They apparently wrapped filming just a few days ago.


    • Movies like this tend to need a couple of weeks at most for pre-production and filming because they don’t have much need for huge set pieces or stunts that would cause some movies to last months in the filming stage.

    • Well, it is just a teaser.

  5. So far this movie has me interested. We shall see though

  6. This is more like what the first one should’ve been like. It was too big an idea to have it focused on one house. However, the first one was still well executed (haha! No pun intended), so I’m looking forward to this one.

  7. So original,car breaks down right before they get home lol.The first one was ok but could’ve been a whole lot better and this one so far doesn’t impress me the slightest.It seems this will be here awhile though and if you wanna see some mindless violence then this should rock your boat.

  8. The next one, if it gets made, should be from the POV of someone going out during the Purge and killing people. We don’t always need to see the “helpless victim overcome the odds and survive”. Why not just shows some psycho killing that do not make it inside in time or others that choose to stay out…

  9. I do think this looks better than the first one. That’s not necessarily saying much, but it is saying that if they decide to make this into a franchise, it looks like they’re at least starting to get the right idea. The first one wasn’t even that bad, it was just a wasted opportunity because it was too focused for such a broad concept. That’s why this one at least seems to be going in the right direction by taking things out into the streets.

  10. This is what the first one should have been total anarchy with people in the streets not a home evasion movie.

  11. The first movie…the concept was amazing. I was hoping for multiple sequels from the eyes of other people, they have such an awesome blank slate for world building…I personally think they should move away from the horror cliches though & go for violent sci fi. As long as the ideas stay fresh I dont see how a Purge anthology could go wrong.

  12. Instead of staying in the states and risk getting killed during the annual Purge, why don’t people just drive to Canada for the night, fly to Europe, etc?

    • Exactly. How do prisons or hospitals operate for those twelve hours? What happens if people decide to wreck government buildings, police stations, schools, shops, factories, businesses, power plants? What happens if they decide to burn an entire city to the ground? Who foots the bill for that in the morning? Who picks up the pieces, physically and mentally? How could any society possibly function for the other 364 1/2 days of the year as if nothing had happened, without becoming paranoid and psychotic?

      A ridiculous one-line premise written on the white parts of a beer coaster during a drunken night out. “Hey! What if there was, like, NO LAW for, like, TWELVE HOURS? Eh? Eh? I’m writing that one down – it’s pure gold. Think it through? Nah, we’ll be fine…”

  13. They should make a third film from the perspective of a man who is actually using the Purge to hunt and kill instead of from the victims perspective.