The Purge: Election Year marks the third installment in the titular social sci-fi/horror/thriller franchise that started with writer-director James DeMonaco’s first film in 2013. As viewers of the two preceding installments in the series likely know by now, the property’s central premise concerns a government sanctioned evening that takes place once a year on March 21st to the 22nd in a dystopian United States – wherein gross acts of violence, mayhem, and depravity may take place without the threat of legal repercussions to any parties involved.
Thus far, the Purge series has made grand statements regarding the central role of violence in social politics, and has become something of a success in the mainstream horror genre. Hence, DeMonaco is returning as writer/director for the third film in the series, which is due out this summer – as seen in the first official trailer, featured above.
In the footage featured above, distributor Universal Pictures teases a return to the kind of visceral havoc and social terror that has become a staple of the series thus far, with series regular Frank Grillo returning to reprise his role from The Purge: Anarchy. Beside Grillo, newcomer Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost) is set to star as a Senator of the totalitarian “The New Founding Fathers of America,” with a personal history of trauma and survival surrounding the government sanctioned event – as stipulated by the 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution – with a personal mission to repeal said law.
It should come as no surprise that her attempts to end The Purge don’t come easily, as the American populace in DeMonaco’s horror franchise have come to rely and depend on the event as a means for personal release and socio-economic stability. Produced by Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions, The Purge: Election Year could be another thrilling installment in the increasingly unsettling film series.
Even if you see The Purge as something of a one note production, viewers are likely to take notice when the latest installment sees theatrical release this July. Whether or not the third film will attract any new viewers to DeMonaco’s satiric vision of civic unrest in America remains to be seen, though the first trailer for the new movie looks to be another step up for the still young horror franchise.
The Purge: Election Year opens in U.S. theaters on July 1st, 2016.
Source: Universal Pictures