‘The Purge: Anarchy’ TV Trailer: No Heroes Allowed on Purge Night

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Last year’s The Purge birthed yet another profitable low-cost horror/thriller franchise from Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity, Insidious), though it also wound up disappointing many a moviegoer, who thought that the film’s dystopian concept – a world where, once a year, all crime (including murder) is legal for a night – was wasted on a stock home invasion narrative. With the first installment under his belt, however, writer/director James DeMonaco thought bigger for the sequel, The Purge: Anarchy.

Anarchy, for those just tuning in, expands the playing (read: killing) field to an entire city, wherein a handful of decent people – “decent” here meaning “not interested in murdering anyone just because it’s legal” – end up pooling together, in a group effort to stay alive while psychopaths in freaky masks and/or creepy face paint, wreak havoc in the streets. Leading the non-crazies is one fellow played by Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), who begins the night looking to deal out some vigilante justice, but winds up playing the hero instead.

Bad idea, as the the newly-releaed extended TV spot for Purge: Anarchy makes clear – Purge night is the one time where everyone’s not supposed to do the right thing. Sooner than later, Grillo and his comrades find themselves climbing through one nasty situation after another, which includes a pit stop at an auction where wealthy, deranged, guests bid on people - in order to have them participate in what appears to be some Hostel-esque sick form of entertainment.

The Purge 2 Anarchy The Purge: Anarchy TV Trailer: No Heroes Allowed on Purge Night

Purge: Anarchy has more than a couple of the qualities that are typically associated with a direct-to-video low-grade horror sequel (see: no-name supporting cast, etc.); at the same time, though, it appears to boast more confident direction and stylistic flourishes by DeMonaco – now that he’s gained a bit more experience, working in the field. That said, it also looks to be heavier on the horrific violence than full-fledged scares – and of late, it seems as though horror fans’ preferences have shifted back to more atmospheric, creepy fare (see: Sinister, The Conjuring, etc.).

So, the question is – is the Purge brand alone strong enough to draw a sizable crowd? The film should make it out of the red cost-wise, since its budget presumably isn’t that much larger (if at all) than the original’s $3 million price tag; whether it will do overall well enough to justify The Purge 3 being made, is another matter.

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The Purge: Anarchy opens in U.S. theaters on July 18th, 2014.

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  1. I am genuinely baffled as to how The Purge got made, much less got a sequel.

    • Perhaps we pick a day to purge creators who make this stuff? LOL

  2. This looks awesome

  3. This looks terrible.

    People should feel bad for wanting to watch it and whoever wrote it should feel bad for being part of its very existence. I wouldn’t mind if it looked like anything other than a bland, generic concept wrapped around an excuse to show violence for the sake of it.

    Films like this are pretty much just watered down versions of the old splatter films with endless killing and no real point to them but at least those splatter films looked half decent. They could’ve used it to try and make a satirical statement about today’s society grabbing their phones and filming extreme violence instead of trying to stop it but nope, lets just make something that appeals to the single IQ dunderheads that will inevitably make this film as successful as the first one because they chose to watch this and big budget yawn-em-ups like Transformers instead of films that really have a message or a genuine desire to please the people who want to see quality films made and released.

    I’m genuinely disappointed that my generation has turned the horror genre into a dull minefield of terrible “violence for the sake of it” films like this and the Hostel series and dull, not-scary-whatsoever insomnia cures like The Conjuring and Paranormal Activity.

    • You are one sanctimonious pompous windbag dude.

      • well he is a Brit so….

        • ^^^^ these 2 replies…lol +1000

      • truest comment. i sincerely dislike dazz, as he comes off as egregiously pretentious in all his posts.

        • The messed up part about it all is that I actually like quite a bit of the same stuff he likes for movies and tv, but his pompous attitude and his troll-like comments really turn me off. And he calls himself a writer?!

  4. I thought the first purge was actually quite good and creative. I am extremely picky about movies too…

    I look forward to this one, they could go an Escape from NY kind of theme and it will rock

    • I’m with you on that. I watched the first Purge cause of Ethan Hawke. I was really surprised at how good it was. this was the first suspenseful movie i had seen in quite a while.

  5. The first one trailers tricked me into thinking it was an all out anarchy movie in the streets with crazy people,but instead turned into a bland home invasion movie. Now the sequel looks to be what the first film should have been… cant wait.

  6. “This is me at my most sadistic-and truthful.”

  7. I saw Purge: Anarchy (a preview) and it was GREAT! WOW! Loved it. This movie has it all. Great characters, great story line, lots of action, lots of edge of your seat, can be creepy, thought provoking, This is a really good movie, well done!

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