Marking the third instalment in The Purge franchise, Election Year sees Frank Grillo return for another 24 hours of non-stop survival-horror action. Taking a much more political approach to the events of The Purge, hopefully this third strike will finally realize the potential of this great premise. Hit the jump for your first look at The Purge: Election Year!
Writer/director James DeMonaco returns for the third time to bring his realistic take on a world gone mad to the big screen. If you’re a fan of the franchise, you’ll know that the series revolves around a government sanctioned night of no-rules. Anything that would be considered a crime is legal for 24 hours, including murder. People have accepted this as a part of their normal lives, using the Purge to release bottled up urges and to realize their darkest fantasies.
While not critical darlings, The Purge has found commercial success in the horror genre. The major critique most often thrown the way of the films is it’s lack of scope and it’s potential to speak on themes much grander than you typical hack and slash film. The Purge: Anarchy went a long way in remedying these issues, but there is still plenty of room for improvement. Cue Election Year. From the above trailer, the politics behind The Purge seem to be a major point of focus. Looking to answer the lingering questions of why Purging is so popular and what it would take to abolish such a respected holiday, those deeper implications may finally make their way to the surface.
Aside from the new approach to the story telling, Election Year will very much continue the trend of chaotic, kinetic, over the top violence and those unnerving masks (they are by far the most terrifying aspect of these films).
The Purge: Election Year opens in theaters on July 1st, 2016.
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