The Purge is indeed an American anthology media franchise centred on such a series of dystopian action horror movies written and directed by James DeMonaco, who been inspired by such a Star Trek: The Original Series episode, “The Return of the Archons,” as well as distributed by Universal Pictures and produced by Blumhouse Productions and Platinum Dunes. Inside the near future, the movies depict a seemingly typical, crime-free America. However, the fact is that even the country is indeed a dystopia where all crime, particularly murder, is decriminalised for just a 12-hour period on such an annual national festival known as “the Purge.”
Released in 2013 and also was helmed by DeMonaco, who really helmed two sequels as well as created the screenplays for all the films in the series. The Forever Purge, the fifth instalment, was published on July 2, 2021. The franchise has also inspired a twenty-episode television series, that started on September 4, 2018, as well as ended on December 17, 2019; DeMonaco authored the pilot episode.
The franchise garnered mixed reviews from critics, with acclaim for such premise, acting, aesthetic, and action sequences, however criticism for the screenplay and clichéd plots. Despite a total production budget of $53 million, the franchise has made over $450 million.
The Purge (2013)
Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge, Rhys Wakefield, Tony Oller, and Arija Bareikis feature inside the film The Purge.
The movie follows the story of a rich family that made their fortune by selling security devices to be used during the yearly purge.
Despite unfavourable reviews, the picture made $89.3 million throughout its run, exceeding its $3 million budget by a large margin. Due to its popularity, the film was transformed into a fright zone for Universal Parks & Resorts’ annual Halloween Horror Nights in 2014.
The Purge (2014)
Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Zo Soul, and Michael K. Williams feature in The Purge: Anarchy, which was released globally on July 18, 2014. Edwin Hodge reprises his role as “The Stranger” from the very first film.
However, unlike the previous Purge picture, which had been set exclusively in one house as during carnage, Anarchy accompanies a waitress as well as her kid as they travel to Los Angeles during the yearly purge, finally encountering an anti-purge gang that provides them protection.