In true Blumhouse fashion, over the past three years moviegoers have witnessed The Purge evolve from a low-budget horror flick into a dark, brooding and bat-shit insane franchise – and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Next in line to emerge from the studio’s bustling slate is The Purge: Election Year, an appropriately apocalyptic threequel that has neatly aligned itself to release alongside America’s Independence Day weekend.
That said, the scenario in The Purge: Election Year couldn’t be further from annual celebrations of liberation. Retaining the core premise from its relatively successful predecessors, James DeMonaco’s ultra-violent sequel imagines a world where all crime is made legal for a 12-hour period, heralding the annual Purge.
Thrust into the center of a brutal fight for survival is Elizabeth Mitchell’s endangered Senator, who originally campaigned to bring about the end of the Purge before that dreaded siren began to sound across the streets of Washington D.C. Now, it’s up to Frank Grillo’s hardboiled Leo Barnes to ensure both his and Mitchell’s safety as the politician’s sworn head of security.
The Purge: Election Year will unleash anarchy once more when Blumhouse’s threequel arrives on July 1. Edwin Hodge, Betty Gabriel, JJ Soria and Mykelti Williamson also star.
Expanding the universe introduced in the hit franchise that electrified the culture and earned $200 million at the worldwide box office, Universal Pictures’ The Purge: Election Year reveals the next terrifying chapter that occurs over 12 hours of annual lawlessness sanctioned by the New Founders of America to keep this country great.
It’s been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn…or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state.