Underneath the gruesomeness of The Purge lies an underlining message about class, race, and status. The rich could afford the protections needed to survive an entire night’s worth of committing crimes without having to worry about the law, while the lower class has to fend for themselves. It was definitely one of the more unconventional horrors. With Blumhouse’s reputation for low-budget films, the success of it helped turn that Purge into a full-blown trilogy.
However, we never really saw how the Purge came to be. We just knew that it was created in order to lower crime. Now the series will explore the original purge in a film appropriately titled The First Purge. And based on the newly released teaser video and poster, you know it’s going to make waves. Check it out below.
So as you can see in the teaser and poster, which appeared first on Universal’s horror account, The First Purge title is embroidered onto a red cap. The text and color of the red cap are reminiscent of Donald Trump’s red cap, which has “Make America Great Again” written on it. I guess Universal Pictures could not have released these promos at a more perfect time, with the State of the Union Address tonight. The time of the film’s release also seems pretty appropriate considering it’s on July 4, 2018.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge. To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.
The First Purge stars Y’Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez,, and Marisa Tomei.
Gerard McMurray steps in to direct The First Purge, taking James DeMonaco‘s place after he directed the first three. However, DeMonaco still wrote the script.
[Source: Universal Horror Twitter]