The First Purge

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2018 | R | Horror Thriller | 1hr, 52m

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 F... more

In Movie Theaters U.S.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

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On DVD & Blu-ray Estimated; not official

November 2018

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DIRECTOR

Gerard McMurray

Screenwriter

James DeMonaco

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Rating MPAA

R for strong disturbing violence throughout, pervasive language, some sexuality and drug use

Storylines 3 more

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.
verbatim plot from universalpictures.com

Trivia & Production Notes

  • Series creator James DeMonaco revealed some ideas on a new Purge film, saying: "I would actually go back and I would try to talk about how it all started. That seems the natural next chapter in this, is to say, 'Alright, we've done this trilogy. We see how it got to this point of someone trying to end it - this presidential figure. Now let's go back and see how the fuck all this came about.' How did this country get to a place where we were now accepting this kind of atrocity, this terrible thing, each year? I think there's something interesting in that. I don't think I'll direct. I'm thinking of maybe writing or at least producing it, to make sure it stays true to what I like about the movies." (CinemaBlend, 9/30/16)
Also Known As
  • Untitled Next Purge Chapter
  • The Purge 4

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