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The Purge 3: Election Year (2016)

Credit: Blumhouse Productions & Universal Pictures

Written by J. Johnson

This summer comes the third installment in the titular social sci/horror/thriller franchise that started with writer-director James DeMonaco’s first film in 2013. The two preceding installments in the series likely known by now, the central premise concerns a government sanctioned evening that takes places on March 21st to the 22nd in the dystopian United States. It displays some of the gross acts of violence, mayhem, and depravity may take place without the threat of legal repercussions to any parties involved.

With the success of the Purge series in the mainstream horror genre, DeMonaco is returning as writer/director for the third film in the series. It made a grand statement regarding the role of violence in social politics.

Depicted in the teaser, you can see the film has returned to the kind of visceral havoc and social terror that become a staple of the series. Set 15 years after ‘The Purge: Anarchy”, Frank Grillo returns to reprise his role along with newcomer Elizabeth Mitchel (Lost) as a Senator of the totalitarian “The New Founding Fathers of America”, with a personal history of trauma and survival surrounding the government sanctioned the event. It’s become her mission to personally repeal the  28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Here’s the 1st poster:

Credit: Blumhouse Productions

Credit: Blumhouse Productions & Universal Pictures

Even with many sharing her views to eradicate the 28th amendment, it comes to no surprise that her attempts won’t come easy. The American populace in DeMonaco’s horror franchise has come to rely and depend on the event as a means for personal release and socio-economic stability.

Viewers are likely to take notice with this release being another thrilling installment in the increasingly unsettling film series this July. It remains to be seen if this installment will attract new viewers, but the first trailer for the new movie looks to be another step up for the still young horror franchise.

The Purge: Election Year opens in theaters on July 1st , 2016

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