As if the political landscape couldn’t get any more terrifying, a follow-up to The Purge: Election Year has been announced for July 4, 2018.
While an official synopsis hasn’t been released, we can only assume that it will follow in the footsteps of the three previous movies in the series: set in a not-so-distant future America where all crime is legal for 12 hours for the annual Purge. As the previous movies have shown, 12 hours of complete freedom from the law leads to a lot of bloodshed and criminal offenses because, apparently, most humans lose all sense of morality when the prospect of consequence is taken out of the picture.
Election Year, which was non-coincidentally released on July 4, 2016, ended with U.S. Senator Charlie Roan being elected to the White House, and, with news of the latest installment, it’s a safe assumption that her promise to end the Purge wasn’t kept. With the release date for the newest movie, which still remains unnamed, set for Independence Day and just before the 2018 midterm elections -- and given the parallels between The Purge: Election Year and the political landscape at the time -- it’s not hard to imagine that this newest installment will be heavily influenced by the post-election era we are currently living in.
The Purge 4, which will be produced by Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes, the same team that produced the first three films, will see a new director taking the lead. While it isn’t known who will be filling that role, James DeMonaco, who directed The Purge, Anarchy, and Election Year, will return to write the script.
So gather your creepy masks -- or be one of the few who choose not to partake in the bloodshed -- and get ready to hear the official prayer of the Purge and of the New Founding Father. “Blessed be our New Founding Fathers for letting us Purge and cleanse our souls. Blessed be America, a nation reborn.”