Director Everardo Gout On Powerful Latin Leads In The Forever Purge [Exclusive Interview]

The Forever Purge

This weekend Universal Pictures finally wraps up James DeMonaco’s Purge series with The Forever Purge. This is the fifth film in the franchise that first rang the alarm for the purge back in 2013 in The Purge. The sequel that followed was titled, The Purge Anarchy the following year. Then two years later in 2016 with The Purge: Election Year. The next film then took us back to the inception of the annual event in The First Purge in 2018. 

In The Forever Purge, we finally see the catastrophic results of what the government thought was helping America. The fact of the matter is that it was actually causing a greater divide. One that may even be able to threaten the United States government. The result was an unending campaign of relentless violence and death.

Sound familiar? Well, everything but the relentless killing. A divided nation, violence, and confrontation. Oh and that embarrassing moment that we lived through where one of the sides finally completely lost it and stormed the United States Capitol with a government that was unable to stop them. 

The Forever Purge is a microcosm of what we have been experiencing here at home. What is interesting is that this film was supposed to be released a year ago. Right in the middle of all of the confrontation, before the election, and before the events of early January. Yet DeMonaco’s script was able to capture what we would be going through. Now that is scary. Then he takes that story and tells it from the perspective of Latinos, which fits the narrative exceptionally well.

The Forever Purge

Here is the synopsis for The Forever Purge:

This summer, all the rules are broken as a sect of lawless marauders decides that the annual Purge does not stop at daybreak and instead should never end in The Forever Purge. 

Vaulting from the record-shattering success of 2018’s The First Purge, Blumhouse’s infamous terror franchise hurtles into innovative new territory as members of an underground movement, no longer satisfied with one annual night of anarchy and murder, decide to overtake America through an unending campaign of mayhem and massacre. No one is safe. 

Adela (Ana de la Reguera, Cowboys & Aliens) and her husband Juan (Tenoch Huerta, Days of Grace) live in Texas, where Juan is working as a ranch hand for the wealthy Tucker family. Juan impresses the Tucker patriarch, Caleb (Will Patton, Halloween), but  that fuels the jealous anger of Caleb’s son, Dylan (Josh Lucas, Ford v Ferrari). 

THE FOREVER PURGE, (aka THE PURGE 5), 2021. © Universal Pictures / courtesy Everett Collection

On the morning after The Purge, a masked gang of killers attacks the Tucker family—including Dylan’s wife (Cassidy Freeman, HBO’s The Righteous Gemstones), and his sister (Leven Rambin, The Hunger Games), forcing both families to band together and fight back as the country spirals into chaos and the United States begins to disintegrate around them. 


With the release of The Forever Purge this weekend, LRM Online’s Emmanuel Gomez had the privilege of talking with Everardo Gout. He is the director for The Forever Purge. During our conversation, we talked about DeMonaco’s work throughout the films. As well as the amazing job by Ana de la Reguera and Tenoch Huerta. Gout then tells us why he was motivated to direct this film. You can check it out below!

Universal Pictures’ The Forever Purge is now playing in theaters everywhere!

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