– by Joseph Jammer Medina

THE PURGE is one of those franchises that manages to rest heavily on its amazing premise. The first two films weren’t great in execution, but where they failed in execution, they certainly have made up for in world building. Simply put, a dystopian world as shown in these films is infinitely intriguing, and as such, I find myself coming back to these films more excited than the last, despite being underwhelmed each time.

This year’s THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR continues with the mythology established in THE PURGE: ANARCHY, following a senator whose goal it is to get rid of the Purge altogether. Needless to say, this puts quite a target on her back come Purge night.

The first trailer was very story-centric, but this time around, it looks like the studio has opted to focus on the creepy atmosphere and violent set pieces.

Check out the new trailer and images below!

“Expanding the universe introduced in the hit franchise that electrified the culture and earned $200 million at the worldwide box office, Universal Pictures’ THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR reveals the next terrifying chapter that occurs over 12 hours of annual lawlessness sanctioned by the New Founders of America to keep this country great.
It’s been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night.  Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent.  But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn…or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state.
Once again returning to collaborate with franchise creator James DeMonaco on The Purge: Election Year are the series’ producers: Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (INSIDIOUS AND OUIJA series, THE VISIT), Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and OUIJA series, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE), and writer/director DeMonaco’s longtime production partner, Sébastien K. Lemercier (ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, FOUR LOVERS).”

THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR hits theaters on July 1, 2016.

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SOURCE: Universal

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.