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A hit in theaters, “The Purge: Anarchy” will now become a “Halloween Horror Nights” scarezone at both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort.
Film joins TV shows “The Walking Dead,” “From Dusk Till Dawn” and Syfy’s “Face Off” as other themed attractions at “Halloween Horror Nights,” that transforms Universal’s theme parks into a nightly scarefest.
“The Purge” scarezone will reimagine the film’s premise that revolves around all crime being legal one night a year, with the film themeing Universal Studios’ New York City backlot streets.
“‘Halloween Horror Nights’ is about taking guests out of their comfort zones and placing them at the core of unimaginable horror,” said John Murdy, Universal Studios Hollywood’s creative director for and executive producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.” “Because the premise of ‘The Purge’ could theoretically happen, our scare-zone elevates that sense of fear and forces you to really watch your back. »
- Marc Graser
Now playing in theaters is The Purge: Anarchy, James DeMonaco's ambitious follow up to last summer's surprise hit The Purge. For the sequel DeMonaco takes to the streets with more action, a bigger cast of characters, and a deeper exploration of the world established in the first film. As "Sergeant", the taciturn anti-hero, Frank Grillo is an old-school "man's man". A good guy with big guns, a cool car, and a bad agenda. See, while our other protagonists are stuck outside fighting for their lives, he's there on purpose. He's there to purge, to exact vengeance. But "Sergeant" is thrust into the role of reluctant hero when he stumbles across a group of innocent survivors and realizes that he can’t just stand by and let bad things happen to good people. The Purge: Anarchy also stars Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Zoe Soul and Michael K. Williams. »
- Haleigh Foutch
The Purge: Anarchy is kicking a respectable amount of ass at the box office with only some mighty Apes getting the better of it, and now this year's Halloween Horror Nights is ready to cause some anarchy of its own. Read on for details.
From the Press Release
As the gates to “Halloween Horror Nights” open, so too does the annual Purge begin at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort with the debut of a terrifying new scarezone, “The Purge: Anarchy,” inspired by Universal Pictures’ new thriller, which scored the highest opening for a horror film this year.
“The Purge: Anarchy” scarezone will greet guests with pure unadulterated fear, bringing to life the turmoil and pandemonium that awaits those vulnerable to masked vigilantes in search of new victims. Reimagining the movie’s premise that on one night every year, any and all crime is made legal, the scarezone will »
- Steve Barton
It’s fair to say that Frank Grillo’s career has taken something of an upward turn of late. The actor, now in his 50s, has been something of a grafter, a journeyman in a career that has lasted over twenty years already. However his recent, more dominant and crucial roles, in big movies as The Grey, End of Watch and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, signify a change in fortunes, and that much is evident with his latest project too, taking the starring role in James DeMonaco’s The Purge: Anarchy.
Grillo discusses what it was about this original concept that attracted him – speaking candidly about getting into the head of his character, and what he would do in a similar position. He also tells us about the benefits in playing such an elusive a role with so little dialogue, and also tells us as much as he can »
- Stefan Pape
Now in theaters is The Purge: Anarchy, James DeMonaco's ambitious follow up to last summer's surprise hit The Purge. For the sequel DeMonaco takes to the streets with more action, a bigger cast of characters, and a deeper exploration of the world established in the first film. In the film Zach Gilford stars as Shane, a middle class everyman stranded outside on Purge night with his wife (played by Gildford's real-life bride Kiele Sanchez). Their odds of surviving until morning look pretty grim until the couple joins forces with a mysterious, well-armed man (Frank Grillo) and a mother/daughter pair intent on survival (Carmen Ejogo and Zoe Soul). Together, the team struggles to evade the deadly forces all around them and find a place of sanctuary. At the recent La press day I joined a group of journalists to talk with Gilford about the film. He talked about producerJason Blum's method of filmmaking, »
- Haleigh Foutch
Now that you’ve seen The Purge: Anarchy (if you haven’t, minor spoilers will follow), it’s time to discuss where in the hell this crazy ride can go next. Honestly, the options are limitless – James DeMonaco has created a universe that can be revisited yearly, essentially becoming the next Saw franchise. This, of course, is music to the ears of producers, as The Purge was only created on a budget of $2.7 million – and Anarchy wasn’t that much more of a splurge. Imagine a yearly Purge visitation that only expanded a world full of anarchy, chaos, and destruction beyond our wildest dreams.
I’m sure some of you are skeptical, but I’m here to enlighten all those who believe The Purge couldn’t get any more insane. Having no lawful restrictions is only the beginning for this franchise, building a foundation for so many quirky, unique interpretations to stem from. »
- Matt Donato
As you may have seen, a news story coming out of Chicago made the rounds across the internet this past weekend, claiming that 112 people had been murdered by a group of teens whose killing spree was inspired by The Purge: Anarchy (review).
It's precisely those kinds of stories that give horror movies a bad name, but thankfully, this one wasn't legit.
The website Cream Bmp Daily reported on the story Friday, which was packed with alleged quotes from both civilians and police officers.
The mass killing was described as a re-enactment of The Purge: Anarchy, taking place shortly after the movie hit theaters on Friday night. The site reported that no arrests had been made and that police would be closely monitoring social media sites, waiting for the teenage killers to brag about their crimes.
Fortunately, the obviously fake story was shortly thereafter debunked by The Epoch Times, who revealed »
- John Squires
Now in theaters is The Purge: Anarchy, writer/director James DeMonaco's follow up to last summer's surprise hit The Purge, which presented a horrific dystopian vision of a near-future America. In 2022, under the guidance of the New Founding Fathers, every American is entitled to a yearly twelve-hour anything goes crime spree. It's an intriguing concept, rife with possibilities, and for the sequel DeMonaco expands on the most interesting ideas of the first film by leaving behind the relative safety of suburbia and focusing on class warfare in the blood-soaked streets of downtown Los Angeles. I recently jumped on the phone for an exclusive interview with producer Jason Blum. We talked about the endless possibilities of the film's concept, making the world (and production) bigger for the second film, casting Frank Grillo, and how cinema's rapidly evolving technological landscape is changing the way Blumhouse Productions makes films. We also had »
- Haleigh Foutch
2013 was a revitalizing year for horror films at the box office. The 1-2-3 combination of “The Purge,” “The Conjuring,” and “You're Next” wowed the industry from a commercial and critical (mostly) standpoint. “The Purge” was the dark horse of the trio, taking in critical bile, mine included, for unforgivably wasting the most interesting premise for any kind of film, forget just horror, that I've heard in years. Writer-director James DeMonaco took the idea of a government sanctioned 12 hour period where all crime is legal and stuck it in the middle of a boring home invasion movie where there's now an explainable reason for why no one bothers to call the cops. Thanks to its overwhelming »
- Dylan Green
James DeMonaco’s The Purge (2013) failed to live up to the intriguing premise of its trailer by penning cast and audience inside an exec home for the duration of the action. With Anarchy he has exercised his right to reply to critics and flung the drama into the wider world, with limited success. This Purge Night sees a brooding antihero and a straggling band of survivors stand in the empathetic corner ready to tug our heartstrings. While braying members of society’s upper echelons, a man with a very deadly van and a masked pack of biking wolves proffer opportunities to boo, hiss and ride out roller-coaster whooshes of adrenalin. Scatter shot with thrill kills.
- Emily Breen
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? United we purge. Now in theaters everywhere is James DeMonaco's sequel to last year's horror thriller The Purge, this one titled The Purge: Anarchy, starring Frank Grillo as Sergeant, with Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Zoë Soul, John Beasley, Jack Conley and Michael K. Williams. This time when the Annual Purge commences, five people on the streets of Los Angeles meet up as they attempt to survive the night where all crime is legal. Is it better or worse than the first one? How is the action? Once you've seen it, post a comment with thoughts on The Purge: Anarchy. Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, if possible. However, this »
- Alex Billington
Director/writer: James DeMonaco. Cast: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford and Kiele Sanchez. Director James DeMonaco returns to The Purge (2013) franchise with a chaotic sequel. The Purge: Anarchy is a very anti-American and anti-government film, which images what life would be like without the rule of law. The title's mention of anarchy is a misnomer as the government initiates and controls the violence, against citizens onscreen. Full of social commentaries on race, poverty and government corruption, there is a lot to unpack in this action oriented sequel. The story's setting is never revealed. But, the film looks very much like Los Angeles, where the film was shot. Here, 12 hours of lawlessness are provided by the government for the citizens. This purging of the sick, the homeless and the poverty-stricken is an attempt to cut through to the chaff. Meanwhile, government officials and the rich elite are running the show »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Recently, wegotthiscovered.com chatted up The Purge 2 Anarchy movie director, James DeMonaco, and from the sounds of it, he's totally ready to move forward with a 3rd installment should it get green lit by Universal Pictures. He hinted at some possible plotlines. One in particular, was around the whole Carmello thing and his big rebellion group. Right now, we can't actually confirm that a 3rd movie will take place, since there hasn't been an official announcement. As usual the box office revenue numbers for the 2nd installment, will determine if a 3rd one gets made. Also joining their conversation, was Carmello actor, Michael K. Williams. Michael talked about the possible Carmello storyline, saying: " Hopefully, that’s been the rumor mill, that there’s going to be a 3 and that Carmello is going to be at the helm. I think that’s a possibility, we’ll just have to wait and see. »
Universal Pictures released their new horror/thriller flick, "The Purge 2: Anarchy" into theaters this weekend, and all the top movie critics have turned in their reviews. It got a pretty mediocre/mixed response from them with an overall 49 score out of a possible 100 across 31 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Frank Grillo, Michael K. Williams, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, and Keith Stanfield. We've added blurbs from a few of the critics,below. Manohla Dargis from The New York Times, gave it a 70 grade, saying: "Kill or be killed isn’t the official tag line of The Purge: Anarchy, but it fits. It would also make a more suitable title for this satisfyingly creepy, blunt, down-and-dirty thriller, one of those follow-ups that improves on the original." Frank Scheck from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 70 score. He stated: "The Purge: Anarchy efficiently exploits its high-concept »
Humans don’t stand a chance going by this weekend’s box office as 20th Century Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes pulled a repeat at #1 with $36 million while James DeMonaco’s sequel to the 2013 surprise hit The Purge: Anarchy (Universal), starring Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Michael K. Williams and Zach Gilford, took…
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- Edward Douglas
We're halfway through one of the worst Julys in recent memory at the box office and the release of three new movies in wide release, including two sequels, wasn't enough to revive things as 20th Century Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes remained in first place for a second weekend in a row with $36 million. Faring the best of the new releases, James DeMonaco's violent sequel to the 2013 surprise hit The Purge: Anarchy (Universal), starring Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Michael K. Williams and Zach Gilford, opened with $28.3 million in 2,805 theaters, approximately $10 thousand per location. »
Say what you want about the Purge movies; that core concept is pure genius and rocks an enormous amount of franchise potential. However, oddly enough, when writer-director James DeMonaco delivered his first script, nobody was going for it – that is until Jason Blum came along and turned what DeMonaco once envisioned as a small $500,000 independent film into a wide release that scored $34.1 million opening weekend and earned a sequel. We saw what happened when a family is forced to participate in The Purge inside their very own home in the 2013 release and we get to experience what goes down on Purge night out in the city streets in The Purge: Anarchy, but what about the very first Purge ever? And how about the 10th? Is there a special anniversary event? We discuss the possibilities with DeMonaco in our The Purge: Anarchy interview after the jump. James DeMonaco: 00:00 – Studios »
- Perri Nemiroff
I must confess to not having seen The Purge until just this week, in order to prep for this latest installation, of what now appears to be a mini-franchise. The Purge: Anarchy and the original are marketed as horror films and rightfully so. However, they could just as well be termed science fiction as the future/alternate history element that both films rely on involve a fictional political event. That event being the rise of a political party called the New Founding Fathers whose rise to power is based upon the success of The Purge to the economy and stability of modern America. Unemployment drops dramatically. Crime is nearly eliminated. Except for the one night of the year. »
- Steven Gahm
Doubles down on the first film’s angry approach to class, inequality, and violence, and once again reflects an image of America that is ugly but only slightly distorted. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first film
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Last year, The Purge astonished me with one of the most daring speculative conceits to come out of a Hollywood studio in maybe forever, or certainly since the dystopic sci-fi of the 1970s. In a near-future America under what appears to be a religious dictatorship called the New Founding Fathers, all crime including murder is permitted — nay, encouraged — one night a year for a 12-hour period called the Purge. Vague religious justifications about “cleansing” smash up against the American “right” to be armed to the teeth and defend oneself against all threats, perceived or actual, with hints »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to last year's surprise hit The Purge, hits theaters nationwide today. This iteration brings a new cast, led by Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo and Zach Gilford, and James DeMonaco is back as writer-director. Photos 14 Horror Films Inspired by Real-Life Events Universal's sequel took in a solid $2.6 million at late shows Thursday and is expected to gross as much as $30 million during its opening weekend. Read what the critics are saying about The Purge: Anarchy: The Hollywood Reporter film critic Frank Scheck says in his review that it "efficiently exploits its high-concept premise while
- Ian Servantes
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