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The chiller “The Purge: Anarchy” has taken in a cool $100 million at the worldwide box office — not bad for a movie that cost $9 million to make. In terms of bang for the buck, it's one of summer's biggest scores. James DeMonaco wrote and directed the sequel, and produced with Blumhouse Productions, Sebastien Lemercier and Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes. It was part of low-budget horror king Jason Blum‘s new 10-year deal at Universal Pictures. It makes a nice bookend to the summer for the studio, which had another low budget-high return hit in early May with the R-rated Seth. »
- Todd Cunningham
Stars: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Zoë Soul, Justina Machado, John Beasley, Jack Conley, Noel Gugliemi, Castulo Guerra, Michael K. Williams, Edwin Hodge, Keith Stanfield, Roberta Valderrama, Niko Nicotera | Written and Directed by James DeMonaco
Written and directed by James DeMonaco, who wrote and directed the first film, The Purge: Anarchy takes the concept that was born in the 2012 Ethan Hawke fronted movie and turns it on its head, changing its style and putting us in the thick of the action, on the streets of a city in the midst of the annual purge.
The Purge, as a concept, is that once a year, the United States government sanctions one night in which all crime is legal, most weapons are allowed, and people can “cleanse” themselves of feelings of anger, hatred and other negative stuff. In other words, you or I could, in this universe, go to »
- Chris Cummings
After watching The Purge: Anarchy last week, I knew that I wanted to write something about the film and its commentary on today’s society. I knew that to properly explain myself, I should probably re-watch the film now that I knew what was going to happen and could really zone my focus in on the social situations. About halfway through the Ouija trailer, an older white couple sat in the row behind me, a few seats to my right. Now that I didn’t have the theatre to myself, I was polite and put away my cell phone (I was going to take notes since I was alone) before the start of the film. I like to think that I’m a rather easy-going theatregoer. If people audibly respond to what’s happening on screen, I can easily tune it out and focus on the film at hand. However, »
- BJ Colangelo
The Purge: Anarchy is that rare beast - a sequel infinitely better than its predecessor. Whereas last year's original squandered the fascinating premise of a 12-hour annual period when murder is legal by turning it into generic 'home invasion' tripe, this gripping but stylistically flawed follow-up explores the fabric of this twisted society with an array of intriguing characters and scenarios.
The story has echoes of George Romero's classic zombie movies as a group of strangers band together on the streets of Los Angeles amidst the blood-curdling horrors of the Annual Purge. Young couple Shane (Zach Gilford) and Liz (Kiele Sanchez) are stranded after their car is damaged, mother Eva (Carmen Ejogo) and daughter Cali (Zoë Soul) are hounded out of their apartment, while lone wolf Leo (Frank Grillo) is »
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)
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 be inhabited by average citizens transformed into sadistic felons during this period of government-sanctioned lawlessness. Like civilians in the movie fighting to survive, guests will be at the mercy of cunning wit, luck and speed as they attempt to outsmart and outlive the anarchy brought about by those »
To celebrate the release of The Purge: Anarchy, on 25th July, we’re giving one lucky reader the chance to win a signed poster by the film’s producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity Franchise, The Purge) and a merchandise goody bag!
On one night, every year, all crime is legal – The anticipated sequel to the 2013 hit The Purge, The Purge: Anarchy follows an unlikely group of five citizens who, over the course of the night, find out just how far they will go to protect themselves and, ultimately, each other, as they fight to survive a night fraught with impossible decisions.
Returning alongside writer/director/producer James DeMonaco to produce the next chapter of the thriller are Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series), alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay (Pain & Gain, Transformers franchise), Brad Fuller (The Amityville Horror, »
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
Although he's been a successful Hollywood movie producer since the mid-90s, it was the gigantic, unexpected popularity of Paranormal Activity which brought Jason Blum and his production company Blumhouse Productions to the world's attention. Since that film landed in 2007, his company's been responsible for a range of low-budget yet often very effective genre films, ranging from Insidious in 2010, via Barry Levinson's The Bay in 2012, to alien invasion flick Dark Skies in 2013.
Last year also saw the release of another surprise hit for Blumhouse: The Purge, a lean, flawed mix of sci-fi, horror and home invasion thriller directed by James DeMonaco. The sequel, The Purge: Anarchy, is out this week, and it's a successful expansion of the first film's premise, as its futuristic violence spills out »
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
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. »
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