Those bastards at Blumhouse Productions did it again. We’re knee-deep in the presidential primaries, and Universal has just dropped the first trailer for James DeMonaco’s long-awaited Purge sequel, The Purge 3: Election Year. More importantly, Frank Grillo is back as Sergeant, the guy who single-handedly made Anarchy the cinematic treasure that it is. But there’s a lot more at stake this time around.
Election Year continues DeMonaco’s annual tradition of blending gruesome horror with political satire. And its plot reads like a twisted take on much of the discussion being held throughout this year’s election process: The Haves and the Have Nots, and how a political system can greatly boost the former, while causing total and irrevocable damage to the latter. Election Year centers around Elizabeth Mitchell as Senator Charlie Roan and presidential hopeful (a.k.a the horror world’s Bernie Sanders), who vows to eradicate a tradition that favors the rich and destroys the poor. With the political elite out to ruin her campaign (and kill her dead), Senator Roan must survive the annual ritual or die fighting a corrupt political system.
The first trailer drips with patriotic themes and imagery. We can expect those participating in the event to dress in appropriately twisted attire, ranging from bloody Statue of Liberty masks to blood-soaked American colors. By now, you either love or hate The Purge franchise. Fans of Blumhouse will be pleased at Election Year‘s direction and the utter brilliance of its timely release.
Read the plot in its entirety down below and behold the first trailer for The Purge: Election Year up top.
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.
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