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Watch The Trailer For Creepy New Home Invasion Horror The Purge

The Purge
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First to the plate is the new trailer for The Purge, a new horror film from the producers of Paranormal Activity and Sinister. The Purge is written and directed by James DeMonaco (he wrote Robin Williams vehicle Jack and the remake of Assault On Precinct 13) and stars Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey. Take a gander at the synopsis and trailer and we’ll see you after!

Given the country’s overcrowded prisons, the U.S. government begins to allow 12-hour periods of time in which all illegal activity is legal. During one of these free-for-alls, a family must protect themselves from a home invasion.

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The Anthropophagist writer banner
This is an absolutely ridiculous idea and I suspect I’ll have to see how it turns out. The oh-shit-line of “Crime Is Legal” is awesomely preposterous. If crime is legal, then how is it still cri – oh, never mind; I just want to see creepy masked people break into Ethan Hawke’s house and get all stabby.

Seriously though, this looks like a fun little flick. I hope it’s gory and not strangely bloodless like so many modern movies in this vein. At this point, I think I might just get excited for any thriller/horror/sci-fi that isn’t a remake/prequel/requel or based on a board game/old TV show/children’s toy.

With these producers, I think we should be expecting slick looks and creepy atmosphere over any real substance. I’m banking on it being a popcorn flick – with any luck, it’ll be a good one – but I don’t expect to be talking about it in five years. Or months. Still, it could be fun.

It looked good when it started with one of my favourite pieces of music of all time but, ignoring that, the concept seems fun. Hard to say whether or not it will really work though as the concept, though interesting, isn’t exactly all that believable and it may break the immersion somewhat.

Quigs Author banner
I have to admit that I’m pretty impressed by this trailer. I love the concept, and the antagonists of the piece look suitably creepy. Hawke and Headey are two strong actors and I’m sure they’ll carry this movie well, though I’m not sure about their kid. It’s like a cool science fiction inspired version of Them (2005), which I can dig because Them is one of the best home invasion films ever made.
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Professor D. Grover the XIIIth
This certainly looks like it could be good. The concept sounds familiar to me for some reason, but it looks like it could be good for some scares, and it’s more than just a remake of something else. Thumbs up for some semblance of originality, even if it reminds me a bit of… whatever that movie was from a few years back with the three masked people breaking into someone’s house. I can’t remember what it was called.

I certainly like the concept, and it seems as if the movie could dually be interpreted as a larger social commentary, and a popcorn flick. The fact that it is being produced by the creators of Paranormal Activity and Sinister is a little disheartening. And coming in, I sort of know what to expect. I don’t know, With a cool concept like “The purge” I was hoping for a broader focus i.e. community, state, nation. Not just the perspective of one rich white family. It would be cool to see how one neighbourhood reacts.

I started off not being really into the concept, but as the trailer progressed I got into the idea. I’m always fascinated by portrayals of surveillance, especially when they are explicitly related to race (ideas this trailer clearly plays with…white family with a teenage daughter invaded by a black man, who may or may not be a threat, sexual or otherwise…oldest racial and gendered politics and media representation in US history). Ethan Hawke never does it for me as a leading man, but I would definitely give this a shot if I was in the movie going mood.

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I’m slightly skeptical of the attempt at complete utopia that the trailer paints out in the beginning, and I am somewhat hoping that the grander societal background (no crime, I mean really? Humans be humans, after all) is not completely left to the sideline when the bloodbath starts. Otherwise it just looks like a flimsy excuse to break into someone’s house with creepy masks. I’ll give this a watch, certainly, but I’m not holding my breath that it’s going to be a movie to provoke critical thought.

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