The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, watch every single kill from all six of the stupid, bloody Sharknado movies. Plus, watch a video essay examining whether The Purge movies qualify as propaganda, and see Bill Murray as Aquaman in a perfectly quirky trailer mash-up with the forthcoming DC Comics movie. Read More »
If there’s one thing The Purge movies have taught us, it’s that there’s no telling how someone will react when presented with criminal impunity. Throughout the films, we’ve seen everyone from the poor to the rich, the white to the black, grapple with the spaces they occupy in a capitalist and white supremacist society, and how that motivates them on the night of the Purge — when all crime, especially murder, is completely legal. But while the films have raised questions of morality in a lawless state, they don’t delve into each character’s story and the personal conflicts they’ve faced throughout this intentionally established dystopia.
That’s where the new TV adaptation comes in.
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I’m not one to champion a whole bunch of sequels, prequels, and spinoffs, but let me tell you something — when it was announced that there was going to be a TV adaptation of The Purge, I perked right up. I’m a fan of the film franchise — and its unflinching indictment of our real-life dystopia highlighting our history of violence and rage — and I was interested to see how creator James DeMonaco and producer Jason Blum would expand the story in an episodic format. After visiting their New Orleans set back in June, I can say that at this point I am truly invested.
Premiering September 4 on USA, The Purge will be a 10-episode series that follows several characters as they struggle to survive on the one night of the year when all crime — including murder — is completely legal. As the night wears on, each character is forced to reckon with their past and their own self-motivations as they determine just how far they’ll go to confront the horror around them.
The series, which revolves around the Purge’s standard 12-hour period, is written and executive produced by showrunner Thomas Kelly. Here’s everything we now know from the set visit.
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The Purge is coming to TV to deliver yet another night of lawlessness in America. Who will Purge, who will be Purged, and who will just say inside and binge-watch something else instead? The latest Purge TV series trailer is here, and…it looks like more of the same! If you like the film series, you’ll likely enjoy what this trailer is selling. Watch The Purge TV series trailer below.
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As America celebrates its best history over July 4th, the Purge movies propose its worst future. In the first three movies, The Purge is already an annual tradition, the one night a year where all crime is legal. This year’s The First Purge shows how it all began.
The First Purge took place on Staten Island as an experiment to see if this would satiate the public for the rest of the year. Caught up in the experiment are neighborhood drug dealer Dmitri (Y’Lan Noel), protestor Nya (Lex Scott Davis), her brother Isaiah (Joivan Wade) and the psychotic Skeletor (Rotimi Paul), some participants wearing camera lenses so the New Founding Fathers can record the purging.
The Purge creator James DeMonaco still scripted The First Purge but Gerard McMurray directed. The First Purge is his followup to the Sundance entry Burning Sands, about college hazing. McMurray spoke with /Film by phone this week. The First Purge is now in theaters.
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In this edition of sequel bits:
- Don’t expect to see Super Size Me 2 anytime soon (even though one of the film’s subjects would like you to).
- J.A. Bayona reveals why he dropped out of World War Z 2.
- Terry Crews says he won’t be in Expendables 4 due to threats from the film’s producer.
- Natalie Portman is down for a V for Vendetta sequel.
- Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy announce It Chapter 2 production.
- A new poster for The First Purge.
- The Sicario 2 director reveals why he didn’t consult with Sicario director Denis Villeneuve.
- Jon Kasdan confirms he’s writing Indiana Jones 5.
- Platinum Dunes insists they want to make more Friday the 13th films.
- Jumanji 3 will probably begin filming next year.
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The Purge movies are the unruly branch on the otherwise upright “social horror” filmic family tree. Exploitation movies to their very core, with each installment the futuristic franchise (that’s built on the idea that, for one night in America, all crime is legal) has widened in scope, beginning with a home invasion on the titular devil’s evening (The Purge), then taking us to the city streets amidst government sanctioned chaos (Anarchy), and finally letting us see the corrupt political mechanisms (Election Year) that believe it will be psychologically beneficial for the citizens who participate, but even more lucrative for the companies who try and exploit it for financial gain (insurance, medical, etc.).
It’s an angry, ever-expanding pulp treatise on the crass customs of class and capitalism – “Wokesploitation” that beats you over the head with its sociological messaging without a hint of subtlety, and one of this writer’s absolute favorite running series in modern schlock.
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The greatest trick The Purge (2013) ever pulled was convincing us at first that it is your run-of-the-mill home invasion thriller, directing us to think that the protagonists are the typical wealthy white family in the suburbs and the villains are the hoodlums in the streets who’ve waited all year to terrorize them without consequences. Sure, there is a moment early in the film which establishes that the Sandin family — led by mom Mary (Lena Headey) and dad James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) — may not be the most liked in the neighborhood, but we’re generally still supposed to root for them. Especially when on the night of the annual Purge, when all crime is legal for 12 hours, they intentionally choose not to participate.
But as the movie progresses, we learn that things are not so black and white — at least not when it comes to the morality of our protagonists versus that of the street thugs. Because the annual Purge — a law established by the nation’s political New Founding Fathers (NFFA) in efforts to dissolve crime by murdering the poor and weak and elevating the rich, privileged, and usually white — has allowed the affluent Sandins the choice to simply lock up their home with the most expensive security system around and remain oblivious to the terror outside. As James even says early in the film, if their family was still poor, they’d definitely participate “because it does work.”
That’s what’s so great about The Purge; it challenges our perceptions of right and wrong and how that’s impacted by a broken yet highly functional society — one not unlike our own.
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Today we celebrate everything American, so the folks behind Honest Trailers turned the spotlight on the most American film franchise there is: The Purge.
What could be more American than a movie that condemns senseless violence while also glorifying stylized senseless violence, all in a world full of strife and corporate greed? The Purge does away with all that pesky social commentary veiled with metaphors and just lays it all out on the table. Thankfully, The Purge Honest Trailer is here to remind us all just how on the nose this franchise has always been. Read More »
For the fourth entry in the ongoing The Purge horror franchise, Universal Pictures is taking us back to the very beginning to show how all crime became legal in the United States for one night every year. Check out The First Purge featurette below, which also doubles as a warning for the audience to make sure this doesn’t happen in the real world.
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