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The Forever Purge: Everything You Need to Know

11/19/2020 • 4 min read

Next summer, the fifth and possibly final film in THE PURGE series will be unleashed. THE FOREVER PURGE continues the series built around an irresistible concept: For one night every year, all crime, including murder, is legal.

That simple but gripping conceit powers one of the most robust and imaginative horror franchises of the modern era. THE PURGE has been a huge hit for Blumhouse and Universal, and we have seen how that violent night affects individuals and society as a whole, and even how it came to be. Now, THE FOREVER PURGE — aka THE PURGE 5 — gives creator James DeMonaco a chance to bring his disturbing tale to a close. Here's where the PURGE has been and where it might be heading.

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The Forever Purge Release Date

After a COVID-19 delay, THE FOREVER PURGE will be in theatres on July 9, 2021.

Is There a Forever Purge Trailer?

There's no trailer yet! As with many other sequels like this, fans have assembled footage from past movies to create their own trailers. None of the would-be FOREVER PURGE trailers online so far actually feature official footage, however. We'll have to wait a little longer to see more!

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The World of The Purge Has Grown Large

The first PURGE was a modest home invasion thriller starring Ethan Hawke as a man who builds the security systems that people use during the Purge, only to have his family come under attack. Scary, tense, and admirably low budget, it hinted at a larger world that has been explored in the subsequent films.

THE PURGE: ANARCHY and THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR both delve deeper into the Purge mythology and introduce a character that is the closest thing the franchise has come to a hero: Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo). THE PURGE: ANARCHY takes a look at the Purge in an urban setting and introduces the idea of a group of freedom fighters who violently oppose the Purge and the wealthy New Founding Fathers of America who back it. THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR showed what happens when an anti-Purge Presidential candidate comes under fire as the New Founding Fathers lifted the ban preventing elected officials from being targeted during the Purge.

For the fourth film, THE FIRST PURGE, the series went back in time to look at the inaugural Purge night and the systemic causes of the Purge. The fourth movie was the most successful yet. And in 2018, a PURGE television spin-off was introduced that focused on a collection of people as they go through the annual event. (A second season aired in 2019 that covered the after-effects of the Purge.) Clearly, fans are ready for more Purging.

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When and Where The Forever Purge Takes Place Are Unclear

As you can tell, the PURGE timeline has bounced back and forth between past and "present." We don't know when this new film takes place, much less what sort of ideas it will tackle. Trade reports say the story moves away from "its usual metropolitan setting" but we don't know if this is a rural Purge, or something else.

Originator James DeMonaco, who has written every entry in the franchise and wrote and directed the first three entries, also penned this new installment. Everardo Gout, who wrote and directed the thriller DAYS OF GRACE, directed this fifth film. At one point an idea was floated that the fifth film could be a heist movie set in the world of the Purge, but that idea has been somewhat appropriated by the television series.

So it’s unclear what the main narrative through-line for this fifth PURGE will be and, more importantly, when the fifth PURGE will be set or if any characters will be returning from earlier entries in the franchise.

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The Forever Purge Cast

Much of the cast of THE PURGE 5 is being kept under wraps, despite the fact that production wrapped in February 2020. We do know that Will Patton and Cassidy Freeman (seen above in "Longmire") play roles, as do Mexican actors Ana de la Reguera and Tenoch Huerta.

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The Forever Purge - Or The Final Purge?

While this movie franchise could seemingly go on forever, with a number of fascinating staple elements of this alternate future ripe for exploration, DeMonaco has stated this will probably be the final PURGE story.

“I think it’s a great way to end it all. We want to end it all, I think, in this one, and I’m very excited,” DeMonaco told Entertainment Weekly. “When I came up with the idea and pitched it to everybody, they seemed psyched, and I think it will be a really cool ending, how we take this one home.” In other words: this could be the end of the road for THE PURGE. Enjoy it while you can, one last time.


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