The untold truth of The Purge
James DeMonaco's The Purge has evolved from low-budget home invasion horror to a politically charged survival franchise over the course of three feature films, thanks in no small part to the writer/director's fruitful partnership with producer Jason Blum and his Blumhouse imprint, with whose backing DeMonaco was able to create a convincing vision of his dystopian hellscape on a modest budget. The Purge only hit cinemas as recently as 2013, but the impact of that film and subsequent sequels The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year has seen the concept of the Purge find a place in popular culture, parodied and referenced across different mediums and understood as a term that means lawless carnage. Where did DeMonaco's idea of a mass culling come from—and, perhaps more importantly for fans of the franchise, where is the series going? From its roots in modern day violence to its brush with real-life politics, this is the untold truth of The Purge.