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‘Purge: The Island’ Heads to Brooklyn for the First Ever “Purge”

‘Purge: The Island’ Heads to Brooklyn for the First Ever “Purge”

One of my biggest issues with the Purge franchise is I don’t understand why people don’t leave the country, or at least try to over the course of the 364 days that aren’t the Purge. While this may never be resolved in future sequels, the forthcoming prequel will stage this using money.

While the previous three films were shrouded in secrecy, series creator James DeMonaco has not only confirmed Purge: The Island as the title of the prequel, but also that it will take viewers back to the very first Purge!

Set on Staten Island, the film will demonstrate how the New Founding Fathers’s batshit crazy plan to rescue a dying economy turned into a national holiday in which all crime — including rape and murder — is legal for one whole night each year. He tells Vulture:

“I said it’s the first experimental Purge, which I don’t know if I was supposed to say, but now I’ve said it, so you have it,” laughed DeMonaco. “Next July 4, it’ll be coming.”

DeMonaco knew that the idea of people sticking around their neighborhood for a Purge beta-test event isolated in a single New York City borough was a big plot leap, so it came down to providing cash incentives for anyone willing to participate.

“I was wondering how you get people to stay for the first Purge, and what they do is they start monetizing it,” said DeMonaco.

“People from Staten Island can easily go to Brooklyn for the evening, so what they do is start promising very decent sums of money for the very poor people in the neighborhood. It becomes a monetization of murder and violence, incentivizing killing and keeping people around for them to be victims. So you see the inception of how grotesque the idea of the Purge is, and the manipulation upon the society.”

Adds the site, despite this dark premise, DeMonaco promised that Island, being directed by Gerard McMurray, will be the most “crowd-pleasing” of the Purge films.



  • nowaygetreal

    I really like the sound of this. The panic of the first purge and the fear of people committing their first murder/crime should make for a tense film.

  • American Atheist

    I loved Anarchy. That’s why I was looking forward to Election Year. Election Year was such a disappointment. Unlikeable characters. The plot was awful. The villains were laughable. The whole religion thing was stupid.

    After watching Election Year, I have little faith in a competent Purge: The Island movie. It’s crazy, because the ideas of Purge sequels seem limitless but I know Hollywood knows how to screw up a good thing.

    • Lushen72

      I agree about Election Year but don’t nearly all franchises have a slip or too?

      • WondrousPoop

        This one has 3 slips in 3 tries.

  • Halloween_Vic

    Ok let’s start filming Halloween now please.

    • Chris G


    • ThunderDragoon

      Right?! It’s funny how they can keep cranking these Purge sequels out, but filming one Halloween movie seems like a chore.

      • Halloween_Vic

        Jeezuz it’s ridiculous man.

  • Jay Bennett

    Hopefully they take notes from Anarchy and maybe well get close to a Purge movie that uses the concepts full potential.. I enjoy them for what they are but they could be so much better.

  • HarryWarden

    Another Hollywood movies that aims to make white people ashamed of their race even though they obviously can’t control that. Fuck this franchise. The third was bad enough with that crap and this sounds even worse.

    • J Jett

      i’m white and i have no problem with the PURGE films. in fact ANARCHY is a near perfect film IMO. i don’t know why so many white people (mostly white men it seems) are so fragile.

      • Lushen72

        I’m a fragile white man. But then again I am pretty fat and I am old too. But I know what you mean J. Crybabies are coming out of the woodwork everywhere.

    • theundead

      Lord have mercy just shut up

  • J Jett

    one reason why most of the people who were focused on in the PURGE films don’t leave the country is because they are not wealthy. i know if PURGING was real i couldn’t afford to leave the country during that “holiday”.

    • And you know the prices of airfare would double and triple the closer March 21 came.

    • pablitonizer

      Does it need to be a prequel Jett? What do u think? I want a continuation line, I’m sick of going forward and backwards films

  • zombie84_41

    i live near brooklyn i wanta be in it how can i

  • Doesn’t sound that terrible, i kind of dig the idea. I’m in!

  • Hardcore F’n Mudd

    The Purge series – a fantastic idea thats yet to be done justice.
    The second one came closest.

  • Munchie

    I’m rich and I’d leave the country and all you other motherfuckers behind.

  • Mark Lepine

    I don’t know why they just didn’t kill people who were trying to leave the country telling them that leaving the country was unpatriotic and was punishable by death.

    • Saturn

      It will probably turn out that Purging is a global, one world government N.W.O. thing.
      Something that would be interesting would be if the guy (I can’t remember his name off the top of my head and can’t be bothered to use Google) from the 2nd and 3rd movie was caught up in a Purge situation while vacationing (or on a job) in Japan.
      It would be sweet to see Japanese gangs dressed in traditional Samurai/Ninja garb, perhaps a gang of females in Geisha get up, perhaps another female gang in sailor suits.

      • Necro

        Frank Grillo?

        • Saturn

          That’s the guy.

  • HeteroFriendly

    “I don’t understand why people don’t leave the country,”

    Where are you gonna go?
    Would they let you in?

    I dont understand why mexico and the entire middle east hasn’t gone to canada already.

    Maybe you dont like whats going on in your country, or maybe you just like what other people have better, but maybe other people dont want you in their country becasue you’ll just bring the same cultural dysfunction that you’re coming from with you.

    Maybe you cant really run from yourself or should even be allowed to.
    Maybe everybody needs to fight for their own homeland and culture against any enemy of it from within.

    • HeteroFriendly

      ” into a national holiday in which all crime — including rape and murder — is legal for one whole night each year.”

      Couldn’t we just call that new york day?
      Doesn’t that describe new york all day, everyday, all year for the last 100+ years.
      Doesn’t all the crime, poverty, rape, racism, violence, inequality, corruption and pollution in the world spread from new york outwards?

      We’d be lucky if new york only pushed that on the rest of the country one day out of the year. That would be worth it if they’d leave the rest of us alone for 364 days after that,
      but fat chance of that.

  • Mike Lawrence

    Awesome news. I loved 2 and 3 so hopefully this is good

  • Saturn

    The first Purge movie I was a little underwhelmed by, it was okay, but I expected so much more.
    The second movie I expected less, and was surprised to find it was much more like what I had expected from the franchise – it was pretty damn good.
    I still haven’t got around to the third movie yet – not due to disinterest, more a lack of time with a stack of around (at least) a thousand other movies to catch up on, with new stuff being released all the time – I really should cut back on how much I spend on dvds/blu but we all know how addictive they can be.

    Hopefully I’ll have caught up by the time the next movie comes out.

    I really should have a purge of some of the stuff that’s been “in the pile” for at least 10 years.

    • Necro

      Don’t feel bad Saturn my pile is around 350! Undoubtedly it’ll be a lot more soon enough. Addictive…indeed!

      • Saturn

        It surprising how quickly the backlog can build up – you start off with 2 or 3 movies in the pile, buy a few more during a busy period of your life (with the intention of having a break at the weekend to wind down and watch some movies) and they slowly, to begin with, start to increase….

        • Necro

          Well you’re not joking! In the last 45 minutes I just added 8 new films to my list to be watched……..eventually!

          • Saturn

            It starts off with 8, then it’s 20, then 50….And so forth!

  • Necro

    I’m glad for a new film, but as I slowly read on the dreaded prequel word came to mind and low and behold there it was! F**k!

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