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‘The First Purge’ Featurette Explores the Social Commentary Behind the Film’s Masks [Exclusive]

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The origin story to the worldwide phenomenon that redefined horror, The First Purge, the fourth chapter in the franchise, arrives on Digital and the digital movie app Movies Anywhere on September 18, 2018, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on October 2, 2018, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

One special feature explores the various masks of the newest “Purge”. Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive look at the first part of the “The Masks of The First Purge” featurette in which the cast and crew discuss the social commentary tied to this film’s disguises.

“When the New Founding Fathers of America look to push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, a radical sociological theory that vents aggression is tested among an isolated community. But once the violence of oppressors clashes with the rage of the marginalized, the contagion of the experiment explodes and rapidly spreads, leading to a revolution. The First Purge takes audiences back to where the nightmare all began in this timely and relevant horror-thriller, including gripping bonus features appealing to fans of the franchise.

“Now with the New Founding Fathers of America in charge of America’s political landscape, change is inevitably coming. When Dr. Updale (Marisa Tomei) presents the chance for a risky, theoretical social experiment to become a live phenomenon, The Purge is born. Once Dmitri (Y’Lan Noel) is aware that his hometown of Staten Island has been selected to partake in the monumental social study that will forever change the way citizens interact with their government and neighbors alike, he naturally becomes suspicious of its purpose. Alongside community activist Nya (Lex Scott Davis) and her younger brother Isaiah (Joivan Wade), the three take to the streets of the first ever purge to protect their city and seek to survive at the risk of their own lives.”

Collaborating with franchise creator James DeMonaco and director Gerard McMurray (Burning Sands) on The First Purge are the series’ producers: Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Insidious series, Get Out, Split), Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (A Quiet PlaceOuija series, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and DeMonaco’s longtime production partner, Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13Four Lovers).

The First Purge BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY, DVD AND DIGITAL:

  • Deleted Scene
  • A Radical Experiment – Cast and filmmakers discuss how The First Purge expands on the themes of the franchise, making them more culturally relevant than ever before.
  • Bringing the Chaos – Violence is inescapable in The First Purge. Here we explore the elements that ramped up the action in the film and made it the most intense installment yet.
  • The Masks of The First Purge – A good disguise is a key part of a successful Purge night. In this featurette, we take a look at how the masks in the film added to the terror of The First Purge.

Co-founded Bloody Disgusting in 2001. Producer on Southbound, the V/H/S trilogy, SiREN, Under the Bed, and A Horrible Way to Die. Chicago-based. Horror, pizza and basketball connoisseur. Taco Bell daily.


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