The Purge has been a strange franchise as it just keeps on trucking, and yet I don’t know anyone who’s all that into it. The political-themed horror series landed its fourth entry last year with a prequel and even debuted a TV series. It’s growing, and although the so-called annual Purge skipped this year we’ll be seeing its variety of satirical bloodshed hitting in the heat of the summer, 2020.
The exact date will be July 10, meaning that it’ll be just missing its usual Independence Day slot and going up against Ghostbusters. This could also very well be the final installment in the series with series creator James Demonaco saying, “I think I’m going to write it. 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. 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 a 2018 interview.
We don’t have a title, director, or plot details yet, so there’s no way of knowing if this will in fact be the final Purge for sure. Either way, I doubt this will be last we’ll hear of the franchise.
The Purge is a series I’ve been fairly fond of, but it never seems to quite reach its potential. The original was terrible, and the sequel realized a bit more promise though it was heavier on action than horror. Election Year is the only one I’d suggest is worth seeing, as it hits the right comic book notes and has a bit more bite. The First Purge was something of a step backward (ha!), so I hope they’ll dig in and go crazy with whatever next year’s Purge might offer.