Before INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER II & PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 5 hit, Blumhouse has THE PURGE (once titled VIGILANDIA) coming our way. Today the poster & trailer dropped, and apart from looking like a blatant, high-concept remake of THE STRANGERS (also distributed by Universal) , it’s looking pretty cool.
Also of note, this is Platinum Dunes’ first non-remake genre film since their truly atrocious stab at A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. I know plenty of horror fans that cringe at the mention of Michael Bay’s production company, so your mileage may vary here.
THE PURGE opens May 31st, 2013.
Synopsis: “If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do? In The Purge, a speculative thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night, four people will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the vicious outside world breaks into their home. In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity—including murder—becomes legal. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help. It’s one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking.”