Added as Universal Orlando’s newest scarezone at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights, there’s a reason why The Purge: Anarchy currently has the largest opening for a scary movie in 2014. Scoring $29.8 million its debut weekend, The Purge’s win comes during a lackluster summer movie season. Deemed the worst in 8 years, ticket sales have been dryer than a July drought. Yet The Purge’s murder themed followed up to the 2013 original about twelve long hours of legalized crime, violently slaughtered box office competition like a mad man on a vengeful mayhem.
But like some of the film’s vigilantes, it wasn’t just a gore fest for the hell of it. Unlike the first film, beneath scores of The Purge: Anarchy's cold skinned dead bodies, lies a tiny fist in the air, fighting for life, as it pumps the blood of justice through the heart of a storyline focused on the rich vs poor, haves vs have nots, and those who dare to rebel in the face of economic injustice.
Written and directed by James DeMonaco (Assault on Precinct 13) and starring Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) Carmen Ejogo (Selma), real life husband and wife couple Zack Gilford (Friday Night Lights) and Kiele Sanchez (A Perfect Getaway), with a special appearance by Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire); The Shadow League talked to the cast of The Purge: Anarchy about the movie’s progressive civil rights theme balanced by twisted buckets of crazy blood.