ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

The Purge: every year, for 12 hours, all crime is legal. It's a scary thought.

I was impressed at the ideas explored by The Purge: Anarchy, but the movie made me think a lot: What would really happen if 'The Purge' was real?

The answers are not pretty...

Purge Celebrities

Some people would plan all year for The Purge, hyping up their crimes on social media. They'd be celebrities like professional boxers who kill.

They'd get sponsorship deals, fanbases, rivalries, TV coverage... and take suggestions from online forums. Kind of like a fame-hungry murderous Kardashian — now THAT's terrifying!

The Year-Long Effects Of The Purge

'The Purge' [Credit: Universal Pictures]
'The Purge' [Credit: Universal Pictures]

In the movie, the violence stops the second The Purge ends, but I think we all know that's not gonna happen. Violence would soar on the approach and aftermath of The Purge.

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A special task force of medical personnel would be drafted to mop up the damage from The Purge — like a team of seasonal workers brought into a store to cope with Christmas retail demands.

Mass Migration

Bold Peak, Chugach Mountains {Credit: WikiMedia Commons]
Bold Peak, Chugach Mountains {Credit: WikiMedia Commons]

You can't expect everyone to stay in a country that advocates Purging. Vulnerable groups, such as the poor, would try to flee.

Property prices in isolated and well-defended mountainous areas would be affected by people buying second "Purge Homes" to hide in once a year. Alaska has never looked so profitable...

Non-Violent Crime Would Also Skyrocket

[Credit: WikiMedia Commons]
[Credit: WikiMedia Commons]

Think about it. If, as in The Purge: Anarchy, the violent rampagers were occupied kicking ten shades of crap out of each other downtown, this is the perfect time to pull of a heist or go on a spending spree online with a stolen credit card...

But What Would Happen To Meeeeee?!

'Home Alone' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
'Home Alone' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]

Obviously, it went through my head to consider what I, personally, would do in The Purge. I wouldn't have the cash for reinforcements, nor the inclination for Purging. In short, I'd be pretty useless.

Still, here's 5 things I would do to prepare for The Purge:

1. Get somewhere safe, early

Those guys in the movie just driving home an hour before The Purge starts?! Nope. I would not leave my house for a couple of days before it kicks off. Safety first.

2. Practice secret passwords with loved ones

If you're held at gunpoint to call a friend and gain access to their home, you need a secret code that says 'I'm being coerced. Prepare for the worst'.

'The Purge' [Credit: Universal Pictures]
'The Purge' [Credit: Universal Pictures]

3. Buy a long range weapon, learn how to use it

I'm pretty weak, and even if I worked out a lot, I'd still get overpowered by a big gang. Stealth and distance are the weedy kid's friend, so I'd get good with tranquilizer darts.

4. Keep up morale

Yeah, I'm a big softie, but I'd definitely make some cakes for the neighbors...if you can't show kindness and trust to others, what's the point in being alive?

'The Purge' [Credit: Universal Pictures]
'The Purge' [Credit: Universal Pictures]

5. ...And if, by some accident, I got caught outside...

Do what I was screaming at the people in every Purge movie to do. Hide in a frickin' garbage can and STAY THERE.

What horrifying things would happen if The Purge was real? I'd love to hear your ideas, please comment below!


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