NOTE: Slight Spoilers Ahead
While it is only June, there’s no denying that it has been a good year for genre cinema. From the success of the long-delayed Deadpool to the surprise success of The Shallows, there’s no denying that so far, 2016 has been good for science fiction, superhero and horror fans. The latest success has been The Purge: Election Year. Seemingly a success with critics (the second-highest rated on Rotten Tomatoes by 2%) and at the box office ($30.9 million opening weekend) the natural question becomes: What’s next?
One of the cooler thing about The Purge series is how detailed the world is. Throughout each film we get little bits seeing what’s happening around the city. It not only makes for cool visuals but also opens things up to lots of intriguing stories. No matter where they choose to go with the main plot there are tons of stories for full, separate movies — think a bloodier version of Rogue One. So with that in mind lets look at 5 Spin-Off Ideas for The Purge.
5. The Purge: Brexit
Great horror films have always tried to be part social commentary and The Purge is no exception. Since the beginning, underneath all of the bloodshed and violence, it has tackled issues ranging from class inequality to government corruption. The latest and most important world event has been the United Kingdom voting to withdraw from the European Union a.k.a. Brexit. As callous as it may sound, this is kind of the perfect set up for a Purge movie. The concept of The Purge was enacted because the United States was in crisis, so why not in the UK? It could certainly get more creative with the kills (with guns being less prevalent) and the series would benefit from a new setting and culture. Again, it may be too soon for this to happen but it would certainly be a fresh take on the premise.
4. The Purge: Pequeña Muerte
Far and away the standout character in The Purge: Election Year is Laney, played by Betty Gabriel. Playing the role of a medic during The Purge, we see hints of her past purging. She was so vicious that she earned the title Pequeña Muerte, which translates to "the little death." This leaves so many questions: How did she earn the name? What did she do? Why did she change her ways? There’s an interesting story here that I would love to see played out.
3. The Purge: Carmelo’s Last Stand
One of the coolest things to be introduced in The Purge: Anarchy was Carmelo Johns. Played by Michael K. Williams, he was a freedom fighter leading a resistance trying to take down the New Founding Fathers. During Election Year a newscaster throws out that Carmelo has died and fellow revolutionary Dante Bishop is leading the group. Considering how explosive and cool came off it was an interesting decision to kill him off screen. Like Laney, for all the development we get, there seems to be a whole story playing out in the background. I would love to see how Bishop went from a victim in the first film to being the protégé for Carmelo Johns. If they can somehow make it that Carmelo is actually Omar from The Wire, even better.
2. The Purge: The Bloody Stranger
Each Purge movie takes time to view the mayhem going on around the city. From grainy riot footage to full-on guillotines being used, there always seems there are a plethora of crazy stories that just aren’t told. The one that has plagued me — the bloody stranger in The Purge: Anarchy. As Leo Barnes and his comrades drive around Los Angeles they see a woman on the side of the road. Shell shocked by whatever happened, she stands there drenched in blood. There’s no explanation and it doesn’t even last a minute. I was curious when I saw it in the trailer and even more so all these years later. With the main story seemingly wrapped up (for now anyway) I think this could be the perfect thing to revisit if they ever wanted to return to the horror genre.
1. The Purge: IN SPACE
As much they try to shoehorn in social commentary at its core, it is a horror/action movie. It has much more in common with Grindhouse than V for Vendetta. So why not take the final step all horror franchises take and have a chapter in space? The possibilities are endless — whether you want to do it on another planet a la Prometheus, or on a space station like Lockdown. Would this be jumping the shark? Most likely. But my god, what a shark it could be.