The First Purge teaser trailer: Horror prequel takes the fight to Donald Trump, shocks Twitter
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The First Purge teaser trailer: Horror prequel takes the fight to Donald Trump, shocks Twitter

The first poster and teaser trailer for The First Purge was released on Friday, and Twitter is shocked at its political overtones.

hollywood Updated: Feb 01, 2018 17:18 IST
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The First Purge is scheduled for a July 4 release.

Once again, the Purge movies have quietly proven that they are some of the most topical mainstream films Hollywood has ever produced. For its latest offering, the franchise produced a prequel, The First Purge, which will show us how the infamous Purge came into being. A teaser trailer for the film was released on Friday, and it is just as bold as the poster that came a day before, moments before Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

The films show a dystopian future in which the United States government shuts down all emergency services and allows citizens to kill without consequence. While the first movie was more of a home invasion thriller that tackled concepts like class and wealth, the second and third films were more overtly political, with the most recent entry focussing on an election.

The First Purge will take us back to where it started, and the teaser trailer is a stinging satire of the America of today, particularly the America under Donald Trump’s presidency. The first poster was stark in its simplicity, with Trump’s signature Make America Great Again cap emblazoned with the movie’s title. The trailer is just as pointed, with a warm Texan man reading what sounds like an advertisement for the Purge, and predicting that one day children will ask their fathers if they could participate too.

The imagery they’re using in both the poster and the trailer is similar to Anurag Kashyap’s Mukkabaaz invoking cow vigilantes and saffron-clad extremists.

The First Purge is the first film in the franchise to not have been directed by James DeMonaco, the series’ godfather. It is helmed by Gerard McMurray and is scheduled, in yet another on-the-nose move, on the Fourth of July weekend.

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First Published: Feb 01, 2018 17:17 IST