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The Forever Purge (2021)

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The latest film in the Blumhouse and Universal Pictures’  Purge  franchise,  The Forever Purge, is now in theaters. Other than  The Purge: Anarchy , this release date stays consistent with the franchise’s release schedule of a Fourth of July weekend.

The Forever Purge picks up in the franchise after the events of  Purge: Election Year , and deals with an on-the-run couple who meet a group of individuals trying to keep the Purge alive, even after it has been outlawed.

This franchise has been a staple for Blumhouse, and  The Forever Purge promises to be the biggest installment yet. Boasting the largest budget of any  Purge film at just over $25 million, The Forever Purge ‘s budget is over $12 million more than the previous film,  The First Purge , and over $22 million more than the original  The  Purge film back in 2013.

This movie, like many others , has gone through release date changes over the past year. Initially scheduled to release on July 10, 2020, the film was pushed back thanks to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The film was moved to July 9 of this year, but was then shifted forward a week to find its resting spot on July 2, 2021, which puts the film smack dab between the recent  F9 (another Universal Pictures release), and Marvel’s  Black Widow (the first MCU film since 2019’s  Spider-Man: Far From Home ).

But can you watch the movie on streaming? Or will this film only be released in theaters? Here’s what we know!

Can you stream The Forever Purge at home?

Unfortunately, no. The Forever Purge is scheduled to be released only in theaters, and it doesn’t seem as though Universal has any streaming plans set just yet. We’ll keep you posted if anything changes!

The rest of the  Purge franchise is available online on different PVOD and streaming services, but there is not one service in particular that houses this franchise of films.

Universal Pictures is a subsidiary of NBCUniversal (alongside Universal Television), so  The Forever Purge  is likely to end up on NBC’s newest streaming service,  Peacock , after its theatrical run. However, because of the recent deal that Universal made with theaters , we could be seeing  The Forever Purge  coming to PVOD services after a 31-day theatrical release.

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Here is how you can stream the previous films in the Purge franchise. Every installment can be rented on PVOD, but here is where you can stream the installments.

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Go check out this epic franchise, and, if comfortable, go check out the newest installment in theaters on July 2. We will be sure to keep you posted if there are any changes and Happy Purge!

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UPDATED, 5 PM: A man who shot two people to death in a Southern California movie theater in 2021 has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Joseph Jimenez was convicted in December for the killing of TikTok star Anthony Barajas, 19, and college student Rylee Goodrich, 18, at a Regal theater in Corona , CA, on July 26, 2021. Read details below.

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His death comes a three days after the gunman, 20-year-old Joseph Jimenez of Corona, was charged with murder, attempted murder and robbery. It is evident that he will now be charged with two counts of murder. Jimenez is currently being held on bail for $2 million.

Police have yet to establish a clear motive and said the attacks seem to have been unprovoked.

UPDATE, July 28, 3:45 p.m.: Officials have confirmed the identities of the the victims in the Monday night shooting at a Regal theater in Corona, California. The female, who was found dead at the scene, was 18-year-old Rylee Goodrich, a college student. The 19-year-old male who was taken to the hospital and remains in critical condition is TikTok star Anthony Barajas, who has over a million followers on the social media site.

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PREVIOUSLY at 10:10 a.m.: Corona police have arrested a suspect in the shooting that killed one teenager and left a second in critical condition Monday night. Joseph Jimenez, 20, of unincorporated Corona, was taken into custody at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday after witness statements led detectives to serve a search warrant at his residence.

CPD said a firearm matching the caliber of the weapon used in the shooting was recovered, along with additional evidence related to the crime scene.

Jimenez was booked at Riverside Presley Detention Center on charges of murder, attempted murder and robbery. He was being held on a $2 million bail.

Based on statements obtained, police said there is no known motive for the attack and it appears to have been unprovoked.

PREVIOUSLY, July 27: One teenager was killed and another critically wounded in a shooting inside a Southern California movie theater Monday night, local police said.

The Corona Police Department reported that officers responded to a call for service about 11:45 p.m. at The Regal Edwards Corona Crossings RPX theater in the Riverside County city.

Upon arrival, officers located a male and female both suffering from gunshot wounds. The 19-year-old male, from Corona, was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The 18-year-old female, also from Corona, succumbed to her injuries at the scene. Their identification is being held pending notification to the next of kin.

The suspect or suspects remain at large.

According to multiple sources citing police, the film being shown was Blumhouse/Universal’s The Forever Purge , the title of which refers to a night during which all crime, including murder, is temporarily legal.

A spokesperson for Regal issued the following statement to Deadline: “We have received confirmation of an incident at our Corona Crossings theatre last night. We are currently working with the local authorities regarding the investigation. Our primary concern is for the safety and security of our guests and staff.”

The Regal Edwards Corona Crossings RPX theater is located at 2650 Tuscany Street in Corona, about 50 southeast of Los Angeles . The theater was closed Tuesday, and The Forever Purge  appears to be not screening there anymore.

The Corona Police Department is taking the lead on the investigation. Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Bureau – Forensic Services is assisting with the investigation.

Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to call the Corona Police Department at (951) 736-2330, option 3, or Senior Detective Dan Neagu at (951) 739-4916 or email [email protected].

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Man to spend life in prison for killing TikTok personality and his date at California movie theater

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LOS ANGELES — A California man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting a TikTok personality and his date in a California movie theater.

Joseph Jimenez, now 23, was sentenced Monday to life without the possibility of parole, as well as an additional 50 years to life , for the July 26, 2021, killings in Corona, a city southeast of Los Angeles, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office said .

Movie theater employees found Anthony Barajas, 19, known on TikTok as itsanthonymichael, and Rylee Goodrich, 18, after an evening showing of “The Forever Purge,” officials have said.

Goodrich was pronounced dead at the theater, and Barajas was taken to a hospital, where he was placed on life support and later pronounced dead.

Jimenez was arrested in nearby El Cerrito the day after the shootings, the district attorney’s office said.

Jimenez, 20 at the time of the killings, entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity . In December, Superior Court Judge Timothy J. Hollenhorst ruled that he was sane, The Associated Press reported.

In 2021, Jimenez told T he Riverside Press-Enterprise newspaper in a jailhouse interview he was schizophrenic and had been tormented by voices.

“The voices said my friends and family were going to be killed,” and that led to his shooting the couple, he told the newspaper.

Jimenez’ defense attorney, Charles Kenyon, told reporters after the sentencing Monday that the killings were tragic but that they also ultimately resulted because of “the failures of the mental health system,” including inadequate hospitalizations and inadequate care.

Jimenez was “really a product of his mental illness,” Kenyon said outside court, video from KTTV-TV of Los Angeles showed . "Morally speaking, in many ways he didn’t want for this, he didn’t ask for this," Kenyon said.

Jimenez said in court Monday before he was sentenced: “I just want to say to the families that I’m sorry, and I wish I never did what I did, and my condolences. If things could have been different, I would have made a different choice.”

Barajas’ mother, Catherine Barajas, said after sentencing that “I’m very happy that this part is over.”

“It’s been a very long 2½ years, and it’s time to close this chapter, to focus on our son and to carry on his legacy,” she said. “We’re going to do that by continuing to do small acts of kindness, one at a time, to make a difference in the world and to keep him alive.”

She said her son had a beautiful smile and made a difference in the world. Anthony Barajas had almost 1 million followers on TikTok and more on other platforms.

"Anthony was known for his kindness," she said.

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Man who fatally shot 2 teens in a California movie theater is sentenced to life without parole

Convicted double murder Joseph Jimenez Jr. makes a brief statement prior to being sentenced at the Riverside Hall of Justice on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024, in Riverside, Calif., as defense attorney Charles Kenyon listens. Jimenez who was convicted of fatally shooting two teenagers at a Southern California movie theater during a 2021 showing of “The Forever Purge” was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Jimenez, 23, was found guilty in December of two counts of first-degree murder, as well as a sentencing enhancement of personal use of a firearm causing death. (Will Lester/The Orange County Register via AP)

Convicted double murder Joseph Jimenez Jr. makes a brief statement prior to being sentenced at the Riverside Hall of Justice on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024, in Riverside, Calif., as defense attorney Charles Kenyon listens. Jimenez who was convicted of fatally shooting two teenagers at a Southern California movie theater during a 2021 showing of “The Forever Purge” was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Jimenez, 23, was found guilty in December of two counts of first-degree murder, as well as a sentencing enhancement of personal use of a firearm causing death. (Will Lester/The Orange County Register via AP)

The parents of murder victim Anthony Barajas, Catherine Barajas, left and Brian Barajas, right, sit in court as Patrick Goodrich, center rear, the grandfather of murder victim Rylee Goodrich, wipes away tears during the sentencing of convicted double murderer Joseph Jimenez Jr. at the Riverside Hall of Justice on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024, in Riverside, Calif. Jimenez who was convicted of fatally shooting the two teenagers at a Southern California movie theater during a 2021 showing of “The Forever Purge” was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. (Will Lester/The Orange County Register via AP)

Brian Barajas, left, father of murdered teen Anthony Barajas, holds up a picture of his late son as he gives his victim impact statement while Senior Deputy District Attorney Kevin Beecham, right, listens prior to the sentencing of convicted double murderer Joseph Jimenez Jr. at the Riverside Hall of Justice on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024, in Riverside, Calif. Jimenez who was convicted of fatally shooting two teenagers at a Southern California movie theater was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Jimenez, 23, was found guilty in December of two counts of first-degree murder, as well as a sentencing enhancement of personal use of a firearm causing death. (Will Lester/The Orange County Register via AP)

Catherine Barajas, right, mother of murdered teen Anthony Barajas, wipes away tears as she gives her victim impact statement as convicted murderer Joseph Jimenez Jr., left, looks on prior to being sentenced at the Riverside Hall of Justice on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024. Jimenez who was convicted of fatally shooting the two teenagers at a Southern California movie theater during a 2021 showing of “The Forever Purge” was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. (Will Lester/The Orange County Register via AP)

Catherine Barajas, right, mother of murdered teen Anthony Barajas, wipes away tears as she gives her victim impact statement as convicted murderer Joseph Jimenez Jr., left, looks on prior to being sentenced at the Riverside Hall of Justice on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024, in Riverside, Calif. Jimenez who was convicted of fatally shooting the two teenagers at a Southern California movie theater during a 2021 showing of “The Forever Purge” was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. (Will Lester/The Orange County Register via AP)

FILE - Defendant Joseph Jimenez appears in court during a plea hearing at the Riverside Hall of Justice in Riverside, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. Jimenez, convicted of fatally shooting two teenagers at a Southern California movie theater during a 2021 showing of “The Forever Purge,” was sentenced Monday, Feb. 26, 2024, to life in prison without the possibility of parole. (Watchara Phomicinda/The Orange County Register via AP, Pool, File)

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A man convicted of fatally shooting two teenagers at a Southern California movie theater during a 2021 showing of “The Forever Purge” was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Joseph Jimenez Jr., 23, was found guilty in December of two counts of first-degree murder, as well as a sentencing enhancement of personal use of a firearm causing death.

Prosecutors said he shot Rylee Goodrich, 18, and Anthony Barajas, 19, in the back of the head as they watched a late-night showing of the horror-action film at a theater in Corona, southeast of Los Angeles, on July 26, 2021. They were the only other people in the theater.

Goodrich died at the scene. Barajas, a budding social media star, died at a hospital.

Jimenez initially pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. He was ruled sane in December by Superior Court Judge Timothy J. Hollenhorst.

In a jailhouse interview with the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Jimenez said that he had been recently diagnosed with schizophrenia but that shortly before the shooting he had stopped taking his medication because he ran out of pills.

Jimenez told the newspaper that the only way he could save himself from the victims was to shoot them.

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The Forever Purge - What We Know So Far

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Ready to purge again, fellow citizens? 

If you've been following the five-film series that comprises the " Purge " franchise, you know that hell truly is other people — especially if you're out past dark on a Purge night. Set in a dystopian alternate version of the United States where all crime has been declared legal by the current dictatorial ruling political party, The New Founding Fathers of America, for 12 hours on a designated holiday, the yearly Purge event invites residents to engage in all manner of illegal activity, up to and including mass murder. 

For your average American citizen, this means trying to survive a yearly battle royale without being murdered or maimed. There are, of course, many people out there who take great pleasure in causing great pain to their fellow Americans. These active purgers will do anything to harm the innocent and helpless, even as kinder souls try to protect the weak during each Purge, while they fight to restore everyday life back to the way it once was. It's a system that seems to be working for the nation, per "The Purge" series' political mythology. In other words, there has been a method to the mayhem; all of this legalized violence, malfeasance, and disaster has apparently led to a peaceful and crime-free nation for the rest of the American calendar year. Or so The New Founding Fathers of America say.

The franchise has seen a sizable group of sympathetic characters pass through their own personal nightmares and come out the other end. "The Forever Purge" promises to introduce a few more into a situation that takes the franchise's adoration of mass chaos to a whole new level. As the title suggests, "The Forever Purge" will explore a frightening new scenario for this cinematic dystopia: A group of purging sociopaths who consider themselves unbound by the statutory time constraints  of the legal, 12-hour Purge. 

Here's what we know about the film so far. 

What went into making The Forever Purge and when will it be released?

"The Forever Purge" was conceived by James DeMonaco, creator of the "Purge" franchise, who told Entertainment Weekly in 2018 he had a "really cool" notion for ending the series as a whole. "I have it in my head. I think I'm going to write it. I think it's a great way to end it all. We want to end it all, I think, in this one, and I'm very excited," he told the magazine.

The movie entered into development at Universal Pictures in May of 2019, according to Deadline , at which time it was originally scheduled for a July 10, 2020 release date. DeMonaco wrote the screenplay. The film is produced by Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form for Platinum Dunes. Sébastien K. Lemercier and DeMonaco also co-produced the film through their Man in a Tree production company, so the action pedigree here is substantial. 

Everardo Gout was tapped to direct the film in August 2019; he's mainly worked in television up until this point, with credits on Netflix's "Luke Cage" and AMC's "The Terror." But what drew Universal's eyes to Gout, according to Variety , was his work on National Geographic's "MARS" miniseries, which combined scripted drama with documentary footage and interviews with actual scientists.

"The Forever Purge" was shot in various locations in California from November 2019 to February 2020, according to The Hollywood Reporter . While the COVID-19 pandemic didn't impact the production of "The Forever Purge," it did delay the movie's release, which was moved from 2020 to July 9, 2021, according to Variety . The film was then pushed forward to April of 2021, and will now be released on July 2, 2021. Reports do continue to indicate that this is the franchise's final installment.

Who stars in The Forever Purge?

"The Forever Purge" will, as is characteristic for the series, plunge a whole new set of people into the franchise's typical stew of mayhem, violence, and anarchy. The characters will likely fall into the mold of the series' other heroes and heroines — they will be vulnerable, likable, relatable, and tough, but not superheroes who can resist the literal slings and arrows of their opponents. It's not just about surviving the night thanks to grit and good intentions; it's about taking what the universe hands you and making it count until the hysteria is over.

This final batch of "Purge"-ticipants have the talent and experience to make the audience root for their characters, as they try to avoid terrible deaths on the most dangerous night of the year. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ana de la Reguera and Tenoch Huerta will head the cast.  SlashFilm  reports that the two actors play characters named Adela and Juan, respectively. THR  has also announced that Will Patton and Cassidy Freeman will appear in the movie. Deadline  notes that actress Leven Rambin signed on to the cast in January 2020, and Collider noted back in July 2020 that Josh Lucas will feature in the film, as well. Lucas, Freeman, Patton, and Rambin's roles in the film have not yet been named or described, and their characters are not included in the descriptions available from Universal at this time.

While very little has been released in regard to the supporting cast's characters and what they'll be doing in "The Forever Purge," this keeps the movie's general franchise-wide aura of mystery and foreboding intact. It's all very on-brand for DeMonaco and "The Purge."

What is The Forever Purge about?

According to the logline published by SlashFilm, the movie focuses on a couple named Adela (de la Reguera) and Juan (Huerta), who have fled a drug cartel in Mexico to take up a peaceful life on a Texas ranch. Unfortunately, they've unwittingly walked into a world of trouble, as a group of angry locals have decided that they're going to take the law into their own hands and extend the typical 12-hour Purge curfew beyond its statutory time limit. Cue anarchy, as Adela, Juan, and their newfound friends team up to drive the outsiders away and restore order — or at least flee to safety and freedom in Mexico, if they cannot. This sounds like another exploration of class and racial animus, themes the series has previously plumbed for rich narrative material.

"It's an amazing story of Latinos and Americans coming together to overcome despair and evil," Everardo Gout   told Total Film . "It's dystopian, but he's trying to get us to look in the mirror. It makes you think, 'S***, if I get pushed into a corner, would I do the same?' Once you open that door, how do you close it again?" 

James DeMonaco told Total Film that he hopes to "set the record straight” with this final edition of the franchise, hoping to set the franchise's themes in stone and strongly condemn the actions of the chaos-seeking Purgers once and for all.

Since "The Forever Purge" directly follows the Purge night detailed in "The Purge: Election Year," it would be fitting if Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) showed up in the film somehow. But since her election takes place two months after that particular Purge night, her policies will likely not effect the events of "The Forever Purge."

Where can I see a trailer for The Forever Purge?

Universal released a first-look trailer for the movie to IGN on May 12, 2021, which promises a terrifying final chapter to the saga . 

In it, you can see the cast of characters relaxing as another Purge night passes, getting on with life and working on a quiet, plush ranch. Everything seems peaceful ... until it's not. One character finds herself trapped inside of a "Saw"-like hutch, ready to be sacrificed to a group of rabbit costume-wearing Purgers. While the characters can be heard crying out that Purge night is over, we quickly see that in the hearts of these Purgers that's simply not the case. Anarchy has officially descended on this quiet town. 

"There's no crime anymore. Anything goes," one character tells another.

"You rich can't hide behind your steel walls no more," says a cowboy hat-sporting character holding several characters hostage at gunpoint. "Powerless. How does that feel? This is the real Purge! The forever Purge!"

Bloody anarchy and mayhem proceeds to play out, as characters are battered, cars overturn, and houses burn. One character is pulled through a wall, and a motorcycle bursts through it moments later. The order maintained by the Purge nights has clearly begun to fall apart, and the bonds of society are entirely frayed. One character declares aloud that the nation is collapsing thanks to the actions of the Purgers. A group of characters hear that Mexico is opening its borders to the United States for six hours, which seems to set up a race for freedom toward Mexico. Among the many notable elements in this trailers is the unique, rural setting, a first for a franchise that has so-far preferred the claustrophobic confines of America's urban centers.

Where is The Forever Purge set in The Purge's timeline?

"The Purge" franchise's timeline has been pretty consistent over the previous four films. "The First Purge" is a prequel to "The Purge," which is followed by "Anarchy" and then "Election Year" in the timeline. USA's two-season long "The Purge" TV show takes place between "Anarchy" and "Election Year." "The Forever Purge" fittingly takes place after "The Purge: Election Year," according to SlashFilm. Since "Election Year" sets up a future where the Purge stands a strong chance of being completely concluded by the incoming president elect — in spite of violent counter-protests — this is perhaps a fitting starting point. 

Plot-wise, the series has always taken the form of an anthology, which gives the viewer a look at how different social classes react to the stressful hellscape that is "The Purge." There have only been two characters who have crossed over between editions of the franchise. Those characters are Edwin Hodge's "The Stranger," who appears in "The Purge" and "The Purge: Anarchy," and Frank Grillo's Leo Barnes aka "The Sergeant," who appears in "The Purge: Anarchy" and "The Purge: Election Year." Another constant across all iterations of the franchise is Cindy Robinson, who voices the public announcements that declare the Purge's ending and beginning. Robinson can in fact be heard in the trailer for "The Forever Purge."

Where can I watch The Forever Purge?

According to the trailer posted by IGN, "The Forever Purge" will be released theatrically, with no announced plans for a digital or streaming release, though one will surely follow eventually. It will be replacing Universal's previous pick for their July 4 weekend release, "Top Gun: Maverick," which has been shuffled over to November 19, according to Deadline . 

There's a financial reason why you won't be seeing the film on the small screen with any due haste. Universal recently struck a deal with Cineworld in the U.K. and Regal Cinemas in the U.S. for a new, post-pandemic, mutually agreed-upon theatrical window, according to Deadline . Regal Cinemas will have a 31-day exclusivity window on movies that open at above $50 million, and a 17-day exclusivity agreement for movies opening below that threshold. Cineworld will have a 31-day window prior to any sort of pay-on-demand service, extending to 45 days for any movie that opens at an agreed-upon box office milestone. 

What that means is that you won't be seeing "The Forever Purge" on demand for at least 31 days after its release. You will likely have to wait even longer for other streaming platforms to offer the movie if it happens to make a lot of money at the box office. All of this will definitely drive horror fans back to the post-pandemic movie theatre if they can't wait patiently for this final "Purge" installment to drop on demand.

No matter how long they have to wait to see the film's final installment, "Purge" fans will hopefully feel that "The Forever Purge" serves as a fitting final hurrah for one of the most bankable franchises in the modern horror canon.

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Man sentenced to life in prison for shooting deaths of 2 teens inside Corona movie theater

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) -- A 23-year-old who fatally shot two teenagers at a Southern California movie theater in July 2021 was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Joseph Jimenez also received an additional 50 years to life for the shooting deaths of 19-year-old Anthony Barajas and 18-year-old Rylee Goodrich during a showing of the film "The Forever Purge" at the Regal Edwards Theater at the Crossings at Corona. The two teens were on a date that night.

Jimenez was declared sane at the conclusion of a bench trial in December, clearing the way for his conviction of two counts of first-degree murder special circumstance allegations of lying in wait and taking multiple lives, as well as sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.

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The families of the victims' read emotional impact statements during the sentencing, saying there will never be anything to compensate for their loss.

"This past December was the first time in three years that there was any semblance of a Christmas at the Goodrich household," said Rylee's grandfather Patrick Goodrich. Her heartbroken parents chose not to attend.

"Her memory for her mom and dad is in a place of peace, comfort and beauty. Her memory for them lives in their home and in their hearts," said the girl's grandmother Jody Goodrich.

Defense attorney Charles Kenyon had argued Jimenez was not rational at the time and in the throes of schizophrenia when he shot the teens.

"We all agree that schizophrenia caused this," he said in December. "Joseph Jimenez is not a bad person, but the legal burden is what it is. At the end of the day, unarmed people have their backs turned to you that don't appear to overtly present a threat is not under, any circumstance, something you can defend from an objective perspective."

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During the trial's closing arguments, Kenyon told the court Jimenez "was misguided by the voices" and "in the theater, he thought he had no options." He also said Jimenez "was acting out of fear in defense of his friends and family."

But the prosecution countered that argument with Jimenez's actions during and after the murders using Jimenez's own testimony.

The prosecution pointed out Jimenez knew the victims were innocent and did not have to kill them, but that he had made up his mind to do so 20 minutes prior to shooting them, even though the voices that urged him on had gone silent.

The prosecution argued Jimenez "knew he did something morally wrong and fled" and "no one was commanding him to do anything or threatening him."

Kenyon said due to legal rules, Jimenez had to testify in his own insanity trial.

"I don't think Joseph told a lie in his own mind up on that stand, but the reality was he hurt his own case," he said.

During Monday's sentencing, Anthony's father held his son's picture and spoke to the choices leading to his son's murder.

"You stole the lives of two young people with so much potential to do great things," Brian Barajas told Jimenez. "Anthony was so full of life and touched so many lives in a positive way." Anthony's two sisters also faced Jimenez and spoke to the toll and loss their family has suffered. His oldest sister, Julia, did so on her 24th birthday.

"I want justice and I want peace for my family. It's time we get put this part behind us and start to fully heal from this," she said.

Jimenez previously withdrew his not guilty pleas on two counts of murder and not guilty by reason of insanity . Instead of a criminal trial, a judge heard the case and determined Jimenez's state of mind at the time of the murders.

City News Service, Inc. contributed to this report.

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There’s nothing more American than a Purge movie. At this point in the franchise — five films and a two-season TV series deep — Purge stories are run with a swagger that leans into that sentiment, as each installment widens the scope of a world where the United States government has sanctioned one annual night where all crime is legal. That twisted holiday has also led to unprecedented economic growth and a nearly nonexistent crime rate. Every new Purge film furthers the idea that American patriotism isn’t about all the nice things citizens say they value 364 days a year, but about the sins committed on Purge night. The Forever Purge , the latest film in the franchise, is the logical endpoint of that idea, an action-thriller where the whole thing finally falls apart. Unfortunately, it’s also where the franchise’s shaky grasp on social commentary also starts to falter.

While it functions pretty well as a standalone movie, The Forever Purge is a direct sequel to 2016’s The Purge: Election Year , and a matching bookend of sorts to the 2018 prequel The First Purge . Some long-winded exposition via news soundbites catches the audience up on the state of the Union: After a time with no Purge, rising violence and anti-immigrant sentiment catapult the New Founding Fathers of America, the radical conservative party behind the Purge, back into power, and The Purge is reinstated.

Unlike previous films, The Forever Purge isn’t interested in the political powers of its world, so franchise fans might feel a little baffled by this status-quo reset. Instead, The Forever Purge — directed by Everardo Gout with a script from franchise creator James DeMonaco — tells a more personal story, about Mexican immigrants Juan (Tenoch Huerta) and Adela (Ana de la Reguera) who arrive in Texas undocumented, fleeing cartel violence. Adela finds work in a poultry factory, and Juan works as a cowboy, employed by the wealthy Tucker family.

Tenoch Huerta as Juan, holding an assault rifle at ready in The Forever Purge

The pair are stereotypical Good Immigrants — Juan is a better cowboy than the Tucker heir Dylan (Josh Lucas), and Adela is hardworking, kind, and surprisingly adept with firearms. Patriarch Caleb Tucker (Will Patton) is a rich white man who, late in his life, is starting to reflect on his privilege, and when Dylan starts to threaten Juan due to his own insecurities, Caleb realizes that maybe his children aren’t doing the same reflection.

Then the annual Purge takes place, and nothing happens to our cast of characters. The real trouble happens the next day, as domestic terrorists with white-supremacist inclinations rise up across the country, and refuse to stop Purging. Before long, the United States’ well-armed populace descends into chaos, and the Tuckers are forced to band together with Juan and Adela (who curiously never get a last name) and try to make it to the only safe harbor: the Mexican border.

While the Purge franchise’s lack of subtlety is a big part of its charm, The Forever Purge is probably the biggest test of these movies’ unsubtle methods. There’s the delicious irony of a scenario where Americans desperately want to get into Mexico, but it’s burdened with a condescending execution. While Adela and Juan are ostensibly the protagonists, the Tucker family get all the actual character arcs. An overwhelming chunk of The Forever Purge ’s brisk 103 minutes is devoted to the film’s Mexican immigrants saving the Tuckers’ lives, helping them survive, and furthering their moral development. It is, frankly, an insulting running thread that sours an otherwise deft horror-thriller.

Purgers fire a machine gun atop a buggy in The Forever Purge

But what’s really jarring about this one-sided view of what it looks like for a divided people to come together is that these sentiments are really out of step with the franchise’s core strength: its cynicism. The Forever Purge is full of empty platitudes like “America is everything, we can take it all, and we can embrace it,” or “ I always taught my son to be a good American, but maybe I didn’t teach him what that meant.”

The movie’s script is weirdly split between making its villains roving bands of unapologetically racist monsters, and also requiring Juan to hear out Dylan Tucker’s racist belief that “we should all just stick with our own.” Tellingly, Dylan is reformed, but not because of anything Juan says — remarkably, Juan and Adela only respond to the racism of the monsters who are out to kill them. It’s almost as if DeMonaco doesn’t seem interested in the ways both attitudes are connected.

Shortcomings like this are really disappointing, given that the Purge films have long excelled at a fundamental meanness aimed squarely at the American id. These are movies that rub its audience’s nose in what really thrills Americans — the violence that fuels our headlines, the conservative hate machine that others our fellow citizens, and the liberal complicity of wealthy people with good intentions. At their best, they’re a vision of America as it might be seen from the outside: a land of great wealth and great chaos, where the marginalized are persecuted with the implicit permission of the state, and love of country is justification for the power trip that comes with an arsenal of guns.

There’s a glimpse of that excellence in what might be the best scene in The Forever Purge , a 30-second fever dream where a neo-Nazi radiating with palpable bloodlust sits in the back of a police transport. He’s listening to the gunfire outside with relish, and like a sommelier of carnage, names every firearm he hears, barking out their unique reports and staccato rhythms. With a grin, he calls it “American music,” the song of the heartland, as the sonic chaos escalates until you can almost hear a guitar wailing out the notes of “America the Beautiful.”

“Strike up the band,” the Nazi says, right before everything goes to hell.

The Forever Purge opens in theaters on Friday, July 2, 2021.

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Alternately eerie, frightening, coy and safe, the "Purge" films seem remain trapped in an intellectual uncanny valley of sorts: too much yet not enough. The series is about the thirst for violence embedded in the American character, and how ritualized and joyous the expression of that tendency has always been. It's a germ of a concept that seems incendiary and bold on first glance. But in executing it, the series (which now includes a two-season TV drama) makes sure to stay vague enough that American viewers can read each new entry through a generic survival-story lens of "decent people trying to endure terror" and not question their own vision of life too deeply. The Purge-o-verse is about class and exploitation, kinda, and about racism and xenophobia, kinda, and also sorta about American paranoia and bloodthirstiness. But mostly it's a generic dystopian tale that's no more or less serious than " The Hunger Games " or " Resident Evil ," just nastier. Bad people take over; civilization fall down, go boom.

"The Forever Purge," a continuation and expansion of the franchise, is set near the border separating the United States from Mexico, and centers on Mexican immigrants. They've relocated to escape the violence of drug cartels that have hijacked portions of their home country, only to find things are just as bad up North, in a different way. Ana de la Reguera and Tenoch Huerta star as Adela and Juan, a couple who get work in a small Texas town—Juan as a cowboy on a ranch, Adela in a meatpacking plant. To ask why Adela and Juan needed to move to the US to figure out that the Purge-era US is a bad place for people like them is to mark oneself as a spoilsport. Purge nights have been going on for years, and the nation has been resisting irrevocable takeover by a modern Nativist party for just as long. And the country is just generally a bloody cesspool—a place where a significant percentage of citizens are addicted to rage, and want to hurt others because committing violence makes them feel powerful even though, in the greater scheme, they aren't. 

This film is set after the events of 2016's "The Purge: Election Year," which saw the The New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) and their candidate, Minister Edwidge Owens, defeated, and Purge Nights banned. Unfortunately, remnants of the NFFA are still active. They want the Purge reinstated and made continuous so that they can freely exterminate native or naturalized minorities as well as any immigrant who isn't white. Other militia and gang-type groups want similar indulgences for their own political reasons (there are representatives of a class reductionist leftist group—like a scary cartoon cousin of the DSA—that wants to execute one-percenters and their families). And of course there are garden-variety criminals and psychos who have no beliefs per se, but just want to be able to do their own personal droog rampage whenever they feel like it.

Written and co-produced by series creator James Demonaco , and directed by Mexican-American filmmaker  Everardo Gout , this new film (which has been characterized as the "final chapter" in the franchise—a likely story) does go several steps further than earlier entries down the road towards saying something beyond "America is innately violent." It anchors its brutality in recent political specifics, mostly having to do with former President Donald Trump's border wall, Trump's channeling and amplifying of white grievance, and the immigration of Spanish-speaking people to the USA.

But in the end, the film retreats into "we're all in this together, can't we get along?" posturing, landing in a centrist-to-conservative mind-space wherein we can all agree that heavily armed and openly bigoted terror groups run by Anglo-Americans are bad, and that wanting to murder rich white bigoted exploiters, while perhaps historically comprehensible, is also bad, in relation to the Ten Commandments anyway, and that once such extremists are dealt with, we can all get back to being decent to each other, which is the True American Way, deep down. 

Our heroes find a sympathetic ear in the form of Juan's employer, ranch owner Caleb Tucker ( Will Patton ). Tucker is a unicorn: a wealthy but politically liberal Anglo Texan who volunteers, while being terrorized by a white leftist and his goons, that Americans are living on stolen land, and that his tormenters' refusal to admit that is a sign of their own unexamined privilege. "You got no right to complain about the very system that you're supporting," he says. His son and heir apparent, Dylan Tucker ( Josh Lucas ), is initially presented as a straightforward racist, but the movie later suggests that his attitude (that the races should stick with their own kind, an idea Juan seems amenable to) is at least less horrible than roving white supremacist gangs' desire to kill anyone who doesn't look like them. ("Speak English," they keep ordering brown-skinned people, sometimes while city blocks are on fire.) 

The plot eventually leads to a racially mixed bomber-crew-assortment of characters, including Dylan's pregnant wife Cassie ( Cassidy Freeman ), running for the Mexican border to escape American violence (an admittedly clever reversal of how this narrative typically works; Canada is also offering Americans asylum for a limited time, as long as they come unarmed). We're better than this, "The Forever Purge" seems be saying. Are we, though? Native Americans and the descendants of slaves would disagree. But that's beyond the scope of this review, and apparently not within the purview of Demonaco's expanded universe of societal collapse and " Children of Men "-style extended tracking shots through carnage on main street.

The end product is a mixed bag. You might appreciate how "The Forever Purge" sharpens things up until it speaks to what happened in the United States under Trump (the "let's just say all the hateful stuff loud and proud" aspect, primarily), while at the same time noticing that once again, as always, the franchise is stirring free-floating anxiety and rage into a stewpot and dipping into it every few minutes to serve up a tasty bit of violence, but never focusing its vision to the point where it stings in the way that, say, George Romero's zombie films did. At least there are a few grimly poetic flourishes, as when a neo-Nazi prisoner chained in the back of a police wagon listens to the array of guns going off during their drive and identifies each make and caliber by sound alone. "Homegrown music from the heartland," he says, leering in ecstasy. "That is American music, motherfucker!"

The performances are better than the material deserves—particularly those of De la Reguera and Huerta, whose reactive closeups have a silent-movie expressiveness; and Lucas, who once again proves that he's willing to play deeply unlikable characters without signaling that he's a nice guy offscreen. The final third of the movie, which introduces nasty Nazis and Nazi-adjacent baddies only to swiftly kill them off, feels like a videogame with actors.

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Ana de la Reguera as Adela

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Believe it or not, the people in the Purge movie universe are still purging, despite the fact that it’s gone horribly wrong many, many times. The Forever Purge , aka The Purge 5 , is coming to theaters this weekend and will serve as a direct sequel to 2016’s The Purge: Election Year .

Said to be the final film in the franchise, the film stars Ana de la Reguera and Tenoch Huerta as a couple from Mexico on the run from the drug cartel who end up stranded on a ranch in Texas. Despite the fact that the Purge event has been outlawed, a group of outsiders at the ranch are illegally continuing the tradition, as this unlucky couple is about to find out. Also starring Josh Lucas, Cassidy Freeman, and Will Patton, The Forever Purge promises to deliver a violent and horrific ending the dystopian franchise.

No doubt horrific violence is exactly what fans of The Purge are hoping for, so here’s everything you need to know about where to watch The Forever Purge , and when you can expect The Forever Purge to be on streaming.

WHERE TO WATCH THE FOREVER PURGE :

You can watch The Forever Purge in theaters beginning on Friday, July 2. You can find a showing at a movie theater near you here .

CAN I WATCH THE FOREVER PURGE ON STREAMING?

Not right now. Currently, the only way to watch The Forever Purge is in a movie theater. However, you may not have to wait long to catch the film on demand. Read on to find out what we know about when The Forever Purge will be available to rent on digital.

WHEN WILL THE FOREVER PURGE BE ON STREAMING?

There is not an official digital release date for The Forever Purge yet, but you might be able to rent The Forever Purge on digital platforms as soon as mid-July.

Universal has a deal that allows the studio to release its films on premium video-on-demand—meaning you would be able to rent the movie for $20—after 17 days in theaters, if the film makes less than $50 million at the opening weekend box office. If the movie hits the $50 million mark , it will be released on PVOD after 31 days.

So if The Forever Purge makes less than $50 million this weekend, then you may be able to rent it on digital platforms as soon as July 20. (Universal does not have to release the movie on-demand after 17 days, but in general, that is what the studio has been doing for its other films, including Nobody .) If the movie hits the $50 million mark this weekend, you will most likley be able to rent it at the beginning of August.

WILL THE FOREVER PURGE BE ON HBO MAX?

No. While HBO Max—which is owned by Warner Media—is the streaming home for Warner Bros. blockbusters like In The Heights , the upcoming Forever Purge movie is a Universal film, and not a Warner Bros. film. Therefore, The Forever Purge will not be on HBO Max. At least, not right away.

It is possible that The Forever Purge will be on HBO Max in the distant future—after The Forever Purge  releases on DVD— if  the deal  to send Universal movies to HBO Max gets renewed. After that, The Forever Purge will be available on Peacock, the NBC Universal streaming service. But we’ll just have to wait and see.

IS THE FOREVER PURGE ON NETFLIX?

No. The Forever Purge is not on Netflix, and it most likely will not be on Netflix any time soon. Universal has made deals with Netflix in the past, but currently, the first two Purge movies are streaming on Peacock . Never say never, but it seems more likely that The Forever Purge will end up Peacock rather than on Netflix.

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'The Forever Purge' movie trailer has glimpse of El Paso in horror sequel set in Texas

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Downtown El Paso gets some screen time in the movie trailer of the upcoming dystopian future horror film "The Forever Purge."

The movie is the fifth installment in the popular "The Purge" series set in a near-future were the U.S. has legalized all crime, including murder, for a 12-hour period in an annual national holiday.

The murderous holiday always begins with the ominous blaring of "The Purge" siren.

Not exactly cheerful, kid-friendly family viewing.

"The Forever Purge" is set on a Texas ranch where lawless masked-cowboys continue violently "purging" after daybreak, according to the movie trailer.

"Mexico is opening its borders for the next six hours," a character says as the protagonists flee from marauders before a glimpse in the movie trailer of Downtown El Paso buildings on fire. The lighted "Electricity" and Plaza Hotel signs are visible.

The movie opens in theaters on July 2. It was set to open last summer but was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The Purge" films — with undertones about marginalization, racism and violence in U.S. society — have generally taken place at night in a maze of urban city streets and amid the terror in suburban homes.

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Mexican filmmaker Everardo Gout brings a different look to the series with an Old West style, sunlight and wide open spaces, according to an article in the horror-movie magazine  Fangoria . The movie was filmed in California. 

Gout is best known for the 2011 movie "Days of Grace" (Dias de Gracia) and his work on National Geographic's futuristic space colonization sci-fi series "Mars."

'The Forever Purge" stars Mexican actors Tenoch Huerta, who played drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero in "Narcos: Mexico," and Ana de la Reguera, who was the nun Sister Encarnación in "Nacho Libre," along with Josh Lucas, who portrayed legendary UTEP basketball coach Don Haskins in "Glory Road."

The new film highlights Mexicans and Americans "coming together in the face of violence and chaos" and the reliance between both countries, Gout told Den of Geek , an entertainment pop culture website.

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“Well obviously, my country, Mexico, and the United States are entangled," Gout told Den of Geek. "Our economies are dependent, one and the other, and you usually hear more about how Mexico is dependent on America, but Mexico really fuels America and does all the jobs in America that Americans don’t want to do.

"So, there’s a big dance in between the two countries that is historical and I know it very well."

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A man convicted of fatally shooting two teenagers at a Southern California movie theater during a 2021 showing of “The Forever Purge” was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Joseph Jimenez Jr., 23, was found guilty in December of two counts of first-degree murder, as well as a sentencing enhancement of personal use of a firearm causing death.

Prosecutors said he shot Rylee Goodrich, 18, and Anthony Barajas, 19, in the back of the head as they watched a late-night showing of the horror-action film at a theater in Corona, southeast of Los Angeles, on July 26, 2021. They were the only other people in the theater.

Goodrich died at the scene. Barajas, a budding social media star, died at a hospital.

Jimenez initially pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. He was ruled sane in December by Superior Court Judge Timothy J. Hollenhorst.

In a jailhouse interview with the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Jimenez said that he had been recently diagnosed with schizophrenia but that shortly before the shooting he had stopped taking his medication because he ran out of pills.

Jimenez told the newspaper that the only way he could save himself from the victims was to shoot them.

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The Forever Purge gives this political horror franchise the ending it deserves

The Forever Purge isn’t the best movie in the franchise, but it’s still a freaky good time.

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“They’re fine. Very fun. Political, but clumsy about it.”

Moments after the credits rolled on The Forever Purge , the latest entry in Blumhouse Productions’ popular horror-action franchise, I turned on my phone and spotted a text message from a scary-movie-loving friend, asking if it was any good.

“It was a Purge movie,” I replied, before following up with the succinct review above. The Forever Purge doesn’t reinvent the wheel in terms of its execution (though not for a lack of trying). But it’s a perfect encapsulation of everything good and bad about this franchise, which has been cranked up for one last joyride through a uniquely American apocalypse.

The Forever Purge isn’t the best movie in the franchise (that honor goes to either the original or The First Purge , which is somewhat confusingly the fourth in the series). But this potentially final entry in the saga brings its story to a natural conclusion, delivering an imperfect action-thriller with a graceless political message that still offers just enough bite to piss off some Americans and lure others back to their local movie theater.

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With the NFFA back in power, the Purge is back too.

Since the first film hit theaters in 2013, The Purge franchise has been delivering more-or-less the same cinematic experience on a semi-regular basis. Created by James DeMonaco, who wrote all five films and directed the first three ( Forever was directed by franchise newcomer Everardo Gout), The Purge imagines a funhouse-mirror version of America in which, for one night every year, all crime is legal. (For the sake of these movies that mostly means murder, but I’d pay good money to see The Purge 6: Tax Fraud .)

The Forever Purge picks up at the start of yet another Purge night, apparently the first since The New Founding Fathers of America (the political party that instituted it to begin with) was swept out of office in 2016’s Purge: Election Year . Unfortunately, another election cycle has put this party back in power.

The evening itself comes and goes quickly with little incident for any of our main characters, but the following day sees the violence and killings continue. Unfortunately, the Purge is back with a vengeance — and not even the government can control it this time.

We soon learn that a coordinated white supremacist movement across the United States nicknamed “Purge Forever After” has decided to keep the Purge going as a way to “take back” the country and kill all non-whites, in defiance of the NFFA’s guidelines. (It’s never made clear how the attack was coordinated or who’s in charge, and the fact that 90% of the plot is delivered via TV and radio breaking news bulletins doesn’t help much either.)

In response to this unplanned Purge extension, Mexico and Canada decide to open their borders for just six hours, giving American refugees a chance to escape before they seal those borders indefinitely. This gives our main characters (a group of rich, white American ranchers and blue-collar Mexican immigrants, all forced to work together) a deadline under which they must navigate an apocalyptic Texas and cross the border to safety.

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Tenoch Huerta in The Forever Purge .

Admittedly, the politics of The Forever Purge are as muddled as its plot. They’re also just as entertaining, and I mean that in a good way.

This is a movie in which a handcuffed skinhead with a swastika tattoo on his face shouts, “What did I do wrong?” There’s no question that the villains here are white supremacists inspired by a fear-mongering political party, one made up of rich white guys who’ve managed to convince their citizenry that the real villains are hard-working immigrants. (The Purge franchise has never been particularly subtle.)

Some of the movie’s best laughs come from playing with this absurd dynamic. When a radio broadcaster reveals that Americans were now scrambling to cross the border into Mexico, the audience at my screening groaned and guffawed in equal measure. Earlier, an Aryan-looking TV news host describes the Purge as “Americans celebrating their freedom,” which I’m pretty sure is a direct quote from Tucker Carlson.

Ultimately, the message of Forever Purge seems to be that America is great when we all work together — and also that Nazis are bad. But this isn’t a movie interested in discussing the deeper roots of American racism, especially because the surface-level stuff is so easy to mock. Maybe Blumhouse is saving its take on Critical Race Theory for the next one? Sign me up for Purge: Civil War.

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Despite coming in at just 103 minutes, The Forever Purge feels like it lasts, well, forever.

The acting in Forever Purge is similarly passable without digging too deep. Ana de la Reguera and Tenoch Huerta are likable enough as the Mexican couple trying to make it back home, while Josh Lucas plays a convincing racist-with-a-heart-of-gold who learns to become a better person — but only after a more unrepentant racist shoves a gun in his face.

None of these performances are painful to watch, but they are largely forgettable. While I can appreciate that half the fun of this franchise is its grindhouse flair, it wouldn’t hurt for Blumhouse to shell out for a few recognizable faces to really elevate the proceedings. The first Purge movie starred Ethan Hawke! So how did we get to the point where I don’t recognize a single name on The Forever Purge’ s IMDb page ?

To be clear, none of this is enough to ruin the fun of The Forever Purge , but all these flaws combined make for a somewhat disappointing end to the franchise. (Executive producer Jason Blum and creator DeMonaco have gone back and forth on whether we’ll get a sixth movie, though this one certainly leaves the door open for another sequel.)

Despite clocking in at just 103 minutes, The Forever Purge feels like it lasts, well, forever. Hopefully, if the series does return, we’ll be offered a more dramatically satisfying end to its central story. But if not, at least it was fun while it lasted.

The Forever Purge will be released in theaters on Friday, July 2.

This article was originally published on June 30, 2021

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2021, Action/Mystery & thriller, 1h 43m

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Adela (Ana de la Reguera, Cowboys & Aliens) and her husband Juan (Tenoch Huerta, Days of Grace) live in Texas, where Juan is working as a ranch hand for the wealthy Tucker family. Juan impresses the Tucker patriarch, Caleb (Will Patton, Halloween), but that fuels the jealous anger of Caleb’s son, Dylan (Josh Lucas, Ford v Ferrari). On the morning after The Purge, a masked gang of killers attacks the Tucker family--including Dylan’s wife (Cassidy Freeman, HBO’s The Righteous Gemstones), and his sister (Leven Rambin, The Hunger Games), forcing both families to band together and fight back as the country spirals into chaos and the United States begins to disintegrate around them.

Rating: R (Strong/Bloody Violence|Language Throughout)

Genre: Action, Mystery & thriller, Horror

Original Language: English

Director: Everardo Gout

Producer: Jason Blum , Michael Bay , Andrew Form , Brad Fuller , Sebastien K. Lemercier , James DeMonaco

Writer: James DeMonaco

Release Date (Theaters): Jul 2, 2021  wide

Release Date (Streaming): Sep 14, 2021

Box Office (Gross USA): $44.5M

Runtime: 1h 43m

Production Co: Blumhouse Productions, Universal Pictures, Platinum Dunes, Perfect World Pictures, Man in A Tree

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

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Ana de la Reguera

Dylan Tucker

Tenoch Huerta

Leven Rambin

Harper Tucker

Will Patton

Caleb Tucker

Cassidy Freeman

Cassidy Tucker

Alejandro Edda

Verónica Falcón

Susie Abromeit

Mrs. Hardin

Anthony Molinari

Will Brittain

Everardo Gout

James DeMonaco

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Michael Bay

Andrew Form

Brad Fuller

Sebastien K. Lemercier

Jeanette Volturno

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Luis David Sansans

Cinematographer

Todd E. Miller

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Production Design

Susan Alegria

Art Director

Leah Butler

Costume Design

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The Purge movies have been fascinating to watch; going from low rent horror to action films with a heavy political edge. And here we are, the most action-oriented and politically driven film yet. You thought Election Year had commentary? Good lord, build a wall round this film because it's overflowing. I'm not saying that as a bad thing per se, I actually liked the commentary it had. Whether or not you agree with what they're saying may alter your opinion, but to me it never felt particularly preachy and in some cases asked questions and raised points that were worthwhile. Yeah there's a fair share of "racism is bad, we went there!" stuff, but the more subtle moments are pretty great. As far as the overall narrative and flow of the film, it's one of the best in the franchise. The reluctant crew escaping the purge is an interesting band, and the premise of the Ever After Purge is interesting. Seeing this apocalyptic state of America burning to the ground is as interesting as it is eerie. The Purge films have never been great cinema, but at their best they've at least been fun or interesting. The Forever Purge probably isn't the most fun (that still goes to Anarchy), but it is the most interesting. I liked it, and if this really is the final film in the franchise (yeah right!) it's a great ending.

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The disclosure in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission raised investor qualms, depressing shares of both Chevron and Hess. Chevron’s stock price fell 3% Tuesday morning before rebounding; Hess stock lost 4% of its value but bounced back slightly.

Chevron’s acquisition of Hess would add this major oil field in Guyana as well as shale properties in the Bakken Formation in North Dakota. Guyana is a country of 791,000 people that is poised to become the world’s fourth-largest offshore oil producer, placing it ahead of Qatar, the United States, Mexico and Norway. It has become a major producer in recent years, with oil giants including Exxon Mobil, China’s CNOOC, and Hess squared off in a heated competition for highly lucrative oil fields in northern South America.

Chevron said it’s been engaged in discussion with Exxon and CNOOC, aka China National Offshore Oil Co. Both companies hold rights of first refusal for decisions regarding the oil field in question, known as the Stabroek Block. Exxon Mobil operates the Stabroek Block and holds 45% interest. Hess holds 30% interest, and CNOOC holds the remaining 25% interest. Production capacity at the field is expected to reach more than 1.2 million barrels per day by the end of 2027, Exxon said in November.

If those discussions and subsequent arbitration fail to set aside those first refusal rights, Chevron said, “the merger would not close.”

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How to Watch Purge Movies In Order

The Purge has emerged from its high-concept original film (What if for one annual night all crime was legal?) into a lightly sprawling franchise, mixing horror, action, and politics all in one. If you want to watch the Purge franchise in order to see its events unfold chronologically, start with the conveniently titled First Purge , which was actually the fourth movie released overall.

  • Recommended: Oral History of the  Purge  Movies with Jason Blum and James DeMonaco

To become a true Purge completionist, the next movie to watch isn’t actually a movie at all: It’s actually the TV series that ran for two seasons starting in 2018. The second season, considered the best thing to come out of the franchise by diehards, ends with an explicit tie-in to the original Purge movie, starring Ethan Hawke. From there, you can watch the rest of the franchise chronologically as they released in theaters, with Anarchy , Election Year , and now the latest,  Forever Purge .

Watch all 5 Purge movies in order with the list below! — Alex Vo

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The netflix success of 1 disappointing $77m horror movie bodes well for its sequel.

Many movies get a second shot at life on Netflix, and one horror film with a disappointing box office is seeing interest that bodes well for a sequel.

  • The Forever Purge underperformed at the box office but found success on Netflix, indicating ongoing viewer interest in the franchise.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic likely impacted the film's theatrical earnings, making its Netflix popularity expected and not surprising.
  • The positive response on Netflix suggests that The Purge 6 could restore the franchise's former glory and attract audiences back to theaters.

Netflix has a habit of giving movies a second life, and that's happening with a 2021 horror release that made a disappointing $77 million at the box office but is finding success on the platform — a positive sign for the film's upcoming sequel. Many box office flops have become massive streaming hits after arriving on Netflix, and the streamer has rejuvenated interest in several forgotten TV shows as well. That's one of the benefits of bringing a piece of content to a wider audience following its theatrical or cable run: it gets another shot at snagging their attention, and oftentimes, it succeeds.

This is happening with the most-recent installment in a beloved horror franchise, which saw disappointing returns when it initially hit theaters. The movie's Netflix success suggests that viewer interest remains strong , and other circumstances may have been responsible for its drop in earnings. That's good news, as another sequel has already been confirmed.

The Forever Purge Is Seeing Success On Netflix (Despite Having The Lowest Earnings)

The Forever Purge has made its way onto Netflix, and the latest sequel in The Purge franchise is seeing success on the streaming platform despite a disappointing theatrical run. The fifth Purge movie grossed the lowest at the worldwide box office of the entire series , bringing in just under $77 million (via The Numbers ). This wouldn't be disappointing for every film. However, with previous installments grossing more than $100 million apiece, this sequel marked a drop in earnings for the horror franchise. Of course, its 2021 release date likely played a role, as the COVID-19 pandemic was heavily impacting movie theaters at the time.

With that in mind, the Netflix success of The Forever Purge isn't all that surprising. The fact that the film landed in Netflix's Top 10 most-viewed English-language movies proves that its earnings aren't indicative of overall interest in the franchise. With plenty of people hitting play on the streamer, it seems the interest in The Purge series is alive and well .

The Sequel's Netflix Success Proves There's Still Interest In The Franchise

A purger rides a horse in The Forever Purge

The Forever Purge 's performance on Netflix proves that extenuating circumstances likely contributed to its disappointing box office run. It's either that, or the movie is being viewed in a new light several years after its release. Given the pandemic's effects on the box office, which can still be felt to a lesser degree today, it's probably the former. The Forever Purge still did fairly well given the climate, though it failed to break the top 50 highest-grossing movies of 2021 (via Box Office Mojo ) and trailed behind several other horror hits, including A Quiet Place Part II and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.

Still, if the most-recent Purge movie is finding a second life on Netflix, it's probably safe to say that moviegoers are still interested in stories set in this world. Prior to The Forever Purge 's release, previous installments had seen a steady increase in box office earnings, with The First Purge reaching a series high of $137 million. Such considerations bode well for The Purge 6 , which is reportedly moving forward and could restore the franchise to its former glory.

Why The Forever Purge's Streaming Comeback Bodes Well For The Purge 6

A composite image of various masked villains from The Purge movies

The Forever Purge 's box office decline didn't deter Blumhouse from moving forward with the franchise, as The Purge 6 was still planned following the 2021 film's release. The sequel seems to be in limbo, but Jason Blum himself confirmed it's happening in October 2023, and The Forever Purge 's Netflix performance indicates that's for the best. With more viewers checking out the previous film, there's a good chance The Purge 6 will pull people back into theaters. And while there's no indication of what the sequel's theme will be, the fifth movie suggested the purge period could extend beyond the established 12 hours.

Whatever route the horror franchise takes, The Purge 6 's theatrical performance will serve as an indicator of the series' health . Given the external circumstances surrounding its release, The Forever Purge can't be used as a barometer for viewer interest. And the movie's Netflix run would muddy the water anyway, as it contradicts the decreasing box office performance, suggesting a sequel is needed to determine where the series goes from here.

Source: The Numbers

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Joseph Jimenez Jr: Man who fatally shot 2 teens in California movie theater in 2021 gets life in prison despite pleading insanity

L OS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Joseph Jimenez Jr, 23, the remorseless gunman behind the fatal shootings of influencer Rylee Goodrich, 18, and TikTok star Anthony Barajas, 19, in a California movie theater, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The ruthless killings occurred during a late-night showing of 'The Forever Purge' on July 26, 2021, at the Regal Edwards Corona Crossings in Los Angeles.

Jimenez, 23, initially pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, claiming he suffered from schizophrenia and had ceased taking his medication because he ran out of pills before the shooting. However, Superior Court Judge Timothy J Hollenhorst ruled that the suspect was sane during the shootings.

Timeline of Joseph Jimenez Jr's shooting

The judge highlighted Jimenez's "normal interaction" with a female concession worker before the movie where he asked for her phone number and his subsequent actions, including stealing Goodrich's wallet after the "execution-style" murders.

During the trial, Jimenez's former friend, Carlos Gonzalez, testified that he had exhibited strange behavior, muttering to himself at dinner on the night of the shooting, according to ABC 7 . The friend revealed that Jimenez said "I can't do that to them" during the film, prompting them to leave the theater.

Gonzalez expressed regret, stating that if he had known Jimenez's deadly intentions, he would have taken more substantial steps to prevent the tragedy.

Judge claims Jimenez Jr did not inform police about auditory hallucinations

Following the unprovoked killings, Jimenez was arrested at his home the next day, where police discovered a gun matching the caliber of the murder weapon. Despite extensive investigations, no connection was found between the suspect and the victims, pointing to the senselessness of the crime.

Judge Hollenhorst further mentioned that, following the incident, Jimenez swiftly exited through an emergency door and did not promptly inform the Corona police about the voices he claimed to have heard. "There is no question that the defendant suffers from schizophrenia… It is also clear to this court that the defendant was not treating his mental health issues appropriately by not regularly taking his medication," the judge stated during the trial.

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The purge universe: what order should you watch every purge movie and show.

It's the perfect time to figure out how to watch all the movies, in the order of how the events happen. Here is a chronological order for The Purge.

The Purge Universe is one of the most successful horror film franchises of all time.

The original movie, The Purge, which debuted in 2013, made $90 million at the US box office on just a $3 million budget. That was good enough for it to spawn a universe consisting of three sequels, a prequel, and even a TV series. As of right now, the entire franchise has brought in over $6.2 billion worldwide. 

The synopsis behind The Purge Universe centers around an alternate version of the US - where once a year, for one day only, all crime is made legal. Perhaps making the situation even scarier, most of the purgers (aka the people doing all the killing in this dystopian reality) wear grotesque masks while committing their acts of violence. The films also tend to focus on a group of characters who are preparing for and trying to survive the 24-hour purge period.

Over the course of five films and one TV series, you learn much more about the origin of the purge, including who started it and why. 

The Purge Universe in chronological order

The fifth film in the franchise, The Forever Purge, just released. So, it's the perfect time to figure out how to watch all the movies in the order of how the events happen. Here, then, is a chronological order for The Purge Universe. If you’d prefer to watch by release date, we’ve included that order at the bottom.

NOTE: THERE MAY BE SPOILERS BELOW.

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The first film in Pocket-lint's viewing order is actually the fourth entry in the franchise. The First Purge shows the events of, you guessed it, the first purge. The film reveals that a new political party, known as the New Founding Fathers of America, emerged and won the presidency of the US. 

The film follows the first experimental Purge in 2017. it is limited to Staten Island in New York. It's the brainchild of Sociologist Dr. May Updale (Marisa Tomei), who promises it will help to save the country, as it’s the only way for people to let out their pent-up anger. The story focuses on a drug kingpin named Dmitri (Y’lan Noel), as well as his brother and sister Isaiah (Joivan Wade) and Nya Charm (Lex Scott Davis), as they try to survive.

But the government makes things difficult for them, as it sends in people to instigate violence and murder during the first purge. 

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  • The Purge (2013 - movie)

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The very first Purge film actually takes place in the year 2022 and follows the events of the sixth purge. The story centers around Ethan Hawke’s James Sandin, a security system designer who’s made a lucrative career out of purge-proofing homes. We follow Sandin’s family as they lock up their own home and wait for the purge to end. But things take a turn for the worse when Sandin’s son, Charlie (Max Burkholder), lets a wounded man into the home. 

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  • The Purge: Anarchy (2014 - movie)

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The Purge: Anarchy picks up a year after the first film, The Purge, and sees the beginning of a resistance taking shape against the annual purge.

It opens with anti-purge protestors, which include Dwayne (Edwin Hodge), the stranger who was let into the Sandin’s home in the first film. He hijacks the government's broadcasting system to denounce the purge. The film then follows Eva Sanchez (Carmen Ejoga) and her 17-year-old daughter Cali (Zoe Soul) as they try to survive the purge with the help of Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo), a Los Angeles police sergeant who is out to get revenge in the purge. 

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  • The Purge (2018 to 2019 - TV show)

The Purge TV series ran for two seasons on the USA Network. Each season covers a different purge.

The first season takes place in what would be 2027 in The Purge Universe and follows different characters from a small city trying to survive the night. The second season follows a new set of characters and breaks new ground by showing how events unfold in the day after the annual purge. There’s not a concrete time for the second season, but it takes place between the first season and the next film in our order, The Purge: Election Year. 

A bonus for those who make it through the entire show: You can catch Ethan Hawke reprising his role during a flashback in the final episode of season two.

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  • The Purge: Election Year (2016 - movie)

The Purge: Election Year

Election Year takes place in 2040 and sees the events of the 25th Purge. The film shows that the political party that started The Purge, the New Founding Fathers of America, has begun to lose its grasp on power. When an anti-purge candidate, Charlene Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), seems poised to win the presidency, the New Founding Fathers revoke the immunity that political figures enjoy during the annual purge and plan to kill Roan. 

Fortunately, Roan’s head of security is Frank Grillo’s Leo Barnes, who reprises his role from The Purge Anarchy. Edwin Hodge also reprises his role from the first two films and is now leading an underground purge resistance. 

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  • The Forever Purge (2021 - movie)

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The most recent film is also the last movie in the franchise, chronologically. The film stars Ana De La Reguera, Tenoch Huerta, and Josh Lucas.

The Forever Purge picks up eight years after the events of Election Year. It's also been eight years since Charlene Roan became president, but the New Founding Fathers have won the most recent election and reinstituted the annual purge. But when they say the purge is over this year, the purgers don’t stop. 

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OK, so here is the at-a-glance version of the guide above, but free of spoilers.

The Purge movies and show in order of release date

Here's a viewing order that lists when the Purge movies hit theatres and when the show debuted, starting with the first entry up until the most recent.

  • The Purge TV Series (2018 to 2019 - TV show)

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How To Watch The Purge Movies In Order

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Readers, it’s time to Purge once more, as The Forever Purge brings the series that saw an alternate America legalize all crime for one night back to theaters. The supposedly final chapter in Blumhouse ’s hit franchise, The Purge movies kind of have the same issue that the Fast and Furious movies do. When it comes to watching the films in order, it’s not a totally straightforward enterprise to know what order to watch them in.

Of course, if you’re going to make your way through the history of the New Founding Fathers of America and the holiday they created, you have two options. You can either watch the films in the order they were released, or you can watch The Purge unfold in chronological order. No matter which way you decide to enjoy the franchise, we’re about to hand you the guide that’ll lay it all out on the line. Let’s start with how most of the world enjoyed their first Purge experience: in order of release date.

The Purge Movies By Release Date Order

With The Purge becoming an unexpected hit in 2013 , another Blumhouse success story was born. From that point, four theatrical sequels were produced, running up to this summer’s debut of The Forever Purge . So if you want to watch the series as it was released, here’s the order you should use:

The Purge (2013)The Purge: Anarchy (2014)The Purge: Election Year (2016)The First Purge (2018)The Forever Purge (2021)

Of course, hindsight is 20/20; and The Forever Purge is a theatrical release. So if you want to be sure you’re caught up before you head out to a theater near you, you’re going to want to watch the movies in chronological order. In which case, this next list is for you.

The Purge Movies, In Chronological Story Order

The thing about the Purge movies is that most of them involve different stories and characters than the others, which means it's mainly the world in which the films are set that remains the same. With almost a decade of Purge movies, and roughly double that many years covered in the history presented in the franchise, chronological story order is key. If you want to get a straight and narrow telling of how the annual Purge got off the ground, you’re going to have to start at the beginning. Luckily enough, the first movie in The Purge series is easy enough to spot.

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The First Purge

Kicking off the story of The Purge franchise in the year 2017, The First Purge shows us the first execution of the “NFFA Social Experiment.” Taking place over the usual 12 hour period, but limited to Staten Island, the night that led to The Purge and all of its sequels is on full display. The rules are a bit different, but the ruthless heart of this dark satirical thriller is still there. Not to mention, the true history of Purge Night’s dark origins are revealed, with the consequences set to reverberate over the course of nearly two decades.

Moving into the future of the franchise, The Purge brings us to the fifth annual Purge in 2022. Purge Night is now a nationally established tradition, with the New Founding Fathers of America being able to claim low unemployment and no crime rate, thanks to one night where America releases the beast. The Purge is also notable for introducing us to “The Bloody Stranger” (Edwin Hodge), a man who would eventually serve a greater purpose in this reborn nation. And it won't take long to see the results, as this stranger reappears in the next film in line.

The Purge: Anarchy

One year after The Purge , another Purge Night is up and running in The Purge: Anarchy . The mythos of this alternate America grows with the sixth annual Purge, and 2023 introduces the anti-Purge movement that’s grown in the year. Key characters that are introduced in the third Purge film are would-be purger Leo Barnes ( Frank Grillo ) and Carmelo Johns (Michael K. Williams,) the leader of the anti-Purge resistance. Also returning is Dante Bishop, still known as “The Stranger,” another player in the forces that are trying to derail the NFFA’s power structure.

The Purge: Election Year

Brace yourselves, because The Purge series jumps pretty far ahead into the future. The Purge: Election Year zooms to the year 2040, as Leo Barnes is now a Secret Service agent protecting presidential hopeful Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell). For the first time, the Purge Night restriction that kept politicians of a certain level of status safe has been revoked, leaving Senator Roan and Leo to survive the night. Lucky for them, Dante Bishop and Carmelo Johns are still in play; with Johns only being mentioned in this installment.

The Forever Purge

Originally, The Forever Purge was meant to be the final brick in the wall of this franchise . Set in the aftermath of The Purge: Election Year , the year 2041 sees an America where the Purge has supposedly been rejected by the government. Of course, there’s a chance that it’s been reinstituted, or at least that seems to be the goal of the new batch of crazies that want to make sure America lives up to the film’s title. These cowpokes want to Purge forever , and they’ll do anything they can to make sure they have the right.

Should The Purge continue after The Forever Purge’s release , there will probably be a bunch of new history to learn, and more pieces involved in this crazy game. But for now, if you want to catch up or brush up on your alternate American history, you’ve got the tools to do just that. Your Purge experience awaits, as the whole theatrical franchise is available to stream (check out our Purge movies streaming guide), as well as its two season TV series . And you can read up on the basics of how Purge Night works here.Happy Purge viewing, dear readers!

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The Forever Purge Ending Explained: What Was Meant to Be the End May Now Be a New Beginning

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Warning: Full spoilers for The Forever Purge follow...

Those who've already watched The Forever Purge witnessed what was originally meant to be the end of the Purge saga . That is until creator James DeMonaco had an idea a few months ago on how to continue the series. Even after the total implosion of America at the finish of the film.

Need a full Purge series catch-up? We broke down the entire saga in chronological order...

The Forever Purge Movie Ending Explained

That's right, (once again, spoilers ) The Forever Purge wraps things up with all of America in flames, the entire nation having been taken over by the NFFA's most racist and violent voting base - to the point where even the NFFA itself was battling back against these Ever After Purgers. Speaking with DeMonaco, he had this to say about the way the movie left things: "The love story was at the heart of everything. I wanted to follow this cyclical journey of these people coming from Mexico and seeking the American dream in an America that was dying. And then returning home. We flipped everything on its head and Mexico becomes the safe haven. And people are now going that way, and everything is turned upside-down. I thought that was an interesting way to take it."

In the film, Ana de la Reguera (Army of the Dead) and Tenoch Huerta (the upcoming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) star as the Mexican couple, Adela and Juan, who flee their country only to find that things are even worse in the United States.

"Like I've said, I thought it was the end [of the Purge universe ]," DeMonaco explained. "I thought I was painting the end of this kind of country in a way. So how do I go forward? And then I woke up one day and was like, 'I think I figured it out.' I can't give it away. I wish I could, but they'd kill me.

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"I think I came up with the way that sort of changes the geographical structure of the nation, in a way that allows us to proceed and really, hopefully, expand the franchise into something bigger. I hope we can go and take things a little bigger now. But at first I thought it was definitively an ending. But even with that ending, I think some of the current politics fed into something new that I think I can create."

Shooting That One-Shot Action Scene

The Forever Purge not only extends the Purge Night carnage out into the day as the Ever After Purge consumes everything in its path, but the franchise, for the first time, uses a one-shot -- a "oner" -- to follow our heroes through the chaos.

"As soon as I wrote the El Paso sequence in the script, Everardo [Gout], our director, said, 'I want to do it as a oner,'" DeMonaco laughed. "I remember his original thought was, 'I want to do the whole thing in a oner,' and I was like, 'That's going to be a 15-minute oner, man.' I'm like, 'You're insane.' And he kept pushing, and I think it ended up being about two minutes. At some point I think it was actually longer. We may have cut a little bit of it. But he pulled it off. We shot it on the Universal lot and it was a crazy night. He pulled it off. He had it in his head the whole time. We had a tank and a helicopter. It was crazy to do. The actors had to hit their marks.

"It's not that I'm not a fan of oners, but I think they're just a gimmick sometimes, to be honest," he said. "Sometimes it feels like the filmmaker is just playing a game. But there's something that Everardo did that just makes it into such a visceral experience. He captured something. It's beautifully done."

Star Ana de la Reguera also spoke to us about that big tracking shot. "That was very exciting, but also very scary," she said. But also we worked all night. We had to rehearse the whole thing with choreography because it's all one shot with no cuts. We were at Universal Studios and we were inside of a truck and then as the truck went along you could see what we were looking out from inside the truck. And then the camera comes out of the truck and follows us through the whole town. And it's a cool moment in the movie because there are these bombs and these fire shots and special effects and water and gas."

It might've been a cool moment, but the actress also says it was pretty scary.

"And I was terrified because if anything goes wrong -- like you could slip, you could get hit, there's real fire... so we had to go through that," she said. "So I was screaming outside of the frame, when I wasn't in the shot for real. In the shot I was acting like I was tough and when I wasn't in it I was like, 'Ahhhhh!' I was so afraid. And then when the camera would go back on me I would change my expression into something back in the moment. But it was a lot of fun too. It was a team effort."

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