‘The First Purge’ Director Drew Inspiration From Real Life

June 19, 2018

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

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This July we will witness The First Purge, from director Gerard McMurray. Recently he revealed that he found real-life inspiration that underscores the prequel’s theme of government’s abuse of power.

Right now we’re living in a time where people are waking up and seeing how things really are and are needing to stand up and voice their opinion,” McMurray stated to Deadline. “As a filmmaker, showing those images and putting it out there gave me a voice to acknowledge what was going on and bring some awareness and spark dialogue about it.”
He continued. “We see events that taking place in this country over the last year. I just try to use what was going on in the real world and trying to bring it into the film. I felt like horror films wrestle with the evils of real life, and that was one of the things I wanted to do with this film.”We’re fighting for real injustices [in the film]. The fact that it’s a genre horror film, it’s not real, but I still wanted pay homage [to Black Lives Matter] and do things I thought it would be great.”

McMurray directed from the screenplay penned by James DeMonaco and stars Y’Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez, and Marisa Tomei.
“Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge. To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.”
This Independence Day (July 4, 2018) we will witness The First Purge in theaters, from Universal Pictures.

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