Purge 5: Official title and everything else to know

Universal's The First Purge, photo via EPK.tv
Universal's The First Purge, photo via EPK.tv /

The fifth installment of the violent Purge franchise has an official title and a new setting. Although the July release date may have to be delayed.

Who knew that the 2013 low-budget home invasion thriller The Purge would spawn such a large franchise? A combination of stylized violence and thinly-veiled metaphors about social class and race, The Purge is a horror film series set in a not so distant future version of America where the government has established a yearly event called the Purge designed to help people “purge” their demons and live better lives. During the Purge, all crime, including murder, is legal for 12 hours.

However, the “holiday” as it’s celebrated is actually a device used to control the population, put in place to eliminate the lower class and further establish the wealth of one-percenters.

The latest film in the franchise was The First Purge, released in 2018. There is also a television series based on the films developed by USA that just finished its second season on Dec. 17, 2019.

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In 2018, creator of the franchise James DeMonaco confirmed that a fifth Purge was in development and will be the last. DeMonaco will return to write the script that Everardo Gout will direct and Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes will once again serve as producers.

The upcoming installment will be titled The Forever Purge. A title that definitely reflects its place as the final film of a franchise. Although when it comes to horror films, the last film is rarely the last. Remember Friday the 13 Part IV: The Final Chapter? Or Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday? Or Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare? Or Hellraiser: Bloodline? Franchises never end. I’m sure they’ll squeeze one more Purge out before it’s really over. DeMonaco spoke with Comicbook about the film in late 2018.

"“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. When I came up with the idea and pitched it to everybody, they seemed psyched, and I think it will be a really cool ending, how we take this one home.”"

Details about the upcoming film are being kept on the down-low, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, The Forever Purge takes the franchise outside of its usual metropolitan setting while continuing to show class and race issues the same way the previous films have.

A rural setting maybe? Ana de la Reguera will star in the lead role alongside Leven Rambin, Will Patton, Cassidy Freeman, and Tenoch Huerta. Filming had already wrapped before it could be affected by COVID-19 so production has not been halted however, the release will likely be changed to a later date.

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The Forever Purge was set for release on July 10, 2020, but the date will likely move, depending on current circumstances.