It’s day thirty-one and the final day of my HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE where I have to see a horror movie a day during the month of October and write a short review for each one.
THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR works on a simple premise, where-by in the future America, once a year, during 12 hour period called THE PURGE, every crime, including murder, is forgiven. Senator Charlie Roan, whose family had been massacred during one of the purges is now in the race for presidency, her first action if she wins will be to cancel THE PURGE. But in the election year the new rules declare, that no one is immune from THE PURGE. Now as she is being hunted down by her opponent, Charlie is on the run. What will it take to win the election and how far will she be prepared to go?
Written and directed by James DeMonaco THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR is the third instalment in the series. DeMonaco had come up with the idea, penned and helmed all three films, and in the ELECTION YEAR the good writing has met the right budget. It is the best of the three.
The movie is not afraid to spend time establishing the characters and this pays off in the long run. The protagonists are easy to identify with and to care for. The premise is simple and effective, and mirroring the reality of the modern world, making this feature borderline terrifying. The creepy villain and buckets of gore turns it into an intense watch and to top it all, the film does not have a singe boring moment. With the action streaming, in the vein of my favourite TVs show "24", there's barely time to catch one's breath.
Unknowingly to myself, I saved the best for last. I am finally giving the movie a perfect score. This is a perfect end for my Halloween challenge.
SCARY SCORE: 👻👻👻👻
GORE SCORE: 🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡
SCARE SCORE: 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃