The First Purge trailer shows how a tradition was started

Witness the birth of an annual night of horrors in The First Purge trailer

The first trailer for The First Purge has arrived, promising an origin story of sorts for the one night a year when all crime is legal. It’s the fourth Purge movie in the series and the first not to be directed by James DeMonaco, although he’s still on screenplay duties while Gerard McMurray (Burning Sands) steps behind the camera.

“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 marginalised, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.”

The film stars Marisa Tomei, Lex Scott Davis, Luna Lauren Velez Melonie Diaz, Mo McRea, Steve Harris, Y’lan Noel, Jermel Howard and Patch Darragh.

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