Dir. James DeMonaco Starring Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson
The Purge trilogy comes to a close with this extremely topical and well-timed final installment, out in time to make a pretty blunt political statement for the turbulent times in which we live. One of the things that I debated was whether this was truly a horror film, but the more I thought about it, the more I came to the conclusion – yes, it is, and what's more the whole trio has a distinctive horror undertone to it. The first is a chilling home invasion piece, starting the series off with a very focussed and small story that introduces the core concept in a very human way. The second piece shows you what it is like on the streets on the night of The Purge, and the nightmarish scenarios that can bring, expanding the issues and widening the canvas immensely. The third steps even further, looking at what would happen if The Purge's existence were to actually come under threat, an epic closing battle between the pro and anti forces. In a sense, it's the ideal way to wrap things up, and does a lot of what you would want it to do.
Some people have all the luck, whenever I go out exploring the countryside all I ever encounter is a bunch of unwashed locals walking their pit bulls and loads of midges. What I would give to be picked up by a pair of bisexual vampire ladies intent of having their wicked way with me before feasting on my special ginger blood.
Which, is exactly what happens in this remake of José Ramón Larraz’s 1974 cult erotic chiller Vampyres. In this lazy age of shoddy remakes and lazy sequels, one must wonder why the filmmakers decide on resurrecting this obscure but groundbreaking horror film.