The Purge: Anarchy Trailer Warns There Are No Heroes On Purge Night

"If you're not purging, we advise you to get off the streets. It'll soon be a war out there."

The first Purge movie showed us what the annual "Purge" is like for a family locked inside their own home. The sequel will take the Purge to the streets, revealing the horror that awaits those trapped out in the open when all crime, including murder, is legal for a twelve-hour period.

The Purge: Anarchy is set in the not-so-distant future where -- in an effort to deal with rising crime and unemployment -- the newly formed government allows crime to be legal for one night a year. Citizens aren't merely permitted to "purge" their violence and frustration on each other, but encouraged to do so. While some will lock themselves inside their homes for the night -- see James DeMonaco's 2013 film The Purge -- others from all walks of life take to the streets to unleash their demons. James DeMonaco returned to direct the followup, The Purge: Anarchy, which stars Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez and Michael K. Williams.

Let's take a closer look at the trailer, which shows off Frank Grillo, whose character appears to be grieving and out for vengeance...


From what we see of Grillo's character later, it looks like Leo is willing to help out some of the people trying not to become victims of the Purge.

Less supportive is the giddy woman on stage, offering up a crop of scared people for bidding at some kind of Purge auction...

Purge auction

Rich people.

We also see some guy hung up outside a building...


Any idea what the sign says? Zoomed in, it looks like the bottom part says "Now he's gone." But I can't make out what the top part says...

Sign up

And then there's these guys, armed to the teeth and cruising through a tunnel or a building or something while one guy shoots flames at a pedestrian...


We also see some very angry looking dogs...


And plenty of other mayhem...


Beyond the official rules of the Purge, the trailer also teases the "unwritten" rule, which is that "we don't save lives." The Purge is a night to take ives and people participating can't have any interference. There are no heroes on Purge night.

I guess we'll see about that.

The Purge: Anarchy arrives in theaters July 18.

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