Ranking “The Purge” movies from Best to Worst

“Commencing at the siren, any and all crime, including murder, will be legal for 12 continuous hours…”

Since I’m running low on new programming for television, I thought it would be the perfect time to go back and binge-watch all of The Purge films. I’m a huge fan of the franchise and I also absolutely loved the television series. I’m still disappointed that it was canceled, but I’m looking forward to seeing Purge 5, even though I’m sure the release will be delayed for some time.

There’s just something about these films. They are highly entertaining and addicting! The masks are creepy, the death scenes are cringe-worthy, and the characters truly make you want to root for them. Each film reveals another aspect of Purge Night, which prevents these movies from feeling repetitive while still keeping you on the edge of your seat.

Please note some spoilers are ahead.

Without any further delay, let’s find out exactly how I ranked The Purge films and why.

1

The Purge: Anarchy

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The sequel is rarely better than the original movie, but I absolutely adore the second film in the franchise and it is my absolute favorite one. Released in 2014, The Purge: Anarchy stars Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Kiele Sanchez, and Zoë Soul.

While the first movie focused on a home invasion, the second film gives us a chance to see Purge Night on the streets. We follow Frank Grillo’s character, Leo, who is the ultimate bad-ass of this franchise. Leo is looking to Purge after losing his son, but he runs into a group of strangers and decides to intervene to help save them.

Standout Purger:

Who can forget the Purger in the creepy God mask? The wave really seals the deal and makes you want to run for your life. I absolutely love that the mask later appeared in The Purge series (season 2), giving us a fun Easter Egg and a bit of an origin story.

2

The Purge

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The original Purge film really came out of nowhere. It was a lower budget film and it ended up being very successful. Released in 2013, The Purge stars Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Edwin Hodge, and Adelaide Kane.

Hawke’s character, James, designed the security system for their home, as he stays in with his family on Purge Night, confident that they will be safe. However, things take a drastic turn when his son lets a bloody stranger into their home to save him, which angers some local Purgers.

The original film has a completely different feel from the other films. We focus on one individual family and their fight for survival. The film is chilling and extremely entertaining and we really connect with this family.

Standout Purger:

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The leader of this group of twisted Purgers is quite sinister. He even takes off his mask and tries to reason with James and his family. However, once he doesn’t get what he wants, he proves to be quite ruthless and a worthy opponent.

3

The Purge: Election Year

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In the third film, we finally take some time to look into the mysterious NFFA and their ties with the government. Released in 2016, The Purge: Election Year stars Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson, and Betty Gabriel.

Once again, the amazing Leo is back and better than ever. He has somehow landed a job as the head of security for Senator Charlie Roan, giving us even more bad-ass fight scenes. Seriously, he’s unstoppable. Senator Charlie Roan is running for presidency and wants to put an end to Purge Night, but the loyal followers of the NFFA refuse to give up without a fight.

After an assassination attempt is made on Charlie’s life, she and Leo end up on the streets and run into some characters who try to help protect her, recognizing what is at stake. The third film has quite a lot of action, but there is a lot going on and it gets carried away at some points.

Standout Purger:

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Who could forget the candy girls? I mean, it seems like a stretch for someone to Purge over a candy bar, but these girls are ready to seek out revenge on Joe’s deli and they show up dressed to the nines in a car covered in twinkling lights. Talk about making an entrance…

Fun fact: Elizabeth Mitchell starred in my favorite show, Lost, and the infamous Apollo Bar is the candy bar in question. Gotta love a great Easter Egg!

4

The First Purge

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The annual Purge had to start somewhere, right? The First Purge is a prequel to the franchise, allowing us to witness the first actual Purge that took place. Released in 2018, the film stars Y’lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, and Marisa Tomei.

The prequel focuses on an experiment in Staten Island. Residents are offered $5000 to stay home on Purge Night and others are given incentive to actually participate. After the dismal results, The NFFA decides to send in some guns for hire to make it appear that Purge Night is more successful than it actually is, as a group of characters fight for survival throuhgout the night.

The film has a lot of set-up, which gives it a much slower feel. However, the main action sequence toward the end of the movie featuring a raid on the apartment is extremely well done and may be my favorite scene of the entire franchise.

Standout Purger:

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They really nailed the creepy vibe and then some with Skeletor. He is the first official Purger in history and let’s just say that he is having the time of his life…

So, what’s next for The Purge? Well, the television series has been canceled, but I highly recommend that you watch it. It was a lot of fun! Purge 5 is in the works so hopefully we will get a release date soon!

Where to watch The Purge films: As of June 2020, films 1-4 can be rented on Amazon Prime & Vudu. The television series is available to stream on Hulu.

Which films did YOU enjoy most?

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Purge films in the comments section below. Thank you so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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My Ship of the week ending 8/3/19 on TV goes to…

Diana and Enzo on Younger!  Even though Liza’s relationships get the most attention on the show, Diana and Enzo deserve some recognition for being one of the most adorable ships I have seen on television in a long time.  From the first moment Enzo walked into Diana’s life as the plumber from Staten Island, I fell in love with these two and I will continue to ship them together.

**Please note some spoilers are ahead if you have not watched season 6 episode 7 yet.  Even though Diana and Enzo come from different worlds, they are willing to meet each other halfway.  Diana has actually grown so much as a character because of her relationship with Enzo, as she even finds herself boarding a ferry to Staten Island and putting up with Enzo’s judgmental mother, which is no easy task!

Diana has made some mistakes when it comes to Enzo, but she risks it all and throws appearances out the window when she finds out he is trapped in the sewer.  Even though Enzo is covered in filth, Diana embraces him, refusing to let him go.  We have witnessed so many passionate and swoon-worthy moments between these two and Diana even writes about her tale of love in the paper, revealing that she does have a softer, romantic side and reminding us that it’s never too late to find that kind of epic love that some only dream about.  

I really enjoyed Diana’s article where she talked about truly appreciating and loving the person next to you because at the end of the day, that’s the person of your dreams.  He or she may not be everything you thought you wanted, but perhaps they make you a better person and help you become a greater version of yourself.

In season 6 episode 7, Diana begins to panic when she finds out that Enzo has previously had a “one year expiration date” on all of his past relationships.  Only our girl Diana has nothing to worry about because she truly is one of a kind, as Enzo decides to spontaneously propose to her!  Diana initially comments on the lack of ring, but decides to just go with it and enthusiastically says yes, embracing the possibility of true love.

With all of the drama surrounding Charliza, Josh, and Kelsey and Zane, it was nice to just truly appreciate a couple that is head over heels in love and I can’t say enough good things about this ship.  What’s next for Diana and Enzo?  It will be interesting to see Enzo’s mother become Diana’s mother-in-law, but we know that she can hold her own!  Either way, this ship is timeless, passionate, and inspiring and I will continue to root for Diana and Enzo against all odds!

Stay tuned for a recognized Ship on TV each week!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “What We Do In The Shadows” FX Series Premiere: Fangtastically Funny

Happy Friday TV Fans!  The wait is over and What We Do In The Shadows is finally here!  The show is based on the film of the same name from 2014 and it is brought to us by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement.  If you are not familiar with the movie, it is a mockumentary following a group of vampires living together in New Zealand.  FX was awesome enough to actually play the movie the day before the series premiered, which gave me time to re-watch it and enjoy the campy horror fun.  I mean, seriously there were so many bloody dishes to clean…

If you are a fan of the film, you will absolutely fall in love with the series as well, which now takes place in Staten Island, New York.  Love that!  Even if you have never seen the film before, you will enjoy the series, which is kind of like The Office if it followed vampires.  In the series, we follow a different group of vampires, but it is set in the same universe as the movie, which means a crossover is not out of the question.  Fingers crossed!  The series introduces us to Nandor, Laszlo, Nadja, and their human familiar, Guillermo.  However, my personal favorite was an energy sucking vampire named Colin, who can bore everyone to death with dull conversation starters, which is probably the funniest part of the show so far.

Overall, I thought that the series premiere had a lot of potential and provided us with some really funny moments, especially the grocery store scene, which was laugh out loud hilarious.  Not all of the jokes landed for me, but I had the same issue with the film, so I think it comes down to comedy preference, which is not necessarily a bad thing.  However, there is a void right now in horror comedies, as shows like Ash vs Evil Dead, Stan Against Evil, and Scream Queens have all been canceled.  I still don’t get why, but that means that there is definitely room for What We Do In The Shadows to provide us with some much needed horror comedy.  We will get 10 episodes of the first season and I’m looking forward to some bloody brilliant comedy for sure!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts on What We Do In The Shadows in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Younger” season 5 episode 6: “I Didn’t Run Away”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching TV Land’s Younger season 5 episode 6 last night, I was reminded that trust is not an easy thing to earn back.  Even though we may give someone time or space, it’s difficult to promise that we will never break that trust again, leaving us swirling around in a whirlwind of uncertainty, wondering if we can ever make things right.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Sex, Liza, and Rock & Roll,” Liza is excited to meet rock star, Chrissie Hart, who proves to be beyond eccentric and extremely hilarious.  Meanwhile, Diana prepares for a sleepover at Enzo’s house and Kelsey has trouble deciding what or who she really wants.  My top 5 moments from Younger season 5 episode 6 are:

5

“It’s real and you deserve it.”

Maggie is beyond excited that her art is selected to be featured at the Whitney and she mingles at her party and meets some interested buyers, which proves that dreams really can come true.  Josh tells her, “you have officially arrived,” and I have to say that it is about time.  Maggie is so talented and her work is unique and expressive, just like her character, which makes this moment truly amazing for her.  I have to also admit that I loved the first real meeting between her and Diana, as we know that Maggie refuses to let anyone step on her.  Remember the Montana incident?  Either way, it’s great to see Maggie finally getting the attention that she deserves.

4

“I hope you’re not here to cock block me.”

Rockstar, Chrissie Hart, is writing a book for Empirical Press and requests that Charles come to pick it up personally at her home in Shelter Island.  Only Charles gets way more than he bargained for when Chrissie gives him the grand tour, which leads up to a box that supposedly contains a “ten thousand dollar dildo.”  Charles is hilarious when he shuts the box before he is scarred for life and reminds Chrissie again to provide him with the book.  When Liza shows up to help out, Charles is relieved to see her, but Chrissie reminds her that she better not cock block her because she plans on “banging his brains out.”  Charles begs Liza not to leave him alone with her, which adds to the comedy, but is Charles finally ready to let Liza back into his life and possibly his heart?

3

“I am a grape.  A very very juicy grape.”

In the beginning of the episode, we learn that Diana is preparing for a sleepover night at Enzo’s place in Staten Island and she is beyond nervous.  When Liza notices everything she has packed, she asks her, “Are you staying over or redecorating?”  Diana hilariously explains that, “I need to prepare for polyester,” but is in for a nice surprise when she walks into Enzo’s home and discovers that it is neat, clean, and well decorated.  In the morning, she is introduced to Enzo’s mother and learns that he still lives with her.  Enzo’s mother begins complaining in Italian that Diana is too old and that he brought her a raisin instead of a grape, but Diana shocks them both when she replies in Italian, “I am a grape.  A very very juicy grape,” proving that there is no one in the world who can take down Diana.  Enzo’s mother is beyond pleased that she speaks Italian and Diana reminds her that her age is none of her business.  Once again, it looks like the relationship between Diana and Enzo is proving to be a delightful surprise and Diana deserves every second of happiness.

2

“So someone like you?”

Kelsey continues to struggle with her feelings for both Jake and Zane and it only gets worse in this episode.  Zane is frustrated by Jake’s chapters and demands that Kelsey get him on the phone so that they can discuss it.  While Jake doesn’t like Zane’s “tone,” Zane harshly reminds him that he doesn’t like his chapter, which makes this rivalry a dangerous one, since it mixes both business and pleasure.  After Kelsey thinks she has it all figured out with Jake, Zane throws her a curve ball and tells her what she wants.  He says that she wants someone who can challenge her, but also make her happy.  Kelsey stops thinking with her head and begins kissing Zane passionately.  When she returns home the next morning, she tells Lauren and Josh what happened and Lauren tells her to have them both when she asks who she should choose.  While we still don’t know what Kelsey will ultimately decide, it’s only a matter of time before Jake and Zane find out about each other, but will this damage the book deal?  Will Kelsey make the right decision?  While Jake is a nice enough guy, as Zane pointed out, “Nice is code for dull,” and there is nothing dull about our girl Kelsey.

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“I didn’t run away.”

After Liza and Charles are able to escape the antics of Chrissie Hart when she passes out, Liza corners Charles and asks him, “When are you going to trust me again?”  The silence is too much for her to handle and she desperately wants to talk things through with him.  However, Charles is still not able to open up to Liza about how he is feeling and says goodnight to her.  Even though there is only a door between them, you can feel the tension brewing, wanting nothing more than to come screaming to the surface, but Charles is still not ready to put his emotions and heart on the line.  Liza is disappointed to learn that Charles leaves in the morning and she speaks to Chrissie and tells her what an inspiration she was to her and how much she helped her after her marriage fell apart and that she can continue to help others and delivers the manuscript to Charles.  When Charles asks Liza how she was able to get this, she reminds him that she didn’t run away, putting the ball back into his court.  Will Charles wait too long to let Liza know how he truly feels?  We know that Josh is waiting in the wings and it’s only a matter of time before Liza closes the door on her feelings for Charles for good.  Will Charles and Liza finally get a chance to explore a real relationship?  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on Younger below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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