DRACULA UNTOLD, THE WALKING DEAD, THE PURGE: ANARCHY and More Coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2014

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Dracula Untold doesn’t hit theaters until October 17th, but it seems as though Universal expects it to draw a crowd because the movie will have a presence at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights 2014.  The event kicks off on September 19th and will feature the Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood maze in which you’ll meet Vlad the Impaler and get a sense of what goes down when he chooses to swap his humanity for a never-ending thirst for blood.

Hit the jump for more on the Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood maze as well as details on some of the other properties to be featured at Halloween Horror Nights this year.

Zach Gilford Talks THE PURGE: ANARCHY, The Blumhouse Production Method, Why He Loved Working with Director James DeMonaco, and Deleted Scenes

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Now in theaters is The Purge: AnarchyJames DeMonaco‘s ambitious follow up to last summer’s surprise hit The Purge. For the sequel DeMonaco takes to the streets with more action, a bigger cast of characters, and a deeper exploration of the world established in the first film. In the film Zach Gilford stars as Shane, a middle class everyman stranded outside on Purge night with his wife (played by Gildford’s real-life bride Kiele Sanchez). Their odds of surviving until morning look pretty grim until the couple joins forces with a mysterious, well-armed man (Frank Grillo) and a mother/daughter pair intent on survival (Carmen Ejogo and Zoe Soul). Together, the team struggles to evade the deadly forces all around them and find a place of sanctuary.

At the recent LA press day I joined a group of journalists to talk with Gilford about the film. He talked about producerJason Blum‘s method of filmmaking, why he loved working with director James DeMonaco, fun times on the set, the film’s socio-political commentary, the deleted scene that explains why his character is out on Purge night, and more. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Producer Jason Blum Talks THE PURGE: ANARCHY, Making a Bigger Movie, Frank Grillo, the Future of the Franchise, Going 100% Digital at Blumhouse, and More

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Now in theaters is The Purge: Anarchy, writer/director James DeMonaco‘s follow up to last summer’s surprise hit The Purge, which presented a horrific dystopian vision of a near-future America.  In 2022, under the guidance of the New Founding Fathers, every American is entitled to a yearly twelve-hour anything goes crime spree.  It’s an intriguing concept, rife with possibilities, and for the sequel DeMonaco expands on the most interesting ideas of the first film by leaving behind the relative safety of suburbia and focusing on class warfare in the blood-soaked streets of downtown Los Angeles.

I recently jumped on the phone for an exclusive interview with producer Jason Blum.  We talked about the endless possibilities of the film’s concept, making the world (and production) bigger for the second film, casting Frank Grillo, and how cinema’s rapidly evolving technological landscape is changing the way Blumhouse Productions makes films.  We also had a chance to catch up on a ton of his upcoming projects, which you can check out here.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

James DeMonaco Talks THE PURGE: ANARCHY, What Happened During the Very First Purge, Possibly Doing a Non-PURGE Horror Movie Next and More

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Say what you want about the Purge movies; that core concept is pure genius and rocks an enormous amount of franchise potential.  However, oddly enough, when writer-director James DeMonaco delivered his first script, nobody was going for it – that is until Jason Blum came along and turned what DeMonaco once envisioned as a small $500,000 independent film into a wide release that scored $34.1 million opening weekend and earned a sequel.

We saw what happened when a family is forced to participate in The Purge inside their very own home in the 2013 release and we get to experience what goes down on Purge night out in the city streets in The Purge: Anarchy, but what about the very first Purge ever?  And how about the 10th?  Is there a special anniversary event?  We discuss the possibilities with DeMonaco in our The Purge: Anarchy interview after the jump.

THE PURGE: ANARCHY Review

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2013′s The Purge had a mish-mash of good ideas.  It was important socioeconomic commentary, but smothered by the confusion of its genre trappings.  The overt commentary was out of sync with the stakes of the story’s moral drama, and the audience ended up identifying more with the violence than the message about economic inequality.  Director James DeMonaco has returned for the sequel The Purge: Anarchy, and although he hasn’t dropped the commentary, he’s reconciled himself to a tight action-thriller that may not be particularly thoughtful, but at least it’s exciting and holds few pretensions.

Zach Gilford Talks THE PURGE: ANARCHY, Why Audiences are Drawn to the Concept, Acting Alongside his Wife Kiele Sanchez, and More

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Arriving in theaters this weekend is The Purge: Anarchy, James DeMonaco‘s ambitious follow up to last summer’s surprise hit The Purge. For the sequel DeMonaco takes to the streets with more action, a bigger cast of characters, and a deeper exploration of the world established in the first film. In the film Zach Gilford stars as Shane, a middle class everyman stranded outside on Purge night with his wife (played by Gildford’s real-life bride Kiele Sanchez). Their odds of surviving until morning look pretty grim until the couple joins forces with a mysterious, well-armed man (Frank Grillo) and a mother/daughter pair intent on survival (Carmen Ejogo and Zoe Soul). Together, the team struggles to evade the deadly forces all around them and find a place of sanctuary.

I recently sat down for an exclusive video interview with Gilford. He talked about what attracted him to the world of The Purge, why he thinks the idea resonates with audiences, the joy of working on a film with his wife, how they ended up in the film together by pure luck, and more. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Frank Grillo Talks THE PURGE: ANARCHY, Zen via Boxing, What Scares Him, His Goofy Side, DirecTV’s KINGDOM and More

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In The Purge: Anarchy, Frank Grillo plays Leo, a guy who deliberately heads out after The Purge siren blares seeking vengeance.  However, instead of hunting down his own target, he winds up trying to rescue other helpless Purge victims.  You know who I’d want to help me survive the night if The Purge became a real thing?  Grillo himself.  Not only does the guy absolutely kill it in combat heavy films like The Grey and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but he also trains extensively in real life, too.  Perhaps his aversion to guns wouldn’t serve him well in The Purge, but if life imitates art, hand-to-hand combat certainly wouldn’t be an issue.

While attending The Purge: Breakout at the tour’s Coney Island stop, we got the chance to talk to Grillo about the intensity of his performance in the sequel, his one big fear in life and his hope to finally make something a little more family friendly that his kids can watch.  Catch all of that in our video interview after the jump and, in case you missed it, click here to hear about all of Grillo’s upcoming projects including The Raid 2, bringing back Brock Rumlow and more.

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See THE PURGE: ANARCHY

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I saw The Purge: Anarchy a little over a month ago, and while my official review is still under embargo, I think it’s okay if I tell you that I really enjoyed it.  Whereas I felt the first movie had trouble finding its identity, the sequel is a small-scale action film and much better for it.  It also has a great lead performance from Frank Grillo, and he does a great job carrying the picture.  The original was a sleeper hit, and I hope that the sequel can still be a standout among this summer’s big-budget blockbusters.

I’m pleased to announce we’re giving away 20 admit-two passes to the Atlanta screening of The Purge: Anarchy.  Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free.  The film also stars Carmen EjogoZach GilfordKiele Sanchez, and Michael K. Williams.  The Purge: Anarchy opens July 18th.

THE PURGE: ANARCHY Images Take the Action to the Streets

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Universal Pictures has released about a dozen new images for writer/director James DeMonaco‘s upcoming horror sequel The Purge: Anarchy.  One of the things I like about the direction this followup seems to be taking is that it truly expands on the general promise of the concept of “the Purge”, or at least it begins to show it implemented, rather than using it as a nifty backdrop for a mediocre home invasion film (à la last year’s first installment).  These pictures give you a good sense of that.

Hit the jump to check out the new The Purge: Anarchy images.  The film stars Frank GrilloCarmen EjogoZach GilfordKiele Sanchez, and Michael K. Williams.  It opens in theaters on July 18th.

THE PURGE: ANARCHY: 7 New Posters Celebrate America’s Disturbing Future Holiday

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Universal has released seven new The Purge: Anarchy posters online.  If the movie had been released for the July 4th weekend, it would be a very sly and perhaps too abrasive commentary on our nation.  The sequel takes place in a dystopian future where employment and crime are low, but for 12 hours every year all social services are suspended, and all crime is legal.  The first film had trouble deciding if it was an action film or a home-invasion thriller, but as you can see from the trailer, the follow-up is secure in being a straight action flick.  It also looks damn good.

Hit the jump to check out The Purge: Anarchy posters.  he film stars Frank Grillo, Zoë Soul, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, and Michael K. WilliamsThe Purge: Anarchy opens in theaters on July 18th.

No Heroes Allowed in New THE PURGE: ANARCHY Trailer

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Universal Pictures has released a new The Purge: Anarchy trailer for writer/director James DeMonaco’s horror sequel.  This trailer gets a bit deeper into the plot of the follow-up, as it appears to put a Most Dangerous Game twist on the proceedings as a group of survivors unwillingly become part of an auction in which the rich bid on whom they want to hunt for the evening.  The Purge really is one of the more fruitful horror concepts in recent memory, and one imagines this franchise will spawn many more sequels to come.

Hit the jump to watch the new The Purge: Anarchy trailer.  The film stars Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, and Michael K. WilliamsThe Purge: Anarchy opens in theaters on July 18th.

Matt Doesn’t Survive THE PURGE: BREAKOUT Experience

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Last year’s The Purge was a breakout hit.  Audiences enjoyed the tense atmosphere of a family under siege, and the violence that exploded when the situation came to a head.  This year’s sequel, The Purge: Anarchy takes the story to the streets as a group of citizens tries to survive the annual “Purge”, 12 hours when all crime is legal and all public services have been suspended.  Universal and Blumhouse are doing something very cool to promote the movie by taking The Purge: Breakout Experience across the country.  It’s an interactive horror experience that’s a lot more fun than your average haunted house, and is definitely something you should do when it’s in your city.

This weekend only, The Purge: Breakout is in Atlanta, and I got to run through it this afternoon.  Hit the jump to read about my fate, check out the trailer, and click here to learn more about The Purge: Breakout.

Producer Jason Blum Talks THE PURGE: ANARCHY, Future Sequels, and the Possibility of Releasing a PURGE Movie Every Year

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The Purge was one of 2013′s sleepers, and Blumhouse Productions doesn’t wait to jump on sequel opportunities.  Their surprise hits—Paranormal Activity and Insidious—both got sequels, Sinister 2 is in development, and The Purge: Anarchy is due out on July 18th.

We recently spoke to Blumhouse Productions head Jason Blum for his latest film Oculus.  During the interview, Blum also talked about The Purge franchise, how they wanted to expand on the original Purge, how he can see a new Purge movie coming out every year like they do with the Paranormal Activity franchise, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

New Release Dates for THE PURGE: ANARCHY, DOM HEMINGWAY, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS, THE PLAYERS, THE RAILWAY MAN, THE ROVER, & More

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Mark your calendars with the latest release dates for the following films:

  • The Purge: Anarchy – Writer-director James DeMonaco’s horror-thriller sequel starring Cortney Palm, Zach Gilford, Michael K. Williams and Frank Grillo will now open July 18th.
  • Dom Hemingway – Writer-director Richard Shepard’s crime dramedy starring Jude Law and Emilia Clarke will open a couple of days earlier on April 2nd.
  • On the Other Side of the TracksDavid Charhon’s crime comedy starring Omar Sy opens on April 4th for The Weinstein Company.
  • The Players – The Weinstein Company’s collection of comedic vignettes starring Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche also opens April 4th.
  • The Railway ManJonathan Teplitzky’s biographical World War II-period drama starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, and Stellan Skarsgård opens April 11th.
  • The RoverDavid Michôd’s drama starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson opens July 18th for A24.
  • Laggies – Also from A24, Lynn Shelton’s drama starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Keira Knightley, and Sam Rockwell opens September 26th.

Hit the jump for more on each film.

First Trailer, Poster, and Images for THE PURGE: ANARCHY Starring Frank Grillo, Michael K. Williams, and Zach Gilford

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Universal Pictures has released the first trailer, poster, and images for writer/director James DeMonaco‘s horror sequel The Purge: Anarchy.  The follow-up continues the plot device from the first film in which all crimes are legal on one day of the year, during the annual “Purge”, which preserves peace and prosperity for the other 364 days of the year.  The sequel looks solid since instead of another home invasion, it appears we’ll be going beyond the confines of a shelter and watching characters struggle to survive the night.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer, poster, and images. The film stars Frank Grillo (The Grey), Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire), and Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights).  The Purge: Anarchy opens in theaters on June 20th.

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