The First Purge is a 2018 American action horror film directed by Gerard McMurray.

Official trailers

Universal Pictures on Friday, April 06, 2018 released the trailer:
The First Purge - Official Trailer .

Story intro

A crazed drug addict named Skeletor discusses his dark thoughts, including his desire to "purge" and unleash his hatred on other people. A psychologist tells Skeletor that he can very soon. Sometime in the 21st century, the government has been overthrown by the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA). NFFA chief of staff Arlo Sabian and behavioural scientist Dr. May Updale announce an experiment to take place on Staten Island where for 12 hours, citizens will be allowed to purge and release their inhibitions in any way they choose, including murder. The NFFA offers residents $5,000 to stay during the experiment. They also outfit the participants with contact lens cameras so that they can monitor all activity and put tracking devices in them so they will know if they try to leave the island. Drug lord Dmitri tells his dealers that they will not be leaving the island as it will draw too much attention, moving his large amounts of money and product. Dmitri says to his soldiers that they will stay in a safe house and lay low. Dealer Capital A decides to defy this order and go out and purge, while dealer Isaiah is attacked and cut by Skeletor. Isaiah goes to his sister Nya, an anti-Purge activist and Dimitri's ex-girlfriend, for treatment. As people flee Staten Island, Nya joins her friends Dolores, Luisa, and Selina in a church to wait out the Purge. Dmitri has stayed behind because Capital A has sent Anna and Elsa, two sex workers, to his office. Skeletor commits the first-ever Purge murder, and the video recorded by the NFFA goes viral. The NFFA also observe that more parties than killings are taking place and that crimes are mostly just looting and vandalism, as opposed to the expected murder.


Y'lan Noel
Lex Scott Davis
Joivan Wade
Christian Robinson
Capital A
Lauren Vélez
Kristen Solis
Marisa Tomei
Dr. May Updale/The Architect
Cindy Robinson
Purge Announcement Voice
Levy Tran
Patch Darragh
Arlo Sabian/Chief of Staff
Maria Rivera
Chyna Layne
Melonie Diaz
Mo McRae
7 & 7
Steve Harris
Rotimi Paul
Kevin Carrigan
General Smiley


Principal photography began in mid September 2017 in Buffalo, New York.

The film The First Purge was scheduled to be released on July 4, 2018 (United States) by Andes Films, CinemArt, Forum Film Bulgaria, Parco Co. Ltd., Ro Image 2000, Sabay MVP, Sony Pictures Releasing, Synca, Toho-Towa, United International Pictures (UIP), Universal Pictures International (UPI), Film1 and Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The duration of the film is 97 minutes. With a budget of $13 million, the film grossed over $137 million.

The film had received a "R" rating.


The First Purge got average rating from critics. The audience dislikes the film either. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B-" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

External links

Official website:

Wikipedia: The First Purge

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