The annual Purge is set to commence when guests begin to enter the gates of Halloween Horror Nights on September 19 at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort. Universal Pictures’ latest thriller, ‘The Purge: Anarchy,’ which scored the highest opening for a horror film this year is set to have the newest scarezone at the annual horror event.
‘The Purge: Anarchy’ scarezone will bring to life the turmoil and pandemonium that awaits those vulnerable to masked vigilantes in search of new victims. The scarezone, which reimagines the series’ premise that all crime is legal on one night every year, will be inhabited by average citizens who are transformed into sadistic felons during the period of government-sanctioned lawlessness. Guests will have to use their wit, luck and speed in order to outsmart and outlive the anarchy brought on by the evening’s criminals.
“Halloween Horror Nights is about taking guests out of their comfort zones and placing them at the core of unimaginable horror,” John Murdy, Universal Studios Hollywood’s Creative Director for and Executive Producer of Halloween Horror Nights, said. Since “the premise of ‘The Purge’ could theoretically happen, our scare-zone elevates that sense of fear and forces you to really watch your back.”
“‘The Purge’ scarezone will invade the streets of Halloween Horror Nights, taking up most of our New York back lot. The chaos that reigns in the film will be replicated nightly, but now our guests can actually attempt to survive the night themselves,” said Michael Aiello, Director of Entertainment – Creative Development, Universal Orlando Resort. “The familiar emergency broadcast will be heard announcing the commencement of the annual Purge, and all hell will literally break loose.”
‘The Purge: Anarchy,’ the sequel to last summer’s surprise hit, moves from the confines of a suburban neighborhood to the streets as the government begins its annual 12-hour Purge to ensure that the crime rate stays below one percent for the rest of the year. With all emergency services suspended, it’s the one night when society regulates itself without thought of punishment or fear of retribution. For average people who do not have the means to barricade themselves indoors with a state-of-the-art security system, anarchy rules and no one is safe. In this new story, an unlikely group of five citizens discover how far they will go to protect themselves and, ultimately, each other, as they fight to survive a dangerous night fraught with impossible decisions.
From director and writer James DeMonaco (‘The Purge,’ ‘Assault on Precinct 13’), ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ stars Frank Grillo (‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘), Carmen Ejogo (‘Away We Go’), Zach Gilford (‘Devil’s Due’), Kiele Sanchez (‘A Perfect Getaway’) and Michael K. Williams (‘The Wire’).
Written by: Karen Benardello