The Purge

SDCC 2018: TV Trailers Overflow at Comic Con

Comic Con is often remembered for the big panels in Hall H, the massive studio presence by companies like Marvel, and the fans.  When Marvel announced they would not have the usual massive presence many worried that the behemoth that is SDCC might be slowing down in its old age (next year the con turns 50).  Nothing could have been further from the truth.

Along with news of tentpole films like Aquaman, WonderWoman84, and Godzilla King of Monsters there were also a lot of great new trailers for shows like Doctor Who, Star Trek: Discovery, and the Walking Dead franchise.

Sometimes those big reveals overshadow some other shows worthy of attention.

Here are a just a few of the TV trailers that premiered over the weekend.



There’s no mistake that The Purge film series has hit a tone with the public. The film series based on the insane premise that for one day a year, all crime would be legal for 12 hours, including murder. The first film was a simple survival horror film disguised as a home invasion film. The second and the third film opened up the “Purge universe” and showed the craziness of that world where for 12 hours it’s pure anarchy. The film series has grossed more than $314 million.  Turns out, there might be even more in store for the world of The Purge.


Frank Grillo, who we’ll all see come May 6th as Crossbones in the Russo Brother‘s Captain America: Civil War has another franchise rolling out on July 1st when The Purge: Election Year hits the big screen. This time Grillo is back as Leo Barnes tasked with protecting a presidential candidate (Elizabeth Mitchell) during an election year Purge. Let’s take a look at the mayhem in this first trailer. (more…)


When it comes to the horror genre, a hit isn’t a hit unless said hit spawns a lucrative series or franchise (see, e.g., Halloween, Friday the 13th, Saw). With that in mind, Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity) couldn’t help but rush The Purge: Anarchy (a/k/a The Purge: Night of the Juggalos) a sequel to last year’s surprise box-office hit, The Purge, a sci-fi-inflected, home-invasion thriller written and directed by James DeMonaco. Casting well known names with indie and/or cable cred in Ethan Hawke and Lena Headly helped to elevate an otherwise promising, if ultimately rote, thriller – disappointing given a compelling premise (inspired by an episode, “The Return of the Archons,” from Star Trek: The Original Series, no less), but recognizing the errors and missteps of his ways, DeMonaco swapped out sub-genres – from home invasion to survival horror – to significantly improved results.  (more…)