James DeMonaco

The Purge: Election Year director says film is less crazy than actual election

In action-horror threequel The Purge: Election Year (out July 1), we find Purge 2 survivor Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) guarding a presidential candidate (Elizabeth Mitchell), whose determination to end the annual night of sanctioned lawlessness puts her life in jeopardy. “It was illegal to kill elected officials,” says Grillo. “They actually erased that law so they can assassinate this woman.”

That’s crazy. But this is what we want to know: Is writer-director James DeMonaco’s film more insane than 2016’s real-life presidential race?

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