Mom always said the scariest movies weren't monster films like "Godzilla", or "It" because they aren't based in reality. The scariest films are based on things that could actually happen. For me, one of those films is "The Strangers". The last line...because you were home. Chilling!
Along comes "The Purge". From the trailer it has a similar premise to Strangers, and it looks like a suspenseful survive the night thriller. The film stars Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey and is due in theaters June 7th.
In the year 2022, the United States is prospering with an unemployment rate at 1% and crime at an all-time low. To keep this prosperity the government creates an annual 12-hour period from the evening of June 7 to the morning of June 8 in which all criminal activity, including murder, becomes legal. During this time, police and hospitals suspend all assistance services and execute citizens who refuse to participate. This event, known as The Purge, is designed to serve as a catharsis for the American people, giving them a chance to vent all negative emotions however they desire, with the ultimate goal of keeping unemployment and crime at extremely low levels for the rest of the year. During this night of violence and crime, a stranger screaming for help is let into James Sandin's fortified house during their yearly lock down. The family is then forced into conflict between their beliefs of right and wrong, and a sequence of events involving the stranger's pursuers puts the family's chances of survival in danger.