Current news cycle makes the new film all the more timely. - From USA TODAY
With the fallout of Brexit, the daily goings-on in Donald Trump vs.
In the new film, a female senator (Elizabeth Mitchell) runs for the Oval Office on a platform that includes ridding the USA of this annual chaos, and she becomes a target for her pro-Purge opponents.
Elizabeth Mitchell is a senator running for president on the platform of ridding the USA of its annual night of chaos in 'The Purge: Election Year.' (Photo: Michele K.
But other movies have bridged the politics/horror gap well, too, from The Omen series, in which the Antichrist grows up to be a political figure to stop the Second Coming, to The Dead Zone, about a teacher (Christopher Walken) who has psychic visions of a presidential candidate (Martin Sheen) bringing about a global catastrophe.
While the first Purge film felt fantastical at the time, “we’re living in a world where an actual character out of satire could be president," Zimmerman says.