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'The Forever Purge' is too terrifying to fit into one night in first trailer for horror series' final installment

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May 12, 2021, 11:31 AM EDT (Updated)

James DeMonaco's Purge film series is pulling out all the stops for its swan song: The Forever Purge. The yearly tradition of all legal crime breaks free of its cage, extending beyond the usual 12-hour window and plunging the United States into absolute anarchy. "All the rules are broken," the tagline reads, referring to an underground group that seeks to overthrow the American government and make the Purge a year-round holiday. A rather festive bunch, aren't they? Despite the fact that the film was completed prior to 2020, it feels like an eerie reflection of the Capitol breach that took place in Washington, D.C. last November.

Ana de la Reguera and Tenoch Huerta lead the Forever cast as Adela and Juan, a couple living in Texas. Juan works as a ranch hand for the wealthy Tucker family, gaining the admiration of Tucker patriarch, Caleb (Will Patton) and the animus of Caleb's son, Dylan (Josh Lucas). When the anarchists attack the ranch the morning after the Purge is supposed to have ended, the two families must put aside their differences to defeat the assailants and restore some order to their crumbling country. Cassidy Freeman and Leven Rambin co-star as Dylan's wife and sister, respectively.

Watch the trailer now:

Written by DeMonaco, the fifth installment in the dystopian franchise was originally supposed to be released in theaters last July, but was delayed to summer 2021 amid theater closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Everardo Gout (Days of Grace) directed and executive-produced the film. Jason Blum, Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, DeMonaco, and Sébastien K. Lemercier serve as producers. Gout's fellow EPs are Marcei A. Brown and Jeanette Volturno.

The first four Purge films have raked in over $450 million worldwide. The cinematic IP also spawned a TV series (created by DeMonaco) that ran on USA (SYFY's sister network) for two seasons. Chatting with the Radio Times in October 2020, executive producer Jason Blum (founder and CEO of Blumhouse) admitted that he'd like to continue the story beyond Forever Purge. “I would never say its end is set in stone,” he said. “Hopefully, I’ll talk James into making a couple more.”

"I think it’s a great way to end it all. We want to end it all, I think, in this one, and I’m very excited. When I came up with the idea and pitched it to everybody, they seemed psyched, and I think it will be a really cool ending, how we take this one home," DeMonaco told Entertainment Weekly in 2018.

The Forever Purge will get up to some criminal hijinks that are totally legal on Friday, July 2 — almost a year after its intended theatrical release date. Head to the gallery below for a look at the poster and a collection of first look production stills...