The Purge Costumes: The Basics
Creating your own choice of The Purge Costumes, will be fun and terrifying. The steps are simple, start with a base Purge character set, add some choice weapons and you will be enacting all kinds of animalistic urges!
What began as a single installment of a pro-anarchist ideology movie with some demented masks and twisted personalities has now become a multimillion-dollar horror film franchise that is an excellent cosplay option for any spooky or politically motivated occasion. The first Purge installment was released in 2013 and titled simply The Purge. The Purge: Anarchy followed in 2014 and the most recent installment The Purge: Election Year in 2016, how appropriate. An interesting thing that we found when researching The Purge story and characters is that it has had one single director, James DeMonaco, throughout the entire franchise. This continuity may contribute to why the series has been a continued success and the creepy demented aesthetic has persisted throughout the three installments. Please be warned the following plot descriptions may include spoilers as we may need to describe pivotal plot points to introduce different character costumes. We will not include names in our descriptions to avoid any unnecessary spoilage 🙂
The Purge Costumes: The Franchise
The first Purge film of follows popular actors Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey in a single Purge Night in year 2022. The plot revolves around a single family taking in a wounded stranger and being the target of a purge gang throughout the 12 hour free kill rule that is instituted in this dystopian future. The horror movies initial success began a continual inclusion in Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights annual event.
The second installment Purge Anarchy was released in 2014 and widens the scope of the destruction that is enacted during The Purge night. Instead of focusing on a single family in a single house, this film details the damage that is done to the Los Angeles area by the participating anarchists. This film also introduces the concept of the overlying political atmosphere and reveals the true purpose of The Purge as not to reduce societal aggression, but to eliminate the weakest members of society. It also introduces an anti-Purge rebellion group that will be expanded upon in the third movie. If the purchase legacy was not cemented by the first installment, the 10 times increase in the second films revenue as compared to the initial budget, certainly made this a horror franchise to be taken seriously.
The most recent installment, Purge: Election Year takes place in 2040 a full 18 years after the initial Purge movie. This movie surrounds the efforts of a anti-Purge Senator and her campaign promise of eliminating The Purge all together. Protected by the LAPD and various anti-Purge groups, several epic action scenes take place trying to save her life and outlast the 12 hour time clock that her political opponents set to eliminate the threat of loosing their favorite event of the year.
It was announced in February 2017 that horror genre acclaimed director James Demonaco will reprise his involvement in the franchise and released a fourth installment in 2018. While little has been said about the characters or setting of this movie Demonaco has commented that he intends the fourth installment to be a prequel to the first Purge movie and explain how the US came to the state of dystopian reality in which they could legally enact an event like The Purge.
The Purge Costumes: Our Guide
Selecting any of the following Purge costumes will be rewarding for the newest and most senior of cosplayers. Weather you want to go for a more clean and simple look with some of the base following costume masks and street clothes, or dirty and bloody up some of the options we have below to make it a little more gritty and like the environment of The Purge movies we are sure you will find something you like among the many following costume options.
The Purge Costumes article we broken up by category into which costumes were seen in which movie and then associated accessories. As usual we have included both movie merchandise and the series itself for background research 🙂
Primary costume items include your choice of a base The Purge character set including choices from the first movie, The Purge: Anarchy, and The Purge: Election Year. Optional additional items include a raccoon plush and any other costume additions.
The Purge Costumes: The First Movie
The Purge Costumes: Anarchy
The Purge Costumes: Election Year
The Purge Costumes: Accessories
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