If, on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do?
Well, for starters, I’d probably hunt down whoever made the brilliant decision to make it so damn difficult to include outside widgets on this particular web host. See those numbers in the image above? They should be moving, but we’ll get to that. Other than that, I’d probably keep it simple – rob a White Castle and punch every bastard teenager in my neighborhood. Apparently, this is too tame for most people, who opt to go straight for the killing, as we will see in The Purge, opening in theaters June 7th.
In an America wracked with crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity–including murder–becomes legal. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help. It’s twelve hours when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this particular night in 2022, plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking.
When an intruder breaks into James Sandin’s (Ethan Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear his family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide.
Seems simple enough, right? Well, if this sounds like your bag then maybe you’ll want to win a prize pack of The Purge goods, including a mask and t-shirt you can wear while you loot, rob and murder your way through the night. As you can see from the picture below, the mask won’t be much use to conceal your identity, but hey, you can always gouge someone’s eyes out with the stick, right? Right. I have one such prize pack to giveaway, and all you have to do to get your murderous mitts on it, is live in the US and email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “I’ve got the urge to Purge.” One winner will be chosen randomly this Friday, June 7th to coincide with the opening of the film.
Other ways to get extra entries will be announced over the next few days via our twitter feed, which you can follow @basementscreams. You can also click the image at the top (you know, the one that’s perfectly still) to take the Purge quiz, check out the trailer and have all kinds criminal fun.