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‘The Purge: Election Year’ First Trailer Takes Terror to Washington, DC (Video)

Universal elects to make a political statement with latest chapter in James DeMonaco’s home invasion series, which will open on July 1

With the U.S. presidential campaign in full swing, Universal Pictures is cloaking the next chapter in its home invasion horror franchise “The Purge: Election Year” — a new title announced Wednesday with the first trailer — in red, white and blue ahead of its July 1 release.

The third installment in writer-director James¬†DeMonaco’s series finds our hero Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) and trying to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent.

The first two “Purge” films have grossed more than $200 million at the worldwide box office.

Producing the third entry are Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum, Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form and DeMonaco’s longtime production partner, S√©bastien K. Lemercier.

By July, when Americans will still be looking at five more months of electioneering by the candidates, a night of sanctioned murder may seem pretty appealing.