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Watch the first trailer for The Purge: Election Year

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'The Purge has to come to an end.'

What happens when an enterprising senator attempts to bring an end to the Purge? That's the question at the heart of The Purge: Election Year, the third entry in James DeMonaco's The Purge series. Lost veteran Elizabeth Mitchell plays Senator Charlie Roan, a rising political star who's campaigning on a promise to stop the violent annual bacchanal after it ruined her family; Frank Grillo returns as the Purge veteran tasked with protecting her. Will she make it through a pre-election Purge alive? No one knows! Anything goes! That's the whole point of the Purge!

The series' blend of standard-issue horror and cutting social commentary has made it a surprising success. When Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey battened down the hatches in 2013's The Purge, the movie ended up making almost $90 million against a relatively tiny budget, and 2014 sequel The Purge: Anarchy was an even bigger success. (It played a little better with critics, too.) It looks like The Purge: Election Year is going to tackle political extremism, religious fundamentalism, and the socioeconomic inequality that underpins the series, and it'll do so with a juicy Independence Day release date. It will probably make me cry. You can check it out in theaters on July 1st.