Blumhouse CEO Jason Blum talks about eternal cleansing and what he would do if a cleansing became a reality

For you, what is it about this fifth “Purge” movie that stands out and sets it apart from the other records?

I think this is the best “cleansing” we have ever done. It is scary. It’s more intense. I think it really stems from the fact that it is the first cleansing where there are no rules. The rules are right out the window. The cleansing must end at 7:00, but it does not. Anarchy has taken over in America, and it’s something we’ve never seen before. I think it’s amazing. I think it’s very powerful, very effective, and it gives a great “Purge” movie.

Many people come to these movies for entertainment and excitement. What is there under gore and the action that you want them to take away from the film? Is there a specific message that you hope they get with this one?

There are different announcements in all the “Purge” movies. What I want them to take in the theater is: “I had a lovely night at the cinema. I was scared to death.” That’s really what I want from them – if they take anything else, if there’s a conversation about this movie, it’s a couple coming to America from Mexico, and then everyone who’s happy, all Americans, including them, get the hell out of America, and they happen to be trapped by a wall that works both ways. If they talk about other things, that’s fine too, but the most important thing for me is that they had fun in the movies.

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