Downtown El Paso gets some screen time in the movie trailer of the upcoming dystopian future horror film “The Forever Purge.”
The movie is the fifth installment in the popular “The Purge” series set in a near-future were the U.S. has legalized all crime, including murder, for a 12-hour period in an annual national holiday.
The murderous holiday always begins with the ominous blaring of “The Purge” siren.
Not exactly cheerful, kid-friendly family viewing.
“The Forever Purge” is set on a Texas ranch where lawless masked-cowboys continue violently “purging” after daybreak, according to the movie trailer.
“Mexico is opening its borders for the next six hours,” a character says as the protagonists flee from marauders before a glimpse in the movie trailer of Downtown El Paso buildings on fire. The lighted “Electricity” and Plaza Hotel signs are visible.
The movie opens in theaters on July 2. It was set to open last summer but was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Purge” films — with undertones about marginalization, racism and violence in U.S. society — have generally taken place at night in a maze of urban city streets and amid the terror in suburban homes.
Mexican filmmaker Everardo Gout brings a different look to the series with an Old West style, sunlight and wide open spaces, according to an article in the horror-movie magazine Fangoria. The movie was filmed in California.
Gout is best known for the 2011 movie “Days of Grace” (Dias de Gracia) and his work on National Geographic’s futuristic space colonization sci-fi series “Mars.”
‘The Forever Purge” stars Mexican actors Tenoch Huerta, who played drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero in “Narcos: Mexico,” and Ana de la Reguera, who was the nun Sister Encarnación in “Nacho Libre,” along with Josh Lucas, who portrayed legendary UTEP basketball coach Don Haskins in “Glory Road.”
The new film highlights Mexicans and Americans “coming together in the face of violence and chaos” and the reliance between both countries, Gout told Den of Geek, an entertainment pop culture website.
“Well obviously, my country, Mexico, and the United States are entangled,” Gout told Den of Geek. “Our economies are dependent, one and the other, and you usually hear more about how Mexico is dependent on America, but Mexico really fuels America and does all the jobs in America that Americans don’t want to do.
“So, there’s a big dance in between the two countries that is historical and I know it very well.”