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Trailer Park: “The Purge”, “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” and “Carrie”

Three recent genre films caught my attention this week. Pull up a chair and check out these trailers…

The Purge

Release Date: May 31, 2013

Here’s an interesting speculative premise for a film:

If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do? In The Purge, a speculative thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night, four people will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the vicious outside world breaks into their home.

In an America wracked by 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 one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night 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 a 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.

Looks promising, though I wonder if the “What if?” question of the premise is relegated to being just a setup for what otherwise looks like a standard thriller.

Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Release Date: August 23, 2013

Based on Cassandra Clare’s urban fantasy novel, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is described like this:

Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother (Lena Headey), Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures.


Release Date: October 18, 2013

The scan description of Carrie

A sheltered high school girl unleashes her newly developed telekinetic powers after she is pushed too far by her peers.

…does less to explain it than saying it’s a remake of the film based on Stephen King’s classic horror book. I still have vivid memories of the original film, and Piper Laurie’s religious mother. Looks like Julianne Moore does a decent job here in that same role, though I meet this one with the same reaction I have for all remakes: we’ll see.

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.
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