Fridge: The Purge

Fridge Horror:

  • The film is full of this. For instance, the trailer says that the USA has the unemployment rate at 1% and crime at an all-time low. Just how many people get killed off in The Purge to achieve this?
    • Alternately, what kind of miserable working conditions are people now willing to tolerate rather than risk getting fired and ending up on the streets, defenseless, when it happens?
      • The movie says unemployment is down to 1% ironically this does not mean the economy is doing better at all it means the American economy has stagnated meaning no new jobs are being made for people to fill.
      • Leading economists debate the unemployment figure which would be healthiest in an economy (bearing in mind that people are always moving between jobs, etc) but the general consensus is that it's somewhere between 3 and 5%. 1% unemployment is not healthy. Either, as has been stated, the population has been dramatically reduced, or nobody is taking the risk of leaving a job they aren't happy in to find a new or better one.
    • In the opening screen of the sequel, it is stated that unemployment is at 5%. That is, not even the extreme killing and the property damage are holding the economy. Three years later the unemployment is still rising.
  • The government instituted The Purge in order to achieve minimal unemployment rates and crime. How many years has The Purge been in effect?
    • The second film refers to the current year's (2023) purge as the sixth annual purge. Meaning in that future The Purge started in the year 2017.
  • The film focuses on one family trying to survive a home invasion. Now imagine what's happening across the USA while this event is going on.
  • The neighbors got off scott free. And they know that they outnumber the Sandins. And odds are pretty good that they are nice and pissed about failing the first time. What's stopping them from trying again next year? Letting them off the hook is going to come back and bite the Sandins big time.
    • Unless the Sandins just move, or let the neighbors know that they will be prepared the next time the neighbors try to kill them.
  • If you're wealthy, you should hope your neighbors don't resent you for it.
  • Not exactly horror, persay, but still worth thinking about. At the beginning of the movie, a radio caller admits that he's going to try to kill his boss during the Purge. What if his boss had heard that? What if the caller couldn't find and/or kill his boss while the Purge was going on? That's going to be rather awkward when he comes into work the next day.
    • Said boss would probably try to kill him first...without announcing it.
    • Like the OP said, is not Fridge Horror, is more Fridge Stupidity. It can fail/backfire in many ways. Best case scenario for him would be if he fail by not getting a change (he couldn't enter the house, she was out of town, etc) He just failed and would have to deal with her the whole year. Of course, the other scenarios of her seeing him and outright firing him are possible, and if he doesn't get another job soon, he would become homeless, main target for the purge. And worst case scenario would be failing at killing her, and she just killing him while she can. So, the moral is: Don't announce your boss-killing plan on the radio.
  • A true source of Fridge Horror, aside all of the killings, are the unholy number of sexual assaults that are going to take place. In Real Life, over 90% of all sexual assaults and abuse are committed by people the victim knows; eg in male-on-female rape the rapist is almost always (contrary to the media) a boyfriend, a husband, family members or friends. What about all the kids who are forced to continue living with sexually-abusive parents because the parents manage to restrain themselves until the Purge?
  • College campuses are going to be a horror show in the making (and especially the Greek houses), for it won't be just other students raping and killing, but teachers/lecturers and the jealous/angry townspeople, and you know that there'll be groups of people who wait for this every year, and travel around to different colleges just to get to rape every beautiful young co-ed they can get their hands on.
    • Maybe by this point, all colleges and universities are online campuses?
      • What really makes this a case of Fridge Horror is that either there's a massive baby boom every year, roughly nine months after The Purge (which makes sense - that's how the government replenishes those killed every year), the government deliberately has The Purge in the summer (to avoid colleges becoming magnets for devastation) - or there are very few, if any colleges anymore (save private schools that can afford mercenary forces to protect the campuses every year, and even then some of them might decide to turn on the colleges they're paid to protect).
  • Moviebob brought this up in his review for The Purge, what other crimes are being committed during those twelve hours; hackers and black marketers doing all their work, all small businesses close because only megastores have the funds to hire private armies needed to keep their stuff, any terrorist attack on American soil, amoral scientists with no regards for human life begin inhuman experimentation on people and make work on any and all banned research.
  • Imagine the aftermath of each Purge. The immediate day after. Imagine yourself going through your phone book, or using the social mediums, to see who's answering and who seems to have vanished. How many of your friends are dead? How many members of your extended family have been killed? How many people you know have been murdered to get that beautiful 1% unemployment rate and low crime? And, most of all: How many of your friends, how many members of your extended family, how many people you know have KILLED other people that night? How could you trust other human beings after thinking they may have been killing other humans during an event that makes it all legal? How will you act towards your neighbors if you find out they've killed some people? How would you react if, say, one of your friends killed another of your friends because of an argument you didn't know about? All trust between humans is gone due to the Purge. The Purge comes and goes after 12 hours, but the psychological wounds stay.
    • As in the original novel for Battle Royale, this may be the point. I've only seen the first movie, but the worshipful attitude people have toward the New Founding Fathers makes me think that there's a LOT of brainwashing and propaganda that goes on that isn't shown in the movie. The Purge might be for the purpose of making people feel grateful for the enforced order the New Founding Fathers impose, as well as distrustful enough of each other to cripple any sort of resistance movement.
    • And this is not even going into the matters of rape as stated earlier on this page. Death is permanent, but people who have been raped and are still alive will have to live with the consequences of these crimes, including psychological trauma, unwanted pregnancies, and the list goes on...oh, and since it was all legally sanctioned, there would be no way to seek justice or any kind of legal or punitive repercussions, either, outside of maybe getting your revenge on your attacker during the next Purge if you are able to identify and locate that person by then.
      • For that matter, imagine a few years down the road, you're a perfectly happy kid living with your single mom (although you may actually have both parents), and everything's going swell, even if you never knew your father or you don't look like him. One day, out of curiosity, you count back nine months from your birthday to try and figure out the date of your conception... and you realize you were conceived on Purge Night.
  • On the headscratchers page, someone brought up the question, if you can keep what you stole on Purge Night, can you keep who you kidnapped? Well, what if the answer is "yes"? The Purge must be a sex trafficker's dream come true.
  • A meta example: Plenty of people have commented on the biker's being Karma Houdinis. Then you realize: Within this universe their Punch Clock Villain status doesn't even make them evil enough for the narrative to bother punishing them!

Fridge Brilliance

  • The leader of the gang goes on and on about how their participation in the purge is doing a great service for their country. But the stranger is wearing dog tags and camo, indicating he's a former soldier and has probably done more for his country than they ever will.
  • In the first film, Charlie has a habit of checking his vitals. At first glance, it seems like he's just a strange kid, but when you think about it he's just being cautious. If he has medical problems during the purge, he's screwed because no emergency services means no ambulances or hospitals.
  • The Sandins' neighbors resent them for their success, especially given that they feel that they essentially paid for the Sandins' lifestyle by buying James' security systems. When the Sandins' house is overrun, they also get to see that their "security" systems, identical to his, aren't all that they're cracked up to be. So their reason for attacking the Sandins is more than just petty jealousy — they feel that James ripped them off.
  • Probably not intentional, but The Purge is likely a major source of crony capitalism (the government supporting large businesses, and keeping them afloat). Big businesses, like Walmart, would have the resources to protect their assets, small businesses would not, and thus the competition would be eliminated.
  • All the below mentioned Fridge Logic about The Purge's supposed economic benefits can be justified by one simple fact: we only learn about said benefits via government propaganda. For all we know, it's all a bunch of lies.
  • While the Kill the Poor element is established, it might also appear as a safety valve for the poor too. They might use the night to make marginal improvements to their lives via looting and thus be less likely to want improvements year round. This also would expose them for execution.
  • Plenty of people have pointed out how any prison sentence that runs through the Purge is almost certainly a death sentence now, as the prisoners would either be free to kill each other, or be picked off by guards. Then you remember how Leo wanted to avenge his son against a drunk driver who was let off on an unspecified "technicality." You then have to wonder just how many criminals are let go by police and juries who don't think they deserve to die...which, in turn, gives you even more reason to question the touted "low crime rates."
  • It's debatable if this was intentional, but you could argue that the government's use of death squads is a parody of the way right-wing politicians in the US demand that free market capitalism runs unregulated, but then vote to subsidize corporations when profits aren't high enough.
    • Alternatively, it is a parallel to the Cold War-era Latin American far-right dictatorships, backed by The US, which used death squads that raped nuns, slaughtered whole villages and tortured people.
  • What was a homeless man doing in a well-to-do suburb a good distance from the poor section of the city? Why was the polite stranger and his gang so intent on pursuing this one homeless man, even to break into a fortified home? Anarchy answered this Fridge Logic: the polite stranger and his gang payed some people that abducted him so they could personally murder him within the comfort of their own home. He killed one of them and escaped.

Fridge Logic

  • People being free to commit any crime they want one night a year will "solve" the problem of criminals who do what they do For the Evulz, but the majority of crime is the drug industry, illegal sex trade, crimes of passion etc. It doesn't make any sense for The Purge to meaningfully reduce crime rates.
    • Given it's a parody of many libertarian values, it may be that many of those are legal all year round now. Also, it's possible Loophole Abuse is a big thing in this time period. People buy a year's supply of illegal drugs on Purge night and use them all year round.
      • The above point is stupid, as if so many horrible immoral things are legal, then that means there's even less reason to have the Purge.
  • How could the lowered violence and unemployment rates for most of the year possibly balance out the millions (or billions) of dollars in damages and thousands of fatalities that happen in a single night, every single year?
    • A lot of the supporting materials (like the New Founders' Party site) imply that this is accomplished with both reducing the underclass as well as a significant industry surrounding the Purge (which includes more than just security systems — the site implies purge-related tourism is catching on, along with several public utilities essentially running on the bodies of the Purged). Dovetail this with the implications that the poor are the intended targets of the Purge and you have a lot of death and destruction, but not so much property damage. Compared to what it would take to pull off a major terrorist event capable of causing billions in damage and it turns out that death is, in fact, cheap.
      • Hint: you can't pull off a major terrorist event in this scenario, at least not on the scale of 9/11-esque attacks, because the shutdown in public services means you'd lack access to both a large crowd of "targets" as well as heavy machinery like aircraft. The best you could do is gain access to a nuclear device and detonate it that same night, which isn't happening for PLENTY of reasons — hey, they're only shutting down the police and EMS services. You bet your ass the military's security is still in force.
  • As a lot of movies get wrong a very low unemployment rate is actually bad for an economy. One it's raises inflation a lot faster then usual. (IE everyone has jobs so companies feel like they can raise prices and that leads to everyone else raising prices) and the fact it means that there is a much lower available labor pool, causing the economy to stagnate because no new jobs can be created and filled. In this case because they are killing off said labor pool.
  • During the Emergency Broadcast announcing the start of the Purge, it's mentioned that "Weapons of Class 4 and lower have been authorized for use during the Purge. All other weapons are restricted." So who enforces that restriction if emergency services are all shut down?
    • The military
    • Wouldn't it just be investigated, treated, and persecuted as a normal crime after the fact, since using a high-class weapon would still technically be illegal?
  • Why aren't any religious leaders protesting the Purge in-universe? Most religions promote moral values and oppose ideas such as murder, rape and stealing to name a few. They also have a knack for not being afraid to speak out against societies and groups that disagree with them. Why are they so silent on the subject of the Purge when they have very good reasons to condemn it?
    • The Purge's propaganda that people are inherently evil and violent may indicate that religion has lost a lot of the influence it once held. Additionally, if the Purge is intended to thin out the lower classes, it would likely get a pass from the "prosperity gospel" preachers who are currently so influential among the wealthy who put on a mask of religiosity.
    • Most likely they were killed by anti religious purgers, killed by purgers for trying to shelter the poor or, as has happened several times in real life throughout history, killed by the government/military to silence any opposition to their regime.
    • In the Sequel, the rebel leader makes a reference to what "we used to be about", and brings up the names of many religious figureheads. This indicates that religion has indeed lost its influence or been pushed out.