I’m not a fan of horror films. It is difficult for me to enter storylines that deny the sanctity of life and capitalize on the mass appeal of gratuitous violence. But I was sucked in by the provocative plot of The Purge. Though its ratings weren’t stellar, this low-budget, 2013 film grossed over $89 million and was successful enough to warrant a sequel, The Purge: Anarchy, which opened last Friday.

The premise of both films is simple. After crime and unemployment nearly brought the…  [more]