8 ways to survive The Purge
Prevail on Purge Night
With franchise prequel The First Purge out July 4, we studied the first three movies in the sci-fi horror series to find out how you can stay safe on Purge Night, when every crime — even murder — is legal.
Starting with 2013's franchise-inaugurating The Purge, it is clear that the titular 12 hours of mayhem are mostly a way to kill the poor. So get out there and make your fortune!
Stay away from people with masks
Avoid anyone wearing a mask! Purgers love covering their faces on Purge Night. (On the other hand, if you're wondering how to make a fortune, then consider opening a mask factory!)
Don't trust anyone
Seriously, don't trust anyone. Not your friends, not your family, and not your neighbors, especially if you've sold them expensive but crappy home security systems. (Yes, Ethan Hawke from The Purge, we're looking at you!)
Avoid 'murder tourists'
As 2016's The Purge: Election Year demonstrates, Purge Night attracts visitors from around the world who delight in wearing costumes which reference American culture — and murdering people.
Get off the streets
Plenty of people get killed indoors on Purge Night, but the situation is even worse outside thanks to snipers, booby traps, and — hey, watch out for that burning bus!
Win an election
One crime you can't commit on Purge Night is murdering a high-ranking government official —although even that is allowed in 2016's The Purge: Election Year, so as to imperil Elizabeth Mitchell's anti-Purge campaigner Senator Charlie Roan.
Take a vacation
Why not just get out of the country, if you can afford it (see: Be rich)? Think about Paris, Tokyo, Buenos Aires... Hey, you know where we hear is comparatively delightful around Purge Night? Anywhere but the United States!
Do whatever Leo Barnes does
In terms of onscreen Purge-survival time, Frank Grillo's hard nut character Leo Barnes is the current champ thanks to lasting out the events of both 2014's The Purge: Anarchy and 2016's The Purge: Election Year.