Home video: ‘The First Purge’ now on streaming sites

September 18, 2018

Whether you stream, buy or rent, here’s a look at what’s new or notable in home video. Movies are available on streaming sites such as iTunes, Amazon and Vudu unless otherwise noted.

Buy it now

“The First Purge”: Like many horror films, the “Purge” movies work on two levels. The are suspenseful, gory B-movies about a future America where crime has been curtailed except for a 12-hour, lawless free-for-all every year. It’s also, more explicitly as the franchise gained steam, a depiction of actual class warfare. The poor, who soak up the most public resources, are the victims most readily picked off on Purge Night. This prequel concentrates the message by focusing on minority Staten Island neighborhoods where the residents — to the authorities’ surprise — would rather protect each other than join in the government’s first sanctioned slaughter.

Also: “Sicario: Day of the Soldado”

Rent it now

“The Toybox”: A road-tripping family gets stranded in the desert when their RV breaks down. So far, so “The Hills Have Eyes.” But in this indie horror film, the maniac’s cackle is coming from inside the motor home, which is haunted by the spirit of a serial killer. The cast includes not one but two much gossiped about stars, one-time Bond girl Denise Richards, now a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills, and Mischa Barton of “The O.C.” fame. The smartest turn is by the family dog, which runs away near the start of the movie and is never seen again.

Also: “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”

In theaters

“Don’t Leave Home”: Horror film that premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival sounds like it would have been at home in Rod Serling’s “Night Gallery.” It revolves around the story of a painting of an Irish girl; both the girl who posed for the painting and her image in the work of art disappeared at the same time. A young American artist gets drawn into the circle of the former priest who painted the portrait and the collectors who buy his work. What she finds in Ireland falls “somewhere between a dream and a nightmare,” according to a Los Angeles Times review.


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