Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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One response to “The Purge: review”

  1. Dennis Fischer

    I think the basic concept originated with Theodore Sturgeon for a proposed Trek script called “The Joy Machine.” Gene Roddenberry removed Sturgeon’s credit and significantly rewrote it as “Return of the Archons,” though keeping the concepts of “Festival” (a period of unrestrained anarchy) plus a computer-controlled society. It’s always good to see some thoughtful science fiction out there, and clearly THE PURGE is examining the idea from a different angle. Of course, BATTLE ROYAL had the same basic idea as THE HUNGER GAMES and did, I thought, a more interesting job of it, but THE HUNGER GAMES version does make more explicit that concept of the 1% rulers who live richly off the effort of the rest of country, who are mostly forced to live in oppressed misery. Clearly, these are concepts that speak to our times.

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