On August 15, 2014, a Purge threat was announced on social media for Louisville, KY, now the threat has spread to a neighboring state, Ohio. The new "purge" threat has been proposed for the evening of August 22, 2014, in the Delaware community north of Columbus, Ohio.
Residents are taking extra precautions and police are preparing in the event that the threat is not a hoax. As movie-goers know, The Purge is a 2013 horror movie that writer and director, James DeManaco created that introduces people to a new kind of terror; one that allows citizens to kill other citizens without repercussions.
The movie synopsis says, "In the future, a wealthy family is held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized."
DeManaco was nominated for 7 film awards including Worst Film for the Chainsaw Awards; however, the first Purge won the Fright Meter Award for Best Supporting Actor, Rhys Wakefield. In the film, The Purge, is set up like a holiday and Americans can legally murder other people during a set time period.
It is unknown what has triggered these Purge threats, the sequel to The Purge called The Purge: Anarchy was released in the United States on July 18, 2014, and continues to play in Kentucky theaters including the Louisville area.
The sequel is based on the annual commencement of the purge, in this scenario a young couple works to survive on the streets after their car breaks down as the event begins.
A flier for the "Purge" idea has got the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), police and schools. Louisville schools have cancelled events due to the imminent threat for the safety of everyone in their city.
Louisville Police Sgt. Phil Russell says in a Time interview, “Due to circumstances that have trended nationally in regards to flash mob violence, in light of what occurred this past spring here, we realize that these things can occur in an instance."
A teenager is being investigated for the threat made in Louisville on social media. Meanwhile other cities including Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio, are dealing with copy cat threats putting police and residents on high alert.