Is there an after-credits scene in The Purge: Election Year, the latest movie in the series about an annual anything-goes night?
The end-credits scene, also known as a stinger, is a scene tucked at the very end of the credits that rewards dedicated viewers who stay all the way to the end. It can be something of a gamble to stick around for these scenes as they are not always included, and viewers can often waste five minutes waiting through credits just to get nothing at all.
So is there an after-credits scene in The Purge: Election Year? It appears not. AfterCredits, a site that tracks which movies have that final scene, noted that there is nothing extra during the final credits and nothing after them.
This is a bit of a departure for the series, as fans of The Purge series have gotten used to seeing something extra during or after the credits. The first movie, 2013’s The Purge, had extra audio clips that played during the beginning of the credits.
The next movie, The Purge: Anarchy, had even more during the credits, Media Stinger noted.
“The beginning of the credits of The Purge: Anarchy features generic video clips and images of patriotic American objects mixed with clips and images of weapons and random acts of purging. They do not seem to be directly associated with any characters in the film or its storyline.”
It’s also going a bit against the genre to have no after-credits scene in The Purge: Election Year. It’s common among movie franchises to use end-credits scenes to introduce a new character or plot line that will be covered in subsequent films. The Marvel superhero series is one of the biggest proponents, with the movies using two different scenes -one during the credits, and one after- that gives viewers a glimpse of what’s to come in the series.
The Purge series takes place in the not-so-distant future, a world in which the United States has decided to make all crime legal for 12 hours a year. The movie shows the tension between neighbors as they try to survive the night, and after the original movie set in the suburbs, there was a sequel that explored how the concept would play out in an urban setting.
The latest movie adds a political twist, set in Washington, D.C., and highlighting the tension between politicians calling for an end to the annual free-for-all and others who reap the benefits politically.
Those sticking around to find out if there’s an after-credits scene in The Purge: Election Year will have a surprisingly frightening movie to keep them entertained. Though the series has been known for its suspense, this one has an even darker tone and a much more political message.
Mashable noted that the underlying theme of class warfare that has marked the first two movies is even more apparent in The Purge: Election Night.
“In truth, the annual event is a form of population control that favors the rich and powerful — who can afford to protect themselves and insure their property — while the poor are victimized. That subtext has always floated around at the borders of every frame in previous Purge movies, but it’s front-and-center in Election Year.”
So, while three may not be an after-credits scene in The Purge: Election Year to reward viewers willing to stay all the way to the end, at least it’s an entertaining movie before the credits roll.
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