The Purge is one of those rare horror series — such as Adam Green’s Hatchet, for example — that seems to get better with each installment. Anarchy was light-years ahead of the damp squib first one, Election Year got even crazier, and now there’s another slice of madness on the way.

The First Purge, which drops this coming Independence Day (because of course it does), builds on the high concept premise of the first three movies by going right back to the beginning.

The official synopsis is as follows:

To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community.  But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation

Series creator James DeMonaco is returning, alongside the unstoppable juggernaut that is Blumhouse Productions. Gerard Mc Murray is helming the project from a script once again written by DeMonaco.

The cast includes Marisa Tomei (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Luna Lauren Velez (TV’s Getting Away With Murder), Melonie Diaz (The Belko Experiment) and many others.

Check out the first teaser below along with the first poster which to say it’s topical would be a vast understatement. Whoever designed this should get a raise, point blank. It’s brilliant; the ideal mixture of attention-grabbing, and offensive while simultaneously letting us know exactly what kind of movie this is.

The Purge: Election Year was the biggest hit of the series so far, grossing $120 million worldwide. Aside from being another solidly nasty, and surprisingly diverse, installment in the series — as well as a showcase for Frank Grillo, who will hopefully cameo again in the upcoming prequel — it bears re-watching because, in the world of The Purge, Hillary won.

Catch The First Purge on July 4, 2018. Stay tuned to the site for more info about the flick as it becomes available.

The First Purge poster