James DeMonaco

American screenwriter, director, and producer. He is best known for creating the Purge franchise, writing all five films in the series and directing the first three, The Purge (2013), The Purge: Anarchy (2014), and The Purge: Election Year (2016).

Staten Island (2009)

Sully is desperate to give his unborn son the chance he never had. Jasper wants to escape the mobsters that have infiltrated his life and business. Parmie, a local mob boss, dreams of crushing the competition. All three men live in Staten Island, and once their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James DeMonaco
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Vincent D'Onofrio  •  Seymour Cassel  •  Julianne Nicholson

Sully is desperate to give his unborn son the chance he never had. Jasper wants to escape the mobsters that have infiltrated his life and business. Parmie, a local mob boss, dreams of crushing the competition. All three men live in Staten Island, and once their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James DeMonaco
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Vincent D'Onofrio  •  Seymour Cassel  •  Julianne Nicholson

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

One night per year, the government sanctions a 12-hour period in which citizens can commit any crime they wish -- including murder -- without fear of punishment or imprisonment. Leo, a sergeant who lost his son, plans a vigilante mission of revenge during the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James DeMonaco
CAST:  Frank Grillo  •  Michael Kenneth Williams  •  Carmen Ejogo  •  Zach Gilford

One night per year, the government sanctions a 12-hour period in which citizens can commit any crime they wish -- including murder -- without fear of punishment or imprisonment. Leo, a sergeant who lost his son, plans a vigilante mission of revenge during the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James DeMonaco
CAST:  Frank Grillo  •  Michael Kenneth Williams  •  Carmen Ejogo  •  Zach Gilford

The Purge (2013)

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Given the country's overcrowded prisons, the U.S. government begins to allow 12-hour periods of time in which all illegal activity is legal. During one of these free-for-alls, a family must protect themselves from a home invasion.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James DeMonaco
CAST:  Lena Headey  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Max Burkholder  •  Adelaide Kane

Given the country's overcrowded prisons, the U.S. government begins to allow 12-hour periods of time in which all illegal activity is legal. During one of these free-for-alls, a family must protect themselves from a home invasion.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James DeMonaco
CAST:  Lena Headey  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Max Burkholder  •  Adelaide Kane

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

Two years after choosing not to kill the man who killed his son, former police sergeant Leo Barnes has become head of security for Senator Charlene Roan, the front runner in the next Presidential election due to her vow to eliminate the Purge. On the night of what ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James DeMonaco
CAST:  Elizabeth Mitchell  •  Frank Grillo  •  Mykelti Williamson  •  Edwin Hodge

Two years after choosing not to kill the man who killed his son, former police sergeant Leo Barnes has become head of security for Senator Charlene Roan, the front runner in the next Presidential election due to her vow to eliminate the Purge. On the night of what ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James DeMonaco
CAST:  Elizabeth Mitchell  •  Frank Grillo  •  Mykelti Williamson  •  Edwin Hodge

This Is the Night (2021)

In the summer of 1982, as all of Staten Island anticipates the opening of a blockbuster boxing movie, an Italian-American family must confront its greatest challenges.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James DeMonaco
CAST:  Jonah Hauer-King  •  Naomi Watts  •  Frank Grillo  •  Lucius Hoyos

In the summer of 1982, as all of Staten Island anticipates the opening of a blockbuster boxing movie, an Italian-American family must confront its greatest challenges.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James DeMonaco
CAST:  Jonah Hauer-King  •  Naomi Watts  •  Frank Grillo  •  Lucius Hoyos

The Home

A troubled man starts working at a retirement home and realizes its residents and caretakers harbor sinister secrets. As he investigates the building and its forbidden fourth floor, he starts to uncover connections to his own past and upbringing as a foster child.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James DeMonaco
CAST:  Pete Davidson  •  Marilee Talkington  •  Matthew Miniero  •  Jagger Nelson

A troubled man starts working at a retirement home and realizes its residents and caretakers harbor sinister secrets. As he investigates the building and its forbidden fourth floor, he starts to uncover connections to his own past and upbringing as a foster child.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James DeMonaco
CAST:  Pete Davidson  •  Marilee Talkington  •  Matthew Miniero  •  Jagger Nelson