Finally got around to watching the movie The Purge. This movie was on my want to see list because of the dystopian aspect. I’m kind of an iffy horror fan. I’m not a fan of slasher films but I do like the tales of H. P. Lovecraft, monster movies, and the Alien franchise.
Once the movie started getting into the background and history of the annual purge of the movie’s dystopia, I kept thinking, “I know this story”. As the purge scenes of the films’s name got going, I recognized many elements of the Robert Sheckley short story,”The Seventh Victim“.
This got me thinking that I can’t be the only person to see this. Unfortunately, I was surprised that an internet search of The Purge and “The Seventh Victim” only turned up one link making this connection, part a reddit discussion about a movie plagiarism lawsuit. All of the other links were lists of dystopian stories where murder was legal and happened to contain both stories on the list.