Interview: Zach Gilford Introduces A Little ‘Anarchy’ With ‘The Purge’


Preston Barta // Film Critic

THE PURGE: ANARCHY | 103 min. | Rated R | Director: James DeMonaco  | Stars: Frank Grillo, Zach Gilford, Carmen Ejogo, Kiele Sanchez, Zoë Soul, Justina MachadoLakeith Lee Stanfield and Michael K. Williams

Fresh Fiction sat down with Zach Gilford (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS), one of the stars of THE PURGE: ANARCHY. We talked about the dark side of humanity, his relationship with the actors who do the actual purging, working with Lakeith Lee Stanfield, and if he’s scared of his own movie.

THE PURGE: ANARCHY opens July 18th.


About author

Preston Barta

I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction ( as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.