The Purge: Anarchy sets up a series of frightening situations that its characters must somehow survive. While last year's The Purge was set in the comfortable suburbs, the sequel takes place mostly on the desolate downtown streets of a large metropolis. Unlike other cities that are proud of cleaning up their downtown neighborhoods, this one is crime ridden and poorly lit, a place where everyone is scared to go outside at night.
That distinguishes The Purge: Anarchy from other urban horror films, which are most often set in low-income neighborhoods that are far away from once-proud downtown business communities.
An angry ecological horror movie, Wolfen posits that wolves roam the streets of New York City, stalking and killing humans who threaten their continued existence. A good deal of time is spent in the South Bronx, which, at the time, looked like a bombed-out city after World War II; views of the desolation are as horrifying as the bloody attacks by the wolves.
The People Under the Stairs (1991)
When slum lords threaten his family with eviction, a young boy sneaks into their house with the intention of stealing something of value, only to discover that the landlords are even more evil than he imagined. Wes Craven crafted a thriller that mixes social commentary and horror.
While researching modern folklore, Virginia Madsen learns about the legend of Candyman first hand. Set in the decrepit Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago, the film examines the roots of income inequality, in between a cascade of terrifying moments.
Tales from the Hood (1995)
Mortuary owner Clarence Williams III tells four horrifying stories, as vengeance is meted out in response to police brutality, child beating, vicious racism and gang violence, leading to a chilling conclusion.
Leprechaun in the Hood (2000)
The fifth installment of the series is exceedingly silly, following the exploits of the beloved (?!) title character as he seeks vengeance against a rap-music producer. What can we say? We love horror movies about little men and pots of gold.