In some cases the villain here could be identified as the powerful 1% of the population that use the purge to get rid of a large percentage of the lower class population. However, the main villain in these films is something I identify as PHB, or Primitive Human Behavior.
The Fundamental Issues of Modern Horror Films
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Oh, like THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN — though that’s more of a thriller than a strict horror [even though horrible things happen in it].

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