Movies can have powerful impacts on their audiences. Some movies make people laugh, some movies entertain people, and some movies frighten people. Two teenagers in Scranton recently confused the fictional world in the movie "The Purge" with real life and are now facing several criminal charges.
The movie depicts a world where crime is legal for 12 hours on a given day. Apparently believing they were living in the world, the two teenagers allegedly donned masks similar to the masks worn by characters in the movie and began following two women as they walked along Mulberry Street after leaving Granteed's Pizza. The two women noticed that that they were being followed, but because the bars were closing and patrons were filling the sidewalks, the women felt safe. In the 200 block of Adams Street, the two men ran at the women and snatched their purses. The men allegedly cursed the women and told them that they were in "the purge." The two men then fled.