Alice in Borderland season 2 was released two weeks ago, so I’m sure that you guys have already finished binging it and are waiting for the new season. Will there even be an Alice in Borderland season 3? It’s not confirmed, but the good news is, there’s a long way to go before the manga ends.

While waiting for a possible season 3 to be released, here are seven movies like Alice in Borderland to watch.

1. Battle Royale (2000)

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Battle Royale is a Japanese psychological-thriller movie from 2000. A similar genre to Alice in Borderland, this film follows a group of students who are forced to fight to the death by the Japanese totalitarian government.

With the aim to curb the nation’s juvenile delinquency, a group of students were tricked to participate in a “field trip”. Once they arrived on an abandoned island, the students were forced to cooperate in the brutal games designed by the government, lest their explosive collars around their neck will kill them.

Touted as one of the best films in its era, Battle Royale was the highest-grossing Japanese-language film just six weeks after its screening date, and grossed over $30 million in en countries. Even filmmaker Wuentin Tarantino had high regards for this action-packed thriller. 

2. The Sacrifice Dilemma (2013)

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Just when you thought you could finally leave school, the students find themselves dragged into a mysterious death game.

On graduation day, Junichi Shinohara shows up in school to find a giant pit dug in the school campus. A strange message comes over the PA system: “In one hour, everyone will die. There is only one way to survive. You must offer a sacrifice.”

3. Escape Room (2019)

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Six strangers receive a mysterious black box with tickets to participate in an escape room game. Given the prospects of winning ten thousand dollars, they signed up, unaware that their inability to solve the puzzles will inadvertently lead to their deaths.

Can the players solve this deadly escape room, and find out who is behind this inhumane game?

The sequel, Escape Room: was later released in 2021. A new escape room is designed for all the winners of the past games, to determine the one true victor.

4. Tag (2015)

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You might have seen the first few minutes of this gory Japanese movie on TikTok, as a mysterious gust of wind slices through a school bus, decapitating everyone on board except for Mitsuko.

Shaken, and still in a daze, she leaves the bus and meets a group of students who were cast in a similar predicament.

Tag, a Japanese psychological thriller, follows Mitsuko and her new companions, as the are cast into multiple bizarre realities, which each ending in a bloody carnage. How can Mitsuko put an end to her fate?

5. Platform (2019)

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Would you rather eat, or be eaten?

Platform, a social science fiction horror film, is set in the “Vertical Self-Management Center”, a tall, vertical building. Protagonist Goreng volunteers to spend six months in this mysterious building in exchange for a diploma. When he wakes up, he finds himself in a small cell — one of the floors of the building — with a giant square hole on every floor. He learns from his cellmate that food is delivered via a platform that travels from top-down, pausing for a fixed period on each floor. People on lower levels can eat only what’s left behind by those on the top floor, meaning that those on the bottom can potentially have nothing left.

The residents in the tower are randomly reassigned a new floor each month. How will Goreng survive these grueling six months?

Not just a psychological thriller, Platform underscores the inherent problem of capitalism in our modern world.

6. Saw

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Saw, the American horror franchise, is one of the most iconic thrillers in the film industry. Even if you haven’t watched the movies, you would recognise the “Saw” mask, worn by the psychotic killer.

With nine movies in the franchise, the first eight centers around the killer John “Jigsaw” Kramer, who captures his victims and forces them to play a series of games. Losing the game results in serious injuries, and even death. Meanwhile, the last movie revolves around a copycat killer, while still maintaining continuity with the previous films.

7. Cube (1997)

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Six strangers wake up in different cubic cells without remembering how they got there. The first man wanders around aimlessly, and is killed in a gory fashion. Later, the five remaining people meet in the same room.

Each with their own skills — an escape artist of seven prisons, or a genius mathematician, etc. — the five participants have to figure out a way out of this deadly prison.

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