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Popular Netflix series Squid Game has captivated viewers with its intense plot, unpredictable twists, and thought-provoking themes, leaving a lasting impact on those who have watched it. Anticipation is building for Squid Game Season 2, slated for release at the end of November 2023, featuring ten episodes spread over a ten-week span. While the temptation to binge-watch is strong, the reality of the wait cannot be escaped. To alleviate the agony of awaiting each new episode, we’ve compiled a curated list of movies and TV series akin to the captivating essence of Squid Game.

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From psychological thrillers to gory death games, here are seven movies and TV series that are similar to Squid Game.

1. Alice in Borderland (2020)

Alice in Borderland is a sensational Netflix TV series that followed the release of Squid Game. Centred around intense death games, this Japanese suspense thriller starts with a disillusioned gamer and his friends, who are transported to a parallel Tokyo. To survive, they must navigate deadly games, each with its unique challenges. As alliances form and betrayals unfold, the characters face existential threats in this mysterious and treacherous world. The series explores the thin line between life and death in a gripping tale of survival and unravelling mysteries.The series has two seasons and an upcoming third season for you to binge watch while waiting for Squid Game to release their second  season.

How many do you think would survive this deadly game?

2. All of Us Are Dead (2022)

The Korean film industry has been hailed as maestros of zombie films since Train to Busan (2016), and has continued to reign supreme with the recent release of All Of Us Are Dead.

This Korean Netflix series starts with a zombie attack on a regular day. It originated from a science experiment that went wrong in Hyosan High.Trapped in school, the story revolves around a group of students who struggle to survive. As chaos ensues, they confront not only the undead but also their own fears and relationships with friends and family.

This suspenseful TV series will bring you on a roller-coaster ride as the high school becomes ground zero of the virus outbreak. If you were in the same situation, will you kill or be killed? 

3. Hellhound (2021)

Featuring the chilling tagline ‘your time is up’, this film masterfully blends fantasy and horror to depict the fragility of human life, illustrating how easily individuals can meet their demise. 

As mysterious beings appear and deliver death sentences, a group investigates the origins of these otherworldly occurrences. The series delves into societal chaos, religious fervour, and human desperation in the face of an unpredictable and frightening destiny. Through its intense storytelling and compelling characters, “Hellbound” presents a thought-provoking narrative that challenges beliefs and explores the consequences of divine intervention. 

4. Sweet Home

Adapted from a popular Webtoon series, Sweet Home is a horror Netflix series starting with Cha Hyun-soo, a reclusive teenager, as he moves into a mysterious apartment complex. Soon, monstrous transformations plague the residents, turning them into grotesque creatures reflective of their deepest desires and fears. As Hyun-soo fights for survival, he discovers the complex connection between the monstrous transformations and the human psyche. The series blends horror, suspense, and emotional depth, offering a unique exploration of inner demons amidst an apocalyptic nightmare.

The series is set to have their second season released on 1 December 2023 for you to watch.

5. Saw (2004)

Saw,  released in 2004, featuring two amnesic strangers who find themselves trapped, awakening in a mysterious room. As they grapple with their memory loss, a chilling revelation unfolds—they are unwilling participants in a lethal game orchestrated by a notorious serial killer. The enigmatic room becomes the stage for their fight for survival, and the duo must unravel the sinister motives behind their predicament. 

After the first film, nine subsequent sequels were made following the suspense death game. The latest one released just a month ago, ‘Saw X’, starts with a sick and desperate John Kramer who is travelling to Mexico City to attempt a risky experiment to miraculously cure his cancer, only to find out the entire operation is a scam. Filled with rage, John goes back to work and uses a series of cunning and horrifying traps on the con artists with his visceral way.

Will they make it out alive? 

6. Battle Royale

Adapted from a controversial novel, this famous movie was released in 2000 with the background of a dystopian future, “Battle Royale” forces students into a government-sanctioned killing competition set on a deserted island with limited resources. Friendships crumble as survival becomes paramount. Some choose to look for a way out while some others start killing each other.

The movie has a sequel of Battle Royale II: Requiem that was released in 2003. The story centred around another ninth grader set in pairs  tricked to have a “field trip”, only for it to be a mission to kill the previous survivor of Battle Royale who became a group of  terrorists called Wild Seven who wants to bring the government down. The students was told to kill the leader, Shuya Nanahara in 72 hours. 

The film, directed by Kinji Fukasaku, received acclaim for its intense narrative and won awards for its impact on global cinema and Takashi Kitano’s performance. 

7. The Hunger Games (2012)

The Hunger Games unfolds in a divided dystopian society where The Capitol rulers impose the annual Hunger Games, a televised fight-to-the-death among tributes from each district.

Katniss Everdeen, volunteering to protect her sister, navigates the deadly arena alongside Peeta Mellark. As they defy the Capitol’s control, a rebellion brews with the Mockingjay as a symbol of justice. The survival game becomes chaos fireback for The Capitol. Adapted from a novel trilogy, the movie aired as four different parts.

If you haven’t gotten enough of The Hunger Games after it’s finale in in 2015, the brand new Hunger Games sequel will be released on 17 November 2023. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes reveals the secrets behind the rebellion that started 64 years before Katniss Everdeen’s era, featuring the young President Snow.

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