Death Contests

by Icedooitle | created - 10 Apr 2016 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

I don't know what specific criteria these films fall under to warrant eligibility, but these are films that depict some contest, game, or trial that has characters pitted against each other and picked off one-by-one. Guilty pleasure of mine. Make recommendations so I can add them.

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1. Battle Royale (2000)

Not Rated | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto, Takeshi Kitano

Votes: 164,761

2. Battle Royale II (2003)

Not Rated | 134 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Three years after the failure of the last BR program, a second act is forged and a class of students are sent to an island with one objective: kill international terrorist Shuya Nanahara.

Directors: Kenta Fukasaku, Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Ai Maeda, Shûgo Oshinari, Ayana Sakai

Votes: 18,985

3. Circle (II) (2015)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Held captive and faced with their imminent executions, fifty strangers are forced to choose the one person among them who deserves to live.

Directors: Aaron Hann, Mario Miscione | Stars: Allegra Masters, Aimee McKay, Ashley Key, Autumn Federici

Votes: 38,151

4. Would You Rather (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Horror, Thriller

20 Metascore

Desperate to help her ailing brother, a young woman unknowingly agrees to compete in a deadly game of "Would You Rather," hosted by a sadistic aristocrat.

Director: David Guy Levy | Stars: Brittany Snow, June Squibb, Jeffrey Combs, Jonny Coyne

Votes: 35,430

5. The Hunger Games (2012)

PG-13 | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 822,906 | Gross: $408.01M

6. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

PG-13 | 146 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

76 Metascore

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 597,650 | Gross: $424.67M

7. Cube (1997)

R | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

61 Metascore

Six complete strangers with widely varying personalities are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Nicole de Boer, Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller

Votes: 203,679 | Gross: $0.50M

8. Cube²: Hypercube (2002)

R | 94 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Eight strangers awaken with no memory, in a puzzling cube-shaped room where the laws of physics do not always apply.

Director: Andrzej Sekula | Stars: Kari Matchett, Geraint Wyn Davies, Grace Lynn Kung, Matthew Ferguson

Votes: 61,008

9. Cube Zero (2004)

R | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A young programmer whose job is to watch over the reality-warping Cube defies orders to rescue an innocent mother trapped in one of its rooms.

Director: Ernie Barbarash | Stars: Zachary Bennett, Stephanie Moore, Martin Roach, Michael Riley

Votes: 35,706

10. Nine Dead (2010)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Nine strangers are kidnapped and forced to figure out the connection they have to each other as one has to die every ten minutes.

Director: Chris Shadley | Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, William Lee Scott, John Terry, James C. Victor

Votes: 12,018

11. House of 9 (2005)

R | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Nine strangers, with no apparent connection between them are abducted: drugged, kidnapped and sealed in a house together.

Director: Steven R. Monroe | Stars: Kelly Brook, Dennis Hopper, Hippolyte Girardot, Ashley Walters

Votes: 8,910

12. Raze (2013)

R | 92 min | Action, Drama, Horror

41 Metascore

Raze, a horror/action film, focuses on two abducted women & 50 other women who are forced to fight each other using their bare hands.

Director: Josh C. Waller | Stars: Zoë Bell, Rachel Nichols, Tracie Thoms, Bruce Thomas

Votes: 5,645 | Gross: $0.00M

13. Exam (2009)

Not Rated | 101 min | Mystery, Thriller

Eight candidates for a highly desirable corporate job are locked together in an exam room and given a final test with just one seemingly simple question. However, it doesn't take long for confusion to ensue and tensions to unravel.

Director: Stuart Hazeldine | Stars: Adar Beck, Gemma Chan, Nathalie Cox, John Lloyd Fillingham

Votes: 101,401

14. The Killing Room (2009)

R | 93 min | Mystery, Thriller

Four individuals sign up for a psychological research study only to discover that they are now subjects of a brutal, classified government program.

Director: Jonathan Liebesman | Stars: Nick Cannon, Clea DuVall, Timothy Hutton, Chloë Sevigny

Votes: 13,423

15. Breathing Room (I) (2008)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Thrown naked into a desolate room with thirteen strangers, Tonya discovers that she is the final contestant in a deadly game. Restrained by lethal electronic collars, the players must ... See full summary »

Directors: John Suits, Gabriel Cowan | Stars: Ailsa Marshall, Michael McLafferty, David Higlen, Brad Culver

Votes: 3,393

16. Saw II (2005)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery

40 Metascore

A detective and his team must rescue 8 people trapped in a factory by the twisted serial killer known as Jigsaw.

Director: Darren Lynn Bousman | Stars: Donnie Wahlberg, Beverley Mitchell, Franky G, Emmanuelle Vaugier

Votes: 226,949 | Gross: $87.04M

17. The Employer (2013)

TV-MA | 90 min | Thriller

Five highly qualified applicants interview for a coveted job. On the night before the last round of interviews, they are all kidnapped and drugged. The next day, they wake up trapped together in a locked room without any hope of escape.

Director: Frank Merle | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, David Dastmalchian, Paige Howard, Michael DeLorenzo

Votes: 1,184

18. Die (II) (2010)

Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Six strangers wake up in cells in an underground facility. Their captive decides their fate with the roll of a die.

Director: Dominic James | Stars: John Pyper-Ferguson, Emily Hampshire, Caterina Murino, Elias Koteas

Votes: 2,526

19. Mean Guns (1997)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

100 people, who have betrayed The Syndicate, are gathered in a prison opening the next day. They are given weapons and 6 hours to kill each other. The 3 remaining share $10,000,000.

Director: Albert Pyun | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Ice-T, Michael Halsey, Deborah Van Valkenburgh

Votes: 4,110

20. Red Room (1999 Video)

68 min | Horror

Four random people (two sisters and a married couple) volunteer to participate in a mysterious game for a chance to win 10 million yen. They have to take turns torturing their fellow players until only one is left.

Director: Daisuke Yamanouchi | Stars: Hiroshi Kitasenju, Sheena Nagamori, Mayumi Ookawa, Yuuki Tsukamoto

Votes: 910

21. Red Room 2 (2000 Video)

81 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

Another four average citizens play the 'King Game', for a chance to win big money. They torture each other in increasingly horrific ways as per the games rules.

Director: Daisuke Yamanouchi | Stars: Miyuki Katô, Yukio Kokago, Salmon Sakeyama, Yûka Takahashi

Votes: 358

22. 8 Million Dollars (2007)

Not Rated | 86 min | Thriller

Eight strangers are invited to spend two days at a secluded house. At the end of the two days everyone will receive one million dollars . But there is a twist. They are left with weapons, ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Doganoglu | Stars: Tom Doganoglu, Courtney Mackay, Rachel Petrie, James Nicol

Votes: 89

23. Vile (2011)

R | 90 min | Horror

A group of friends stop to pick up a hitchhiking woman only to end up getting drugged by her with a gas. They awaken to find that vials have been implanted in the base of their skulls - ... See full summary »

Director: Taylor Sheridan | Stars: Eric Jay Beck, April Matson, Akeem Smith, Greg Cipes

Votes: 5,462

24. Kill Theory (2009)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

Whilst celebrating a graduation at a secluded vacation home, a group of college students find themselves targeted by a sadistic killer who forces them to play a deadly game of killing one another in order to survive.

Director: Chris Moore | Stars: Don McManus, Ryanne Duzich, Teddy Dunn, Daniel Franzese

Votes: 6,730

25. The Belko Experiment (2016)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

44 Metascore

In a twisted social experiment, eighty Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia, and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company's intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.

Director: Greg McLean | Stars: John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley

Votes: 41,676 | Gross: $10.16M

26. Escape Room (I) (2019)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

48 Metascore

Six strangers find themselves in a maze of deadly mystery rooms and must use their wits to survive.

Director: Adam Robitel | Stars: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine

Votes: 74,317 | Gross: $57.01M

27. Cheap Thrills (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

A scheming couple put a struggling family man and his old friend through a series of increasingly twisted dares over the course of an evening at a local bar.

Director: E.L. Katz | Stars: Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton, David Koechner

Votes: 17,210 | Gross: $0.06M

28. The Platform (2019)

TV-MA | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

73 Metascore

A vertical prison with one cell per level. Two people per cell. One only food platform and two minutes per day to feed from up to down. An endless nightmare trapped in The Hole.

Director: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia | Stars: Ivan Massagué, Zorion Eguileor, Antonia San Juan, Emilio Buale

Votes: 124,936



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