Movie precursor to Hunger Games?
March 29, 2012 9:41 PM   Subscribe

Looking for a movie title: some years ago, an indie film, basic idea that the government is running a televised competition (much like Survivor), except to the death.

This was years before the first "Hunger Games" book was published, but after the tv show Survivor started. As I remember, people were selected at random to fight each other while being filmed. Just ordinary people, but I clearly remember a scene where several of the contestants look at each other, and then toward the camera, and the camera swings crazily and falls to the ground.

It wasn't a very good movie, but I'd like to find out something about it -- the name at least -- to share with my teenage friends who are on their 3rd viewing of Hunger Games.
posted by kestralwing to Media & Arts (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Battle Royale?
posted by punchtothehead at 9:44 PM on March 29, 2012

Best answer: Series 7? It's very much in the vein of Battle Royale/Hunger Games and it's a parody of reality TV
posted by GilloD at 9:45 PM on March 29, 2012 [2 favorites]

Best answer: I came here to say Series 7 as well.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 9:51 PM on March 29, 2012

Running Man
posted by rhizome at 9:59 PM on March 29, 2012 [1 favorite]

Seconding Running Man.
posted by Telpethoron at 10:06 PM on March 29, 2012

Best answer: Series 7. Stumbled across it a few years ago myself.
posted by Gridlock Joe at 10:08 PM on March 29, 2012

In a similar vein, The Condemned. Not an indie film, but has the aspect of the contest being broadcast. I wouldn't recommend watching it, though.
posted by ActingTheGoat at 10:12 PM on March 29, 2012

Response by poster: Series 7 is it! Thanks once again to the amazing hive mind.
posted by kestralwing at 10:35 PM on March 29, 2012

Also available on Netflix Instant!
posted by rhizome at 12:08 AM on March 30, 2012

Also similar is The 10th Victim.
posted by Gridlock Joe at 7:13 AM on March 30, 2012

Battle Royale, without a doubt.
posted by Raichle at 12:36 PM on March 30, 2012

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