Last man standing

Over at Alex on Film I’ve been watching a bunch of movies relating to what I refer to as the Game of Death genre. The basic idea has a bunch of people trapped together having to solve some kind of problem or complete a test, or else, at least in most cases, die. My starting point is the Canadian film Cube, but the genre really took off with the success of Saw.

What it is that made such movies so popular at this time? Is it that we all relate to the situation the contestants find themselves in? That’s a scary thought.

Cube (1997)
Phone Booth (2002)
Saw (2004)
Cube Zero (2004)
Saw II (2005)
The Method (2005)
House of 9 (2005)
Saw III (2006)
Saw IV (2007)
Breathing Room (2008)
Saw V (2008)
Kill Theory (2009)
Exam (2009)
Saw VI (2009)
Nine Dead (2010)
Devil (2010)
Elevator (2011)
Would You Rather (2012)
The Maze Runner (2014)
Circle (2015)
The Belko Experiment (2016)
Jigsaw (2017)
Await Further Instructions (2018)
Escape Room (2019)
Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (2021)
Spiral (2021)

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