The South Korean Netflix show Squid Game has taken the world by storm like few other non-English language programmes. Who could have predicted that such a dystopian, dark and violent show the exposes the darkest side of humanity, greed, exploitation would strike such a chord with international audiences?

But now what? A second season of Squid Game has been given the… green light, but till then, what else is out there that scratches your dystopian, humanity at its worst, hell in a handbasket itch?

We've got a few suggestions for you...

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Battle Royale (2000)

The influences of the Japan's Battle Royale run far and wide, from the Hunger Games series to a sub-genre of video games actually named "Battle Royale games", Fortnite Battle Royale (or simply just Fortnite), PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (or PUBG) and Apex Legends.

You can see why video games took inspiration, the premise of Battle Royale is beautifully simple; the government has passed the BR ACT to help deal with juvenile delinquency. It involves taking a classroom of teenagers and telling them to fight to the death on a remote island, non-participation is rewarded with death courtesy of explosive collars. Cue many acts of desperate survival, as people are forced to fight their own friends to the death.

Currently available on Apple TV, Google Play and Volta.

Blindness (novel 1995, film 2008)

The Julianne Moore film while being extremely faithful to the source material did receive "mixed" reviews so you can decide if you’d rather read the novel by Portuguese writer, José Saramago instead.

A mysterious disease turns the infected person’s vision completely white. As the blindness spreads through a unnamed city, camps for the infected are set up and it’s here were the similarity to Squid Game appears. The camps become cut off from the outside world and gangs form with the intent to strike fear into the citizens and take control in a seemingly lawless society where murder has no repercussions.

Currently available on Sky Store and the novel is available in all good book stores.

Cube (1997)

In this classic Canadian sci-fi, five strangers wake up in a room with no knowledge of how they got there or why, the room has six hatches connecting to another identical room. Some rooms are lethally booby trapped, some aren’t, every room is numbered. They must work out a way to get out the seemingly endless maze. Leaders take their place, there’s power struggles, villains are revealed and all the while, the whole point of the exercise is a complete mystery. An incredibly inventive low budget thriller with one of the most memorable opening scenes ever.

Currently available on Google Play, Rakuten TV and Apple TV

The Platform (2019)

While many a viewer may suspect some socio-political allegory present in the world of Squid Game, the Spanish sci-fi horror The Platform undeniably plays out Reagan’s "trickle down" economics right in front of you. A man wakes in a cell number 48 with a complete stranger. He learns he is on level 48 of a "Vertical Self-Management Centre". Everyday, a platform moves down through the building starting at level 1, the top floor. The top levels can eat well and lower levels may receive little to no food. Cellmates are randomly assigned a new level each month. It raises the moral question, what would you do when you’re near the top? Ration the food and hope others below you do the same to help prevent starvation? Or gorge, knowing you could be near the bottom next month?

Available on Netflix

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Cheap Thrills (2013)

What desperate acts will some people do for money? It’s a theme of both Squid Game and Cheap Thrills, a very dark comedy thriller about Craig - jobless and facing eviction, he meets up with an old friend, Vince, in a bar. The pair get drawn into a dark odyssey by a wealthy couple, Colin and Violet. It’s Violet’s birthday and Colin is willing to pay big bucks to Craig and Vince to complete certain tasks for her entertainment. The tasks start off harmless, but as the payloads get bigger, so does the danger. It’s a dark, unpredictable and a lot of fun.

Currently available on Apple TV

The Belko Experiment (2016)

Scripted by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), The Belko Experiment is Battle Royale, but in an office. Eighty American employees work for Belko Industries in Bogotá, Colombia, each of them has a tracking device implanted in the base of their skull for "security" reasons. One day when they arrive at their offices the doors are locked and a voice announces that they have to kill two of their co-workers, if they don’t? It turns out anyone who tries to flee will have their tracking device detonated. Chaos ensues and factions are formed, as the voice makes more and more demands. Unsurprisingly, Gunn’s script gets a lot of humour out of a very dark situation...

Currently available on Google TV, Rakutan TV, Apple TV and Sky Store

Alice in Borderland (2020)

Upon its release, Squid Game was instantly compared to this other Netflix series. Based on the Manga series of the same name, Alice in Borderland is set in an abandoned Tokyo in which a trio of friends accidently find themselves in a "games arena" where they are forced to play life or death versions of children’s games. If they refuse to play they are executed thanks to a handy laser shot from above. If they survive they are awarded with a visa and allowed to leave, until the visa runs out...

Available on Netflix