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Before The Hunger Games, Watch Eight Other Battle-to-the-Death Movies

If the bloody central event in The Hunger Games was actually broadcast on TV, would you watch it? In some ways, the games are a little more dignified than the reality TV currently on the air, which tends to favor humiliation over outright execution (though that whole kids-killing-kids thing is kind of a bummer no matter how you slice it). Still, if The Hunger Games gets you thinking about the real-world implications of this sort of thing — or if you simply want to see more movies that throw attractive people into a ring and then have them kill each other for our televised amusement — here are eight other examples of battle-to-the-death films that may have influenced next week's blockbuster-in-waiting, and our take on just how watchable they'd be if they ever did make it to basic cable.

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