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Every week, Imported Horror brings you the best of fiendish ghouls, bloodthirsty zombies and creepy ghosts from beyond the shining seas. We explore international horror movies and television shows from around the globe that are readily available on American streaming services. All episodes are spoiler-free.

Sep 24, 2020

Could you kill your best friend? What would you say if a cruel, repressive regime forced you into a bloody deathmatch with your classmates? This week, the gang slashes through cult favorite "Battle Royale," a dense gorefest about the raw horrors of adulthood and authoritarianism. Also, who would you rather be your sidekick in a battle royale?

Motion Picture Terror Scale: 4 (Marcus) / 1 (Melissa) / 3 (Grady). Quality: 5 / 4 / 4. Enjoyment: 4 / 4 / 5

Articles mentioned in this episode: 

"Kinji Fukasaku • Retrospective" in Timeout

"'Battle Royale' wins the game for hungry fans," by Andrew Lee in The Japan Times

"Dangan-rompa Interview Discuses Character Design And Battle Royale," in Siliconera

"How 'Battle Royale' Became a Cult Hit and Capitalized on 'The Hunger Games'" by Steve Erickson in The Atlantic

"The Real Hunger Games: “Battle Royale”" by Joshua Rothman in The New Yorker

"The New Cult Canon: Battle Royaleby Scott Tobias in the AV Club