A little cinema history for the kiddos:
The concept of man hunting man goes back a long way. Probably the first example in literature was “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell published in 1924. A big game hunter washes ashore of a Caribbean island and is hunted by a Cossack. The short story was adapted to a novel and a film in 1932. Many adaptations have been made since including Jean Claude Van Damme’s 1982 film “Hard Target”
In 1958 Robert Sheckley evolved the genre in his sci-fi short story “The Prize of Peril” Sheckley’s contribution was incorporating broadcast media into man hunting man as sport. Sheckley’s hero focused on a thrill seeker who had conquered stunts and feats of adventure who volunteered for the game. He was hunted by gangland hit men. The story was turned into a german movie “Das millionspiel” and a french film “Le prix du danger” before the American adaptation.
Steven King’s 1982 novel “The Running Man” refined the genre even more by setting the televised event in a dystopian future. A film by the same name was produced in 1987 starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. In King’s version criminals were competing in a survival of the fittest contest while being tracked by a team of skilled hunters.
"Battle Royale" a 1999 novel by Koushun Takami took a darker turn by placing students against one another in a winner takes all fight to the death. The novel was turned into a gore filled film in 2000. In Battle Royale the students are fighting as a means of collecting research for the government. (Socialists are fuckers- grad students would have easily volunteered for $50.)
"The Hunger Games" (Suzanne Collins 2008) is the latest addition to the genre. In Collins future post- civil war America each the subjugated districts offer two youth to fight in the annual televised games. Tributes are culled and fight to the death to remind the citizens of Panem the cost of resistance.
Shoplifters will be prostituted