What to watch after Squid Game
Finished streaming Netflix’s Squid Game? These action-packed series and movies will tick all your boxes for your next binge-watch, whether you’re looking for more stylish Korean thrillers, shows with similar themes, or another dose of white-knuckle, adrenalin-rush entertainment.
Money Heist on Netflix
Plot: A gang of thieves rob the Spanish Royal Mint of millions and the only way they and their hostages are getting out alive is if the police listen to their boss’s orders … whether they realise they’re doing it or not.
It’s like Squid Game because: It’s on a par when it comes to tension and terror, and it’s also a foreign-language series. Our advice for both is to watch in the original language (Spanish, for this one) and to watch with subtitles rather than to watch the dubbed versions.
Plot: Co-written and directed by Bong Joon Ho (The Host, Okja, Mother, Snowpiercer), the film weaves a tale of class discrimination and greed as a poor family schemes to infiltrate a wealthy household by posing as highly qualified, unrelated individuals.
It’s like Squid Game because: It’s also from South Korea, and it’s also about inequality and the high cost of living in that country. It’s billed as a black comedy, but there is one scene in particular that will have you on the literal edge of your seat. Part of Squid Game’s appeal is that the individuals it follows are playing the most high-stakes game of their lives – and that’s the case in Parasite too, as the desperate family try to cling to their lifestyle, and, eventually, their lives.
Deadly Class on Showmax and Netflix
Plot: Marcus is a homeless teenager recruited to join an elite private school where the world’s top crime families send their children. Expect an electrifying backdrop of late 1980s counterculture.
It’s like Squid Game because: This one may be lighter in tone, but it’s also based on a deadly premise – and the results are bloody, violent and terrifying.
Run Hide Fight on Showmax
Plot: A 17-year-old uses her wits and survival skills to fight for her life and her classmates against a group of live-streaming school shooters.
It’s like Squid Game because: It’s about a game that’s not really a game – losing, or even making the slightest misstep, will be fatal. It also deals with a very real social issue, though it’s the scourge of school shootings in the United States and gun control, as opposed to income inequality and poverty.
Plot: This limited series is told in two parts, Summer and Winter. In Summer, a man named Sam (Jude Law) is drawn to the mysterious British island of Osea, while Winter follows single mother Helen as she comes to the island seeking answers.
It’s like Squid Game because: Sam is trapped on the island, and he can’t make his way home, no matter what he does. He has no idea that he’s being lured into a trap when he first arrives. Like the contestants in Squid Game, Sam is also surrounded by mysterious locals who (to put it lightly) do not seem to have his best interests at heart.
Plot: Starring Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson, this highly acclaimed miniseries dramatises the catastrophic event that rocked Europe in 1986: the explosion of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
It’s like Squid Game because: Talk about high stakes. The crew who entered the nuclear disaster site took their lives in their hands, and the scientists who were trying to get through to the authorities couldn’t make their cases heard. The powerless residents around the explosion site were essentially held captive by the government’s refusal to acknowledge the scale of the disaster for 36 hours, and the most terrifying of all is that this all really happened.
Plot: After two percent of the world’s population inexplicably vanishes, those left behind grapple with what’s next. Based on the novel by Tom Perrotta and co-created by Damon Lindelof (Lost).
It’s like Squid Game because: It’s a little sci-fi, very creepy, deals with people’s entire belief systems being brutally shattered, and will stay with you long after you’ve watched it.