1. As the Gods Will (2014)
In many ways, this chaotic supernatural thriller from prolific Japanese provocateur Takashi Miike (Audition, Ichi the Killer) lays out the blueprint for Squid Game. Starting with a deadly version of ‘Red Light, Green Light,’ Miike’s film pits school kids against one another in a series of head-splattering playground games. But because Takashi Miike is Takashi Miike, things are somehow more gonzo than in the comparatively thoughtful Squid Game… that means that instead of a shadowy cabal, the ones pulling the strings are vengeful gods operating through enormous, wise-cracking dolls. You’ll never look at a lucky cat statue the same way again.