Survival Games: 20 Death Quest Movies

Movies about survival games differ from typical horror movies with additional intrigue mixed with fear. The game is built according to clear rules. Here you can not break the system or hide from the maniac – the villains can only be outplayed. We have made a selection of both absurd and realistic horror films, where characters, in the hope of surviving, violate moral standards, undergo terrible trials, and take mortal risks.

Claustrophobes: quest in Moscow (2020)

A popular blogger with a group of friends comes to Moscow to celebrate the tenth anniversary of his channel. A wealthy Russian invites a foreign Internet star to go through an unusual and exclusive quest in the building of an old prison . Instead of the usual puzzles, participants are waiting for deadly traps. Russian translators have renamed the new movie – the original name sounds like “Follow me” or “Subscribe to me.”

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Follow Me

Genre:
Horror, thriller

Actors:
Keegan Allen, Holland Roden, Denzel Whitaker …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Hunting (2019)

One of the most compelling death games movies ever made, it’s a hardcore social satire. A group of people woke up in a forest clearing. The poor fellows are destined to become targets in a bloody hunt – entertainment for jaded liberal moneybags. The victims are not going to give up just like that and give the hunters a fitting rebuff. The film contains many veiled political references.

Original title:
The Hunt

Genre:
Action, comedy, thriller

Actors:
Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Ike Barinholtz, Emma Roberts…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
18+


I go looking (2019)

To become a part of a wealthy family, the bride must join a long tradition – to play hide and seek in the family castle with future relatives. Hiding in a secluded place, the bride learns that she will die if she allows herself to be discovered. Hopes for a happy marriage collapse, and a fierce struggle for life begins. The costume designer had to create seventeen versions of the wedding dress to illustrate all the upheavals that befell the heroine.

Original title:
Ready or Not

Genre:
Thriller, comedy, horror

Actors:
Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O’Brien …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
18+


Claustrophobes (2019)

An interesting horror film about a survival quest keeps you in suspense until the very end. Six strangers get the opportunity to hit a solid jackpot. To get a huge amount of money, you just need to cope with the tasks. Participants realize too late that the chances of winning and gaining wealth are minimal, and in case of defeat they will have to pay with their own lives.

Original title:
Escape Room

Genre:
Thriller

Actors:
Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Jay Ellis…

Country:
USA, South Africa

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Experiment “Behind the Glass” (2019)

Internet stars are fighting in a reality show for a huge cash prize. The most unpopular participants, based on the results of the audience voting, leave the project. Gradually, entertainment turns into a survival game. The trials are getting more and more sinister, which is why celebrities are more concerned not with the promised reward, but with the opportunity to simply stay alive.

Original title:
Funhouse

Genre:
Horror

Actors:
Walter Skarsgård, Gigi Sol Guerrero, Carolina Benefield…

Country:
Sweden, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Death Quest (2018)

The selection continues with an American film about a quest room that has fallen under the control of an evil spirit. Father and daughter decide to have some fun and go to an old house. The most common quests with riddles and puzzles are held there. Otherworldly forces inhabiting the building take control of the game into their own hands. From now on, all traps and trials become deadly.

Original title:
No Escape Room

Genre:
Horror, Thriller, Detective

Actors:
Jenny Ross, Mark Ganime, Hamza Haq…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 5.1

Age Limits :
18+


Truth or Dare (2018)

A group of teenagers are playing Truth or Dare. Supernatural forces intervene in fun entertainment, turning popular fun into real horror. Lying or refusing to perform an action is now punishable by a brutal death – and the participants in the game die one by one. Will there be a winner in this killer challenge and is there a way to stop the nightmare?

Original title:
Truth or Dare

Genre:
Horror, thriller

Actors:
Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violet Bean …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Experiment “Office” (2017)

The exits of the office building are blocked. An unfamiliar voice on the intercom invites the captive employees to play a game of survival with simple rules: kill so as not to be killed yourself. While some office workers agree to follow the savage demands, others are looking for a way to escape and prevent new murders. The musical theme and plot moves in many respects have something in common with the Japanese thriller Battle Royale, which was released on the screen in the same year.

Original title:
The Belko Experiment

Genre:
Horror, thriller

Actors:
John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona …

Country:
USA, Colombia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Nerve (2016)

A feature film for young people about a game where you have to complete tasks for money. A high school girl decides to take part in a popular online entertainment and earn some money. During the game, the girl meets a handsome guy. Together, young people boldly carry out the most tricky missions. Gradually, the stakes in the game increase, and tasks are increasingly associated with mortal risk.

Original title:
Nerve

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, crime, adventure

Actors:
Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Emily Meade…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Remove from friends (dilogue, 2015 and 2018)

A group of friends communicates on a conference call. A stranger joins the dialogue with aggressive threats. You can’t just leave the chat. In the sequel, the protagonist becomes the owner of a laptop with snuff video and programs for accessing the dark web. The former owner of the computer intends to deal with those who learned about the dirty secrets. The audience sees all the events of the film from the computer screens of the characters.

Original title:
Unfriended: Dark Web

Genre:
Horror, thriller, detective

Actors:
Shelley Hennig, Moses Storm, Renee Olstead …

Country:
USA, Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Circle (2015)

Fifty strangers found themselves in a dark, spacious cell. Any attempt to go beyond the red circle is punishable by death. Every two minutes, a terrible device destroys one person. Prisoners can only influence who the death machine will kill next. In a monstrous game, there is a ghostly chance to survive by choosing another victim. Shooting a cool horror film about confined space and survival took only ten days.

Original title:
Circle

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Allegra Masters, Aimee McKay, Ashley Key …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Games in the Dark (2013)

In a dramatic  Russian thriller  , 11 terminally ill people are locked in a dark attic. Together, the prisoners must find out which of them is actually completely healthy. If successful, the sufferers will be healed, but for each erroneous assumption, one of the participants must pay with their own lives. The script of the film is based on the literary game “burime” – twelve authors continued the plot one after another based on control points.

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Elena Antipova, Sergey Vershinin, Andrey Oganyan …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
18+


13 sins (2013)

Social worker mired in debt. To improve his financial situation, the young man agrees to a strange game. A participant who completes thirteen tasks will become a millionaire. The first task – to eat a fly – seems quite innocent, but then the hero will have to carry corpses, cut off limbs, set fires . The not-so-scary death quest movie is a remake of the Thai horror comedy 13.

Original title:
13 Sins

Genre:
Thriller, horror

Actors:
Mark Webber, Rutina Wesley, Devon Grie…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Philosophers: A Lesson in Survival (2013)

The philosophy teacher conducts a series of thought experiments in class. Professions are randomly distributed among students and the task is to decide who should be taken to a protected bunker in the event of a nuclear apocalypse – who has the right to survive? Twenty students must decide who will get 10 seats inside. The educational task reveals the social contradictions of modern society, and also exposes the internal conflicts of those present.

Original title:
After the Dark

Genre:
Drama, fantasy, history

Actors:
Sophie Lowe, James D’Arcy, Reese Wakefield…

Country:
USA, Indonesia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
12+


What would you do… (2012)

An eccentric rich man invites several people in need of money to a dinner party. At the meal, guests receive tasks that require them to transcend personal principles. Gradually, the feast turns into a game of survival. Anyone who refuses to obey the will of the owner, waiting for death. The rich man comes up with more and more cruel tests for his guests. One of the roles in the horror movie about a deadly quest with an unexpected ending was played by a famous porn actress.

Original title:
Would You Rather

Genre:
Thriller, horror

Actors:
Brittany Snow, Jeffrey Combs, Jonathan Coyne …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 5.7

Age limit:
16+


Play to Death (2011)

Five friends receive an invitation to a former classmate’s birthday party at a country house. The youth company arrives at the place, but there is no birthday man, and the brother of the hero of the occasion reports that the guy committed suicide, and the insult at the prom served as the reason for the suicide. An inadequate relative arranges a bloody game to find out which of the invitees brought the young man to a tragic ending.

Original title:
Truth or Dare

Genre:
Horror, Detective

Actors:
Jenny Jacques, David Oakes, Liam Boyle …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.6

Age Limits :
18+


Panic Button (2011)

The reality show winners are on a plane to New York. On the way, passengers are offered to become participants in another game – they just need to answer questions. Every answer given on board has dire consequences on the ground. But players are not given the opportunity to refuse to participate in crazy fun. It remains only to obey the rules and count on survival.

Original title:
Panic Button

Genre:
Horror, Thriller

Actors:
Scarlet Johnson, Jack Gordon, Michael Gibson…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.3

Age Limits :
18+


Exam (2009)

The list of the best thrillers about quests is impossible to imagine without this film with a high rating and excellent reviews from the audience. Several applicants apply for a prestigious job. To pass to the next round, you just need to answer the question. The problem is that the question itself has not been asked. Uncertainty and the desire to surpass competitors pushes participants to the most incredible deeds.

Original title:
Exam

Genre:
Thriller, detective

Actors:
Adar Beck, Gemma Chan, Natalie Cox …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Trap Farm (2007)

Four mathematicians are locked in the house. A mysterious stranger requires scientists to solve a difficult puzzle. Two days were allotted to deal with the difficult task. The walls of the building are inexorably approaching, making it clear that only the right answer is a guarantee of survival. In the course of the action of the thriller, many real logical puzzles and mathematical theorems are mentioned.

Original title:
La habitación de Fermat

Genre:
Thriller, detective

Actors:
Alejo Sauras, Elena Ballesteros, Lewis Omar…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Saw (film series, 2004 – 2021)

The highest rated series of films about locked people in a room at the behest of a psychopathic maniac. The madman punishes his victims for old crimes. Each prisoner has a chance to get out, but in order to be saved, you must go through pain and suffering, freeing yourself from the captivity of ingenious mechanisms. The cult franchise, which is included in all the horror tops, is worth a look to join the true classics of modern horror.

Original title:
Saw

Genre:
Short, horror, thriller

Actors:
Leigh Whannell, Paul Moder, Katrina Mathers…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
18+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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