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200 Greatest Horror Films (160-151)

Special Mention: Battle Royale

Written and directed by Kinji Fukasaku

Japan, 2000

The concept of The Hunger Games owes much to Koushun Takami’s cult novel Battle Royale, adapted for the cinema in 2000 by Kinji Fukasaku. The film is set in a dystopian alternate-universe, in Japan, with the nation utterly collapsed, leaving 15 percent unemployed and 800,000 students boycotting school. The government passes something called the Millennium Educational Reform Act, which apparently provides for a class of ninth-graders to be chosen each year and pitted against one another on a remote island for 3 days. Each student is given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water, and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred fight to the death. With 48 contestants, only one will go home alive. Yes, this has been often cited as the original Hunger Games; whether or not Suzanne Collins borrowed heavily
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100 + Greatest Horror Movies (Pt. 2): 124-101

Throughout the month of October, Editor-in-Chief and resident Horror expert Ricky D, will be posting a list of his favorite Horror films of all time. The list will be posted in six parts. Click here to see every entry.

As with all lists, this is personal and nobody will agree with every choice – and if you do, that would be incredibly disturbing. It was almost impossible for me to rank them in order, but I tried and eventually gave up.

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124: (Tie) Inside (À l’intérieur)

Directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury

Written by Alexandre Bustillo

2007, France

Four months after the death of her husband, a pregnant woman is tormented by a strange woman who invades her home with the intent on killing her and taking her unborn baby. This movie is not recommended for women on the brink of motherhood. Inside is one of the most vicious and
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TV Writer Ross Dies

TV Writer Ross Dies
Hollywood is mourning the death of comedy scribe Mickey Ross, who wrote for hit sitcoms All In The Family, The Jeffersons and Three's Company.

The 89 year old passed away on Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after complications from a stroke and heart attack.

Ross, a bomber pilot during World War II, was largely involved with the creation of All In The Family, serving as a writer, story editor and executive producer for 81 episodes of the 1970s TV comedy.

He also wrote and produced the series' spin-off The Jeffersons, before writing and directing episodes of the U.S. sitcom Three's Company.

His accomplishments were recognised in 1973 when he won an Emmy for outstanding achievement in comedy for an All In The Family episode, an honour he shared with writing partners Bernie West and Lee Kalcheim.

Ross' wife Irene died in 2000. The couple had no children.

A memorial service is scheduled for Ross on 30 May at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles.

'All in the Family' scribe Mickey Ross dies

'All in the Family' scribe Mickey Ross dies
Comedy writer and producer Mickey Ross, an Emmy winner who worked on "All in the Family," "The Jeffersons" and "Three's Company," died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles of complications from a stroke and heart attack. He was 89.

In the 1950s, Ross formed a comedy partnership with fellow City College of New York alumnus Bernie West (Class of '39). They worked on "The Martha Raye Show" and there developed a relationship with Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin, the creators of the landmark "All in the Family" sitcom for CBS.

Ross was a writer, story editor and executive producer for 81 episodes of the show. He shared with West and Lee Kalcheim the 1973 Emmy for outstanding writing achievement in comedy for the episode "The Bunkers and the Swingers," where Edith answers a magazine personal ad from a couple seeking new friends.

Ross and West also wrote for and executive produced "The Jeffersons,
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