The official trailer for The Hunger Games gave us our first look at the dystopian society that forces children to kill one another for sport on broadcast television. I could so see CBS greenlighting that concept.

This bleary look at the future seems pretty bad, but only if you're a kid or know any kids. Otherwise, it's not so bad. It's not like there are zombies, cannibals, and thieves running around. Nor is the sky full of poison. And it's not Detroit. With that in mindere's a look at other film dystopias that are way, way worse.

The Road

Being a single father is hard enough without having to dodge cannibals. When a cataclysm kills off all plants and animals and blots out the sun, Viggo Mortensen and his son attempt to go south for the apocalypse. They have to fight off thieves and hungry people trying to eat them along the way. Also, pushing a shopping cart through the mud is always a crappy task. Get a tobogan or something, Viggo.

Land of the Dead

Yes. Cannibals are a pain in the ass, but zombies are a total nightmare. They don't need sleep. They don't get sick. And they smell almost as bad as Zuccotti Park. In Land of the Dead, zombies have taken over most of the planet. Survivors were able to set themselves up in a walled off city, but class warfare brings down their security systems and puts everyone at risk. So prophetic, George Romero.

Children of Men

Sure. Kids are annoying on three hour flights, but what if mankind were unable to produce more? In Children of Men, that phenomenon leads to social unrest, violence, chaos, and the collapse of society. I'd think it would lead to more disposable incomes and everyone banging all the time. Sorry, Children of Men. You make dystopias sound pretty awesome.


Idiocracy provides a chilling glimpse into the future, showing what happens when stupid people multiply. The greatest minds eventually die off after devoting their reproductive years to their careers and fields of study instead. As a result, there's garbage everywhere, sports drink replaces water, and the most popular show on television follows a guy who kicks people in the nuts. I'm not so big on garbage or Gatorade, but I can appreciate a creative nut-kicking. Perhaps the future ain't so bad.

Terminator: Salvation

After years of fan speculation, Terminator: Salvation finally gives audiences what they want; a look at the future under the rule of the machine overlords. Man, what a crap-hole. Why are these machines such dicks to us? And why don't they hire a plow to clear those roads? It's got to be hard on them to have to stomp down on skulls with every step. Sure, it's fun to crush a few here and there, but I'm sure it would get boring after awhile. Like popping bubble wrap.

Mad Max

Don't you hate it when loud motorcycle clubs drive past your place, making a ton of noise and setting off car alarms? Just imagine if you lived in a society where law and order has broken down and motorcycle gangs have taken over completely. You'd never be able to take your Vespa out in public again.



Escape From New York

In John Carpenter's dystopian view of the late 90's, crime is up 400% and the island of Manhattan has been converted into a giant maximum security prison. Surrounded by a wall and booby traps, no one is allowed in or out. Not even guards. It's total mayhem. Way worse than New York now. It's like having angry Jets fans everywhere.

However, I do prefer this version of the late 90's to the one we lived through. There's no Sugar Ray in this timeline.

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs

The town of Swallow Falls, located on a tiny island hidden under the “A” in Atlantic on the map of the world, suffered a terrible blow to its local economy once the rest of the world realized that sardines, the island's chief export, are super gross. Now the citizens are stuck with their surplus of tiny fish and can't afford to eat anything else. To make matters worse, there are also rat-birds, which means there's also rat-bird poop.