I love The Hunger Games; you love The Hunger Games; he, she, it loves The Hunger Games. At this point, it is pretty irrefutable that the Young Adult Fiction novel about a young heroine named Katniss Everdeen has transcended a successful movie franchise and become a millennial touchstone narrative about the psychological and physical agency of young women. Sure, sometimes the movie can err a bit on the sappy side, but Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss is the sort of protagonist whose vulnerabilities make her real, not weak, and whose triumphs feel earned.
This got us thinking about other movies that ascended into the pop-culture zeitgeist and featured women protagonists emerging triumphant in the face of imminent eradication. Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley from Alien (’79) was the instinctive parallel to draw—the movie was arguably radical for de-emphasizing her gender and treating her solely as our protagonist. And as the Aliens franchise followed a meteoric trajectory throughout the ’80s, Weaver’s Character became iconic by the third installment in ’92.
This made us curious: What if the The Hunger Games franchise also took off in the 80s? Would it look like a hybrid of Blade Runner and The Breakfast Club? Would there be a training montage? And perhaps most importantly, what would be on the soundtrack? Would it be soapy, histrionic, serious, or all of the above? Team Nerdist took a stab at it below and included some of our favorite classics (“More Than This”), some compulsory anthems (“Eye Of The Tiger”), and some sleepers . Enjoy below and let us know what you think would be on the ’80s Hunger Games playlist in the comments and on Twitter!