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Nerdist Playlist: What If The Hunger Games Were An ’80s Franchise?

Nerdist Playlist: What If The Hunger Games Were An ’80s Franchise?

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 drawthe 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!

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Comments

  1. Petnzme says:

    Oh! and your view of the 80s…is crap

  2. petnzme says:

    The Cure….A Forest 12″ Ep
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIMlPygBV2o
    Echo and the Bunnyman …Killing Moon
    Blamange Blind Vision 12″ Ep
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgM0_SO9ayg
    Gary Numan My Dying Machine 12″ Remix
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfM6nkpD4Ss
    Visage…..Fade To Grey..
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZiJQL9OLqI
    Simple Minds..Love Songs
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsOUja8trtA
    Blondie…..Rapture
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9kDW3y268Y
    Ryuichi Sakamoto Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgSeZpcMOBE
    Cocteau Twins …Song to the Siren
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mUmdR69nbM
    New Order Blue Monday 12″ Ep 1988
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwupfdyXGfY
    SouixseSioux and The Banshees..,.. Spellbound
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVTtFjU0T-Y
    Martha Davis and The Motels … Total Control
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MFlHGP0VAc
    A Flock of Seagulls …Space Age Love Songs 12″ Ep
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKFjD28qPwQ
    Frankie Goes to Hollywood ..The Power of Love 12″ Ep extended Mix
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLw_K-W3GNE

  3. Jseeiac Tervros says:

    No way!  My wife sits at home for free, please tell me more!!!