You have seen the ‘Hunger Games’. That was one hell of a movie where a bunch of boys and girls were thrown into a real world arena to kill each other off – a modern day version of Gladiator fights. If you found the first and the third instalment of the ‘Hunger Games’ brutal then you would regurgitate while watching the blood splattering violence in the Japanese original, ‘Battle Royale’. But at the end of the day, both are merely movies.
Forget ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Battle Royale’, Russia has a reality show where people can actually kill or rape.
Yup, the show – set for telecast in 2017 – is called ‘Game 2: Winter’, where contestants will have to survive the Siberian wilderness braving temperatures as low as -40 degree Celsius for nine months.
There will be 30 of them – men and women in equal numbers. They have to be 18 years or above in age and “mentally sane”.
They will be filmed in the wilderness by around cameras hidden all over the defined arena, which will let the world see the action live 24/7. However, there won’t be any crew.
What makes this show shocking and radically different from all survival shows is that the participants can bump each other off or rape anyone they wish.
An advert of the show, a creation of entrepreneur Yevgeny Pyatkovsky, claims that all participants have signed an agreement that they are willingly participating and know that they can be killed or raped.
“Each contestant gives consent that they could be maimed, even killed. 2000 cameras, 900 hectares and 30 lives. Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything,” reads the advertisement.
The catch is that crimes committed by anyone won’t go unpunished. Rules dictate that “police will come and take” anyone away who has committed a crime.
To defend themselves from bears and wolves, which dot the Siberian landscape, the participants will have knives but no guns.
The show will be aired in five countries and the makers claim to have received 60 applications already.
However, a question can be raised on the prize money; it is merely $1.6 million. Are participants so poor that are willing to risk getting raped or maimed for just this much?