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​People Playing Red Light, Green Light For Real After Watching Squid Game

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​People Playing Red Light, Green Light For Real After Watching Squid Game

People are taking part in the 'Red Light, Green Light' game after watching Squid Game on Netflix, in turn setting off something of a new trend on TikTok.

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Squid Game is a K-drama TV series, which is the brainchild of South Korean film director Hwang Dong-hyuk.

The thriller sees some 456 cash-strapped individuals on the brink of financial ruin accept a strange invitation to compete in a tournament to win a huge cash bailout - but what they don't realise until they get there is that they'll be competing in games they played as kids, the catch being that they're now a little deadlier than they remember.

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Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

In the first episode, the players take part in 'Red Light, Green Light', a children's game which sees one person commanding the others to either run towards them (green light) or stay completely still (red light).

It's similar to 'What's the Time, Mr Wolf?' or 'Musical Statues', if anyone remembers those.

Anyone who continues to move at all when it's the 'red light' is eliminated from the game, but in Squid Game's terrifying version, being eliminated is something that's taken a lot more literally - with players gunned down.

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Now TikTokers are recreating the film's game in videos - minus the actual dying, of course.

Credit: TikTok/@viaprawr
Credit: TikTok/@viaprawr

One user called @viaprawr posted a video of a group approaching the large animatronic figure seen in the film, which appeared to have been placed in a public space as a promotional stunt.

As it spins around, the group suddenly stops, with the eerie music from the show playing over the top.

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Another called @yovincaprafika shared a similar video, writing: "Those who have watched it will understand."

The show has been hugely popular since it landed on Netflix recent, having even managed to earn itself a coveted 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics absolutely raving about it.

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

Decider's Joel Keller said: "Squid Game's takes a fresh idea and spins it into a thrilling drama."

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Kayti Burt from Den of Geek added: "Squid Game doesn't offer an escape from the horrors of the real world; within its limitations as a fictional drama, it gives us something far rarer: an affirmation that they exist, and that we're not alone in finding them nightmarish."

Forbes' Paul Tassi wrote: "It's a strange, violent, disturbing adventure, and if that sounds like something you'd like, I can't recommend Squid Game enough."

Squid Game is now available to stream on Netflix now.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, TikTok

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