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Embracing Claustrophobic Movies

Embracing Claustrophobic Movies

Thompson on Hollywood

Riffing off such recent movies in tight spaces as Buried and Devil (which are struggling at the b.o.) and Danny Boyle’s upcoming 127 Hours, Vulture posts their list of the eleven most claustrophobic films. They note: “Confining your film to a single space certainly has its advantages: a lower budget, obviously, but also an instantly suspenseful premise.”

The list: Lifeboat (1944, 95% on RottenTomatoes), Das Boot (1981, 100%), Daylight (1996, 22%), Cube (1997, 61%), Phone Booth (2003, 71%), Open Water (2004, 72%), The Descent (2005, 84%), [Rec]/Quarantine (2007, 96%;2008, 58%), Frozen (2010, 57%), Devil (2010, 43%), and Buried (2010, 84%).

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Of that list, the only one I’ve seen is LIFEBOAT, which shouldn’t count because no one’s enclosed in it, they’re in a lifeboat outside on the open sea with a big overcast sky over them. I won’t see claustrophobic movies, except submarine movies because lots of stuff happens outside the submarine in those movies. Or there are lots of spaces in the sub for men to move around in. I don’t remember finding HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER claustrophobic. And subs can sometimes be quite spacious, like the one on the old “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” TV series, where every conceivable monster and alien would find their way aboard or the heroes would find their way out of the sub and onto another planet. Looked like a fun ride.

Scott Feinberg

They’re a few days late and a few films short… from last week:

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