20 films about people in a confined space

Claustrophobia is one of the most common fears for a reason. Close enclosed space puts pressure on the psyche and causes panic. The situation becomes even more tense if it is not known how to get out of the trap, a dubious company crept inside, and something terrible lurks behind the walls. Movies about survival in a confined space skillfully play on human fears and know how to really tickle the nerves of the audience.

Oxygen (2021)

In the sci-fi novelty of cinema, the long-standing fear of being buried alive finds a modern incarnation. The girl wakes up in a cryochamber, not remembering her name or recent events. Oxygen reserves are only enough for an hour and a half, and in order to leave the capsule, a password unknown to the heroine is needed. In a critical situation, you have to rely only on cellular communications and artificial intelligence with a voice assistant.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Oxygène

Genre:
Detective, fantasy, thriller

Actors:
Melanie Laurent, Mathieu Amalric, Eric Herson-Macarel …

Country:
France, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
12+


Claustrophobes: Quest in Moscow (2020)

A foreign horror film about people in a confined space is worth watching for fans of quests and puzzles. A popular American extreme blogger and his team film how he goes through deadly tests. For the decade of the video channel, the influencer receives an invitation from a Russian billionaire to visit the scariest quest in Moscow. The whole team goes to the game, which will turn into a real bloody nightmare for the guests of the capital.

Original title:
Follow Me

Genre:
Horror, thriller

Actors:
Keegan Allen, Holland Roden, Denzel Whitaker …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Maze Runner (2020)

A woman who has lost a child is about to commit suicide. A random witness tries to dissuade the heroine from a rash act and deprives her of consciousness. The victim comes to his senses in a cramped labyrinth filled with dangerous traps. You can move there only by crawling, and any delay threatens with painful death. A failed suicide decides to fight for his life.

Original title:
Meander

Genre:
Fantasy, action, horror

Actors:
Gaia Weiss, Peter Frantzen, Roman Lieber …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Claustrophobes (2019)

An excellent feature film, where people are locked in the same room with clues, will surprise you with a twisted plot, interesting characters and psychological details. Six strangers are invited to take part in a quest and win an impressive prize. To get a solid reward, you will have to make incredible efforts: all tasks are deadly, and the losers are doomed to certain death.

Original title:
Escape Room

Genre:
Thriller

Actors:
Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Jay Ellis…

Country:
USA, South Africa

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Mousetrap (2019)

A thief breaks into a fancy SUV to steal a computer, stereo, and money from the glove compartment. Suddenly, the windows and doors of the car are tightly blocked, leaving the robber imprisoned in the terrible heat. The guy unsuccessfully tries to get out of the closed car, which has turned into a real fortress, and the cynical owner gets in touch and obviously revels in the horror and suffering of the poor fellow.

Original title:
4 × 4

Genre:
Fiction, action, thriller, crime

Actors:
Peter Lanzani, Dadi Brieva, Luis Brandoni …

Country:
Argentina, Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Cloverfield 10 (2016)

The next film about people locked in the same room is a chamber thriller where the main character, after a quarrel with her boyfriend, gets into a car accident. Having regained consciousness, the girl discovers with horror that she is in the basement of a house. Two men assure Michelle that there has been a global chemical disaster and leaving the shelter is life-threatening. The girl is doubtful about the words of her saviors and tries to get out.

Original title:
10 Cloverfield Lane

Genre:
Thriller, drama, fantasy

Actors:
John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr.

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Lurking (2014)

An ordinary American family took refuge from a terrible epidemic and brutal bombing in a safe haven. Survivors are crowded into a closed space and subject to strict rules. A randomly started fire attracts sinister monsters to the shelter. The family will have to leave the inhabited bunker and go in search of a safer place, breaking through aggressive monsters.

Original title:
Hidden

Genre:
Horror, Thriller

Actors:
Alexander Skarsgard, Andrea Riseborough, Emily Alyn Lind…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.4

Age Limits :
18+


Separator (2011)

In a post-apocalyptic horror film about a group of people locked in a room, the action takes place after a nuclear strike on New York. Several townspeople took refuge in a bunker with a generator and food supplies. Conflicts begin between the inhabitants of the bunker over the observance of the rules and the distribution of provisions. An armed group of ill-wishers manage to find a vulnerable spot and penetrate the shelter.

Original title:
The Divide

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:
Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Biehn, Lauren German…

Country:
USA, Germany, Canada, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Brake (2011)

A security officer in possession of classified information is kidnapped by terrorists and locked in the trunk of a car. The hero has no idea where the kidnappers are heading. At the disposal of the agent there is only a walkie-talkie tuned to the wave of the same prisoner. The lead actor suffered from claustrophobia, but hid this feature throughout the filming process.

Original title:
Brake

Genre:
Thriller

Actors:
Stephen Dorff, Kyler Lee, JR Bourne …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Buried Alive (2010)

The list of the best films about claustrophobia continues with an impressive psychological thriller with a high rating. Iraqi terrorists buried alive a contract driver in a closed coffin. A frightened man contacts various US departments on the phone. The authorities are in no hurry to act, and there is less and less air left. During the filming of the film, the lead actor developed a fear of enclosed spaces.

Original title:
Buried

Genre:
Thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Ryan Reynolds, Jose Luis Garcia Perez, Robert Paterson …

Country:
Spain, UK, USA, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Devil (2010)

Five strangers with a dark past get stuck in a skyscraper elevator. During the blackout, one woman is injured, and then the other passengers take turns dying. The emergency services cannot release the captives. A detective outside learns that of the five, only four entered the building. Someone stuck in the elevator is not a victim, but the devil in the flesh, who appeared after the sinners.

Original title:
Devil

Genre:
Horror, thriller, detective

Actors:
Chris Messina, Logan Marshall-Green, Jenny O’Hara…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Exam (2009)

The top thrillers about closed spaces continue with a dynamic and tense drama. Several applicants come to the casting in a prestigious firm. To get the coveted position, you must answer the question, but the problem is that it is not asked. Participants first perceive what is happening as a quest and start looking for clues, and then move on to violence directed at each other.

Original title:
Exam

Genre:
Thriller, detective

Actors:
Adar Beck, Gemma Chan, Natalie Cox …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Hunger (2009)

Five strangers wake up in a deep closed well with no way out. The prisoners became participants in a sadistic experiment. The psychopath is obsessed with the desire to find out what people will be capable of after thirty days of starvation. At the disposal of the prisoners there are only barrels of water and a sharp scalpel. The debilitating feeling of hunger will very quickly make the test subjects lose their human form.

Original title:
Hunger

Genre:
Horror, Action, Thriller, Crime

Actors:
Laurie Hering, Linden Ashby, Joe Egender …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.3

Age Limits :
18+


Nine on the Dead List (2009)

An exciting thriller about closed spaces teetering on the verge of genres between horror and detective story . Nine strangers are locked in a dark room. A mysterious masked kidnapper demands that the prisoners reveal their ties to each other. To make the search for the link go faster, the villain kills one of the unfortunates every ten minutes. Only by revealing the terrible secrets of the past can death be avoided.

Original title:
Nine Dead

Genre:
Horror, thriller, drama, crime, detective

Actors:
Melissa Joan Hart, William Lee Scott, John Terry …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Death Room (2008)

Several volunteers agree to take part in a government psychological experiment for a hefty fee. The study takes place in a closed room under the supervision of psychologists and begins with filling out questionnaires, but then a murder occurs and the scientific event turns into a real game of survival. The participants themselves will have to decide who to save life and who to destroy.

Original title:
The Killing Room

Genre:
Thriller, detective

Actors:
Nick Cannon, Clea DuVall, Timothy Hutton…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Trap Farm (2007)

Watching a non-trivial film about a room where people were locked up is recommended for connoisseurs of intricate tasks and puzzles. A mysterious man, who called himself the name of the famous French scientist Pierre Fermat, gathered several mathematicians in a closed room . The geniuses of science must solve an incredibly difficult problem, and if they fail to find a solution, they will be killed.

Original title:
La habitación de Fermat

Genre:
Thriller, detective

Actors:
Alejo Sauras, Elena Ballesteros, Lewis Omar…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


5 unknowns (2005)

Five men wake up in a locked warehouse. Some are bound, others are thoroughly beaten, and no one even remembers his own name. The heroes manage to find out that there are abductees in the room. businessmen and bandits in the room, but no one is able to remember who is the victim and who is the criminal. Meanwhile, the police are investigating , and the villains’ accomplices are approaching the warehouse.

Original title:
Unknown

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime, detective

Actors:
James Caviezel, Greg Kinnear, Bridget Moynehan …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Death Maze (2004)

An exciting film shot in the same room. Nine strangers found themselves in a closed building equipped with many cameras and microphones. The sadistic kidnapper reports that only one will survive. The winner will not only save his life, but also receive an impressive cash prize. Rage, hatred and loss of reason, awakened by the desire to survive, turns unwitting participants in the experiment into real monsters.

Original title:
House of 9

Genre:
Horror, thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Kelly Brook, Dennis Hopper, Hippolyte Girardot …

Country:
UK, Romania, Germany, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Pit (2001)

Four teenagers decided to have a party in an abandoned wartime bunker. Twenty days later, the only girl managed to return. The police begin an investigation. The psychologist tries to find out from the survivor what happened, but the testimony of the surviving girl contradicts itself and does not agree with reality. The film is based on the literary thriller Guy Burt.

Original title:
The Hole

Genre:
Thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Thora Birch, Desmond Harrington, Daniel Brocklebank, Keira Knightley …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Cube (trilogy, 1997, 2002, 2004)

The claustrophobic fantasy thriller is a true classic of the genre. A group of random characters find themselves in a strange building consisting of closed cubic rooms. Some rooms are safe, while others contain deadly traps. The heroes have to not go crazy with horror and, relying on clues, find a way out of a dangerous place. In the sequel, the action takes place in a hypercube that distorts space and time.

Original title:
Cube

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, horror

Actors:
Nicole de Boer, Nikki Guadagni, David Hewlett …

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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