After this year’s breakthrough hit Don’t Breathe, it is safe to say that movies can still be a success even if they use only one location. There are many reasons this filmmaking technique is so effective especially for the horror genre. For one thing, the use of one location creates a claustrophobic environment and the less number of cast members creates a more linear story line. So here, ExploreTalent has put together a list of the best one-location horror movies that are perfect for this Halloween season. Check if your pick made it to our list of top picks below.
5 One-Location Horror Movies Worth Watching
5. Don’t Breathe (2016)
What happens when the hunter becomes the haunted? All hell breaks loose. That was the case for Fede Alvarez‘s recent hit, Don’t Breathe. Three young criminals rob a blind man’s house with the notion that they’ll finish the task easily. Little do they know, the blind man has terrifying secrets of his own. Set purely in one location—the blind man’s small house—this movie will leave you at the edge of your seat with its mixture of terrifying twists and suspenseful scenes.
4. The Cube (1997)
Among all the one-location horror movies, this science fiction/horror film can be considered a cult classic, despite spanning two less-than-stellar sequels. As the title suggests, the entire film takes place in a cube filled with death traps. The characters all have distinct stereotypes, including a cop, a mentally disturbed man, and an escape artist to name a few. Tensions rise when their personalities begin to clash with each other, but they are forced to work out their differences in order to survive.
3. Buried (2010)
For the majority of the movie, Ryan Reynolds is literally buried underground and it’s an absolute nightmare for everyone who suffers from claustrophobia. It may not deliver any gore or paranormal elements, Buried is still a terrifying film set in one location. From Reynolds’s outstanding performance to the overall eerie atmosphere of the set, this movie is something you shouldn’t miss.
2. Saw (2004)
Not many people know that Saw initially began as a short film and was later picked up to be a full-length feature. In fact, it is regarded as one of the most successful franchises of all time, but the first movie stands to be the best among the rest. This one-location horror film takes place entirely in large, dilapidated bathroom where all the victims are forced to play a series of sadistic games.
1. You’re Next (2011)
This slasher film is definitely not for the faint of heart. But if you happen to be in the mood for kickass heroines and twists that might be revealed if this article goes into context, then You’re Next is for you. It might not be as claustrophobic as the rest of the films on this list, but it is still worth the watch.