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Embracing Claustrophobic Movies

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood September 28, 2010 at 10:27AM

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."
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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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.