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Ten Films, One Location

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Ever Feel Trapped?

Films that take place in only one location are a fun sub-genre that allow for more unique stories. It is always interesting to see how characters react to being trapped with few resources. 

10. Green Room (2015)

A punk rock band is forced to fight for survival after witnessing a murder at a neo-nazi skinhead bar. This is a great thriller premise that flawlessly presents a high tension situation. It feels believable due to the chain of events, choices made, and acting. You want the band to get out of the situation safely, but there’s a feeling of constant unease. I recommend this if you like hardcore, gritty thrillers. Available for streaming on Showtime. 

9. Saw (2004) 

Two strangers awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there and soon discover they’re pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer. Saw is one of the trailblazers of the torture horror sub-genre. This spawned a whole franchise of people frantically sprinting through warehouses “playing games”, but the original really takes the idea and runs with it. The plot is quite literally “why are these two men in this room together?” While trying to escape, they try to piece together how they came to be there. Saw is extremely re-watchable due to the famous twists and reveals. Throughout all the sequels, it is cool to be able to come back to the original. I recommend this if you like escape rooms, mysteries, or stories with deep lore. Available for streaming on Pluto and Tubi.

8. The Collector (2009) 

Desperate to repay his debt to his ex-wife, an ex-con plots a heist at his new employer’s country home, unaware that a second criminal has also targeted the property, and already rigged it with a series of deadly traps. The Collector is a dark version of Home Alone. There are also similarities to Saw, as the same writers work on both films, but The Collector stands on its own. This is a fun non-standard, simple, and effective heist film. The house and the collector’s presence are deeply unsettling and distinctive. I recommend this if you like Saw, heist films, or other dark films. Available for streaming on Amazon Prime, Pluto, and Tubi.

7. Vile (2011)

Four friends are kidnapped by a madman and locked in a house with six other people. Each of the captives has to endure life-threatening torture to fill a device attached to their heads or they will be trapped inside forever. Somewhat Saw like, this is another enthralling one time watch, with a unique take. The characters are nothing special, but the rules of the game are interesting and have a different twist within the sub-genre. This is an entertaining B slasher type film. The twist adds another layer to the plot, but does not really change the whole story. I recommend this if you have a free hour and a half, like B films, or Saw. Available for streaming on Tubi. 

One Location
One Location

6. Hush (2016)

A deaf and mute writer who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears at her window. A very fresh and imaginative take on home invasion tied into other films about the senses, such as Birdbox and A Quiet Place. Hush is scary due to the threat of silence and the killer always lurking throughout the runtime. The main character gets creative to protect herself from her intruder. This is an awesome concept I would like to see explored in more stories. I recommend this if you like slashers, resourceful final girls, or films similar to A Quiet Place. Available for streaming on Netflix.

5. The Strangers (2008)

A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants. This is a good later 2000s home invasion film with a simplistic set up. In many ways, this feels more realistic than many others of its genre due to the motives and visceral scenes. The Strangers holds up extremely well and is scary for coming out in 2008. I recommend this if you like high tension thrillers. Available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

4. Vacancy (2007)

A married couple gets stranded at an isolated motel and finds hidden video cameras in their room. They soon realize that unless they escape, they’ll be the next victims of a snuff film. Vacancy does a great job of setting up the motel as a threatening location and character itself. The couple carries the story and you want to see them escape their situation. I recommend this if you like grounded and gritty thrillers. Available for streaming on Hulu and Pluto.

3. Last Shift (2014)

A rookie cop’s first shift alone on the last night of a closing police station turns into a living nightmare. This is an extremely creepy and ambient film with a lot of jumpscares. In the paranormal subgenre, Last Shift’s setting and set up make it stand out. This can also be attributed to it being a low budget film. I recommend this if you like anything paranormal, slow burns, or psychological horror. Available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

2. Ready or Not (2019)

A bride’s wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game. A fantastic horror comedy drama, Ready or Not keeps you guessing with many twists throughout. Samara Weaving gives a phenomenal performance carrying a lot of the film and really solidifying herself as a scream queen. I recommend this if you like horror comedies, strong final girls, twists, and dark humor. Available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

1. Frozen (2010)

Three skiers stranded on a chairlift are forced to make life-or-death choices which prove more perilous than staying put and freezing to death. If you like to ski, this film may change your mind. Frozen is fantastic, unique survival horror and a great addition to snowy survival horror films. I recommend this if you like atmospheric survival horror, concise thrillers, or snow. Available for streaming on Tubi.

Frozen (2010) Official Trailer

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