Top 20 Claustrophobia Movies

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Buried (2010):

Cocky beefcake Ryan Reynolds gets taken down a peg: In Buried, he wakes up in a wooden box, six-feet underground with only 90 minutes to escape (if you were wondering, the movie is 94 minutes). As a civilian truck driver based in Iraq, Reynolds, as Paul Conroy, only has these MacGyver-y tools: a lighter, a flask, a flashlight, a knife, glowsticks, a pen and a mobile phone. You know how people react when their phone only has 20 percent battery life left? Now, imagine that happening to Reynolds in this scenario.

In the new film Detour, Jackson Alder (Neil Hopkins) finds himself trapped by a mudslide inside his car, alone. It takes intense mental control, as well as purposeful distraction, to escape that kind of claustrophobic, panic-inducing situation (View it in iTunes.) So should you ever be in such tight quarters, you'll need plenty of material with which to distract yourself -- such as a list of the most claustrophobic movies to ever come out of Hollywood. By Diana Clarke.

Published on March 29, 2013

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