Claustrophobia is the fear of being enclosed in a confined space and unable to escape. It can be triggered by many situations or stimuli such as elevators, windowless rooms, small cars, and tight-necked clothing. For some people, even going to the movies can make them feel claustrophobic.
While many movies give us a sense of an expansive world in which popular characters roam freely, the magic of cinema can also tighten the walls around us and provide some truly claustrophobic encounters. Few feelings create anxiety more than being trapped in a small space. Many films take advantage of this discomfort, often being filmed in one location or room for the entire movie.
A movie does not have to be shot in an enclosed setting to be able to invoke a feeling of claustrophobia in the audience. Many films play on the fear of confined spaces by using elements that trigger that same overwhelming feeling of claustrophobia. This can include the feeling of being trapped, being somewhere where you cannot leave or escape, or being hunted down or in mortal danger.
The infographic below looks at some of the best movies that make viewers feel claustrophobic, ranked in order of their claustrophobic factor. The varied settings include: an estate, a phone booth, a panic room, a canyon, a bunker, and a coffin. Some are underground, while others are right out in the open. Nevertheless, all of those settings play successfully into conjuring up feelings of claustrophobia.
The infographic includes information on each of the movie directors, box office statistics, release date, famous quotes, and more. NOTE: All of the films are rated R, except for 10 Cloverfield Lane, which is PG-13.