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10 Movies About Being Stuck Inside

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Approaching 60 days of being under stay at home orders, you might start feeling a bit stir crazy.  Being trapped inside one place for a long time may seem like an untenable situation but remember you can put a mask on and take a walk around your neighborhood.  Not to say the current situation is easy but let’s look at movies that show you characters who had it worse and hopefully make you feel better about our collective experience.  Unless you have home invaders, ghosts, an insane husband, neo-nazis or are buried alive, you should consider yourself lucky.  Stay healthy and strong readers and let these films inspire you to keep doing what you need to do.

 

Room (2015)

ROOM tells the extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited 5 year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma.  Their life, however, is anything but typical—they are trapped—confined to a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space, which Ma has euphemistically named “Room.” They enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world.

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The Shining (1980)

When writer Jack Torrance – who has a history of alcoholism and child abuse – takes a job as winter caretaker for a hotel high in the Rocky Mountains, he, his wife and their psychic young son will be isolated until spring. But once the first blizzard closes the road out, the accumulated power of evil deeds committed at the hotel begins to drive Jack mad. Now there may be no escape for his wife and son in this haunting madness, memory and family violence.

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Oldboy (2003)

The film tells the horrific tale of Oh Dae-su, a businessman who is inexplicably kidnapped and imprisoned in a grim hotel room-like cell for 15 years, without knowing his captor or the reason for his incarceration. Eventually released, he learns of his wife’s murder and embarks on a quest for revenge whilst also striking up a romance with a young, attractive sushi chef, Mi-do. He eventually finds his tormentor, but their final encounter will yield yet more unimaginable horrors…

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Exterminating Angel (1963)

A group of high-society friends are invited to a mansion for dinner and find themselves inexplicably unable to leave, in Luis Buñuel’s daring masterpiece The Exterminating Angel (El ángel exterminador). Made just one year after the director’s inter­na­tional sensation Viridiana, this film, full of eerie comic absurdity, continues Buñuel’s wicked takedown of the rituals and dependencies of the frivolous upper classes.

 

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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Outside is dangerous…inside is terrifying in the heart-pounding new thriller from producer J.J. Abrams. After a catastrophic car crash, a young woman wakes up in a survivalist’s underground bunker. He claims to have saved her from an apocalyptic attack that has left the outside world uninhabitable. But, as his increasingly suspicious actions lead her to question his motives, she’ll have to escape in order to discover the truth.

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Green Room (2016)

Down-on-their-luck punk rockers The Ain¹t Rights agree to a last-minute gig in a backwoods Oregon roadhouse. The gig soon takes a sinister turn as the band members stumble upon a grisly murder scene and find themselves targeted by a ruthless club owner and his associates, determined to eliminate all witnesses.

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Everything, Everything (2017)

“Everything, Everything” tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, an 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together…even if it means losing everything.

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Panic Room (2002)

Trapped in their New York brownstone’s panic room, a hidden chamber built as a sanctuary in the event of break-ins, newly divorced Meg Altman (Jodie Foster) and her daughter, Sarah (Kristen Stewart), play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with three intruders–Burnham (Forest Whitaker), Raoul (Dwight Yoakam) and Junior (Jared Leto) — during a brutal home invasion. But the room itself is the focal point because what the intruders really want is inside it.

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Housebound (2014)

Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam – a well-intentioned blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam’s superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers & strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s not particularly thrilled about her return.

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Buried (2010)

Paul Conroy is not ready to die. But when he wakes up 6 feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why, life for the truck driver and family man instantly becomes a hellish struggle for survival. Buried with only a cell phone and a lighter, his contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that could help him discover his location are maddeningly limited. Poor reception, a rapidly draining battery and a dwindling oxygen supply become his worst enemies in a tightly confined race against time – fighting panic, despair and delirium, Paul has only 90 minutes to be rescued.

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