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IF THE STORM DOESN’T GET YOU… THEY WILL: Take CRAWL Home on Blu-ray, DVD + Digital NOW – Claustrophobia in Cinema

17 December 2019

If the idea of being stuck in a lift, tunnel or public toilet leaves you feeling uncomfortable, there’s a good chance you’re a little claustrophobic. This feeling of anxiety we get when trapped in a confined space is highly common, but when it comes to relating this experience to another party, what is the best way to go about it? Given its ability to trigger multisensory responses in the viewer, cinema appears an especially apt medium for conveying this panic.

To celebrate the home entertainment release of Crawl available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download Now, join us for a look at some excellent recent depictions of claustrophobia in film....



127 Hours (2010)
Danny Boyle’s Oscar-nominated survival film is based on the remarkable true story of adventurer Aron Ralston (played by James Franco), who was trapped for five days in an isolated slot canyon after getting his arm stuck under a boulder. Retold through a combination of flashbacks and a video diary Ralston uses to document his solitude, 127 Hours has us share in the man’s growing desperation as his water supply depletes and health deteriorates. Ralston himself described the film as ‘so factually accurate it is as close to a documentary as you can get’ whilst still a drama; Franco has also confessed that long shoots in tight, dark spaces on location in Utah left him physically and emotionally drained, adding a further layer of veracity to the finished product. Pure spectacle at its gut-wrenching best.



Buried (2010)
This Ryan Reynolds-fronted account of an American lorry driver’s kidnapping and subsequent live burial in Iraq may seem like an improbable scenario, but as Rodrigo Cortés’ feature builds, it develops into both a confident psychological thriller and quintessential survival film. Whilst Paul Conroy’s (Reynolds) kit consists of more items than Ralston’s in 127 Hours, with a lighter, knife and mobile phone proving particularly useful, our empathetic exasperation is immeasurably intensified as every claustrophobe’s worst nightmare plays out on the big screen. Mesmerising and worry-inducing in equal measure.



Saw (2004)
Undoubtedly one of the most iconic horror films of the noughties, James Wan’s Saw serves up a terrifying moral dilemma: two men awaken to find themselves alone and locked in a decrepit bathroom, with one ordered to kill the other or have his family die. Whilst some of its gory scenes may not be to everyone’s liking, there is no denying the intelligence behind the script: Leigh Wannell’s intricate screenplay has even been compared to David Fincher’s gritty masterpiece Seven (1995). Grossing more than $100 million on a budget of just over $1 million, Saw’s unflinching, visceral depiction of fear and claustrophobia may well be the reason why the franchise has gained such a cult following, complete with its own ride at Thorpe Park. Frightfully good.



The Descent (2005)
Another critically-acclaimed British horror film from writer-director David Marshall, The Descent focuses on six women who find themselves trapped and alone in an underground cave network…or so they think. Humanoid creatures, aptly named ‘crawlers’, pursue the group relentlessly as they struggle to reach the surface and escape the monsters’ dark habitat. Fans of 2018’s A Quiet Place will undoubtedly see this as an exceptional precursor, particularly in light of the crawlers’ heightened hearing and smell in their vision’s absence. Unlike the extra-terrestrial creatures in John Krasinki’s film, however, Marshall’s crawlers are almost human, described as a lost, evolved form of cavepeople never exposed to the light, rendering them an even creepier prospect. After all, what is more uncanny than warped versions of ourselves?



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