The Bottle - Single Location Movies

This is a list that I put together to help me define a somewhat a tenuous subgenre of the high concept canon: the bottle movie. The bottle movie will feature a character or group characters isolated to a single closed location by a fear or inability to leave. It's a popular narrative trope designed to wring out the maximum amount of drama from it's limitations.

As I see it, the key characteristics of this trope is that the location must evoke a sense of isolation and claustrophobia. More often than not the location is a room or a building, but setting a film within these environments does not automatically qualify you for this subgenre. For example, locations such as the…

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  • Lifeboat
  • 12 Angry Men
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Das Boot
  • Rear Window
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Lifepod
  • Cube
  • Right at Your Door
  • 1408
  • Fermat's Room
  • Pontypool
  • Exam
  • Moon
  • The Killing Room
  • Buried
  • Nine Dead
  • The Divide
  • It's a Disaster
  • Coherence
  • The One I Love
  • Freezer
  • Circle
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane