5 Submarine Movies That Can Make Anyone Claustrophobic
Submarines make good locations for movies because of the inherent drama they represent. To be on a submarine is to be trapped in a cold and dark metal can, thousands of feet beneath the surface. Sounds fun, right? So even if you consider standing on an elevator crammed with people as a fun way to relax, these five submarine movies will make you rethink your love of tight and encloses spaces. Now hear this!
Pretty much the daddy of all submarine movies, Wolfgang Petersen's "Das Boot" takes the claustrophobia and tension of being onboard a submarine and turns it into the focal point of the movie. There's the sweaty suspense of the "silent running" scenes, in which even a moderately loud cough could lead to the sub being detected by enemy radar and death for all in the sub. In a subgenre that can be mighty unpleasant, "Das Boot" is the least pleasant of them all–and the most gripping.
Tony Scott's military submarine thriller isn't as exactingly realistic as "Das Boot." In fact, the movie's premise, in which a nuclear submarine's communication apparatus malfunctions in the midst of a nuclear attack order before a possible recall can be issued, couldn't happen in real life because there's no such thing as a recall order when it comes to a nuclear strike. But that doesn't keep "Crimson Tide" from being a tense and suspenseful thriller where the big drama almost seems to burst out of the submarine (but not quite).
The "submarine" in "The Abyss" is actually an underwater research installation, but even though there's a little more space to walk around in, the claustrophobia and tension is still rattling. Take Michael Biehn's character, who goes so nuts with cabin fever that he ends up attacking parts of the crew with an axe. Those weird glowing aliens probably didn't help matters either.
"20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"
As submarines go, the Nautilus is downright luxurious. It has all the comforts of home: plush furniture, a deluxe kitchen (serving only undersea dishes) and even a pipe organ. But would you want to spend any amount of time trapped in a submarine with Captain Nemo? The guy's crazy. Spending time in a football stadium with that guy would make anybody claustrophobic, let alone on a submarine.
"Run Silent, Run Deep"
One of the classics of the submarine movie genre, "Run Silent, Run Deep" was one of the first movies to show what life was really like on a submarine. And that means tension, claustrophobia, and fear. Not just fear of being trapped underwater, but the fear of being torpedoed at any second. And it's doubtful that being trapped on a submarine with Don Rickles is anyone's idea of a fun time.