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Pretty Good Horror Movies That Take Place In Caves And Underground 

Jonah Dorrance
Updated November 14, 2019 1.4k votes 453 voters 37.1k views 14 items

Small spaces, complete darkness, and terrifying figures combine to make underground horror movies seriously frightening. The top cave horror movies feature characters fighting for their lives without the benefit of sunlight. This is a list of the top subterranean horror movies featuring everything from Mimic to End of the Line.

What films will you find on this list of the top underground cave horror movies? Fans of the classics might vote The Phantom of the Opera up to the very top. This timeless story finds the title character lurking in the cellars of the Paris Opera as he pines for the woman he loves. The Descent – which is set in an unexplored system of caves and tunnels – is another scary movie set underground. Other good movies featured on this roundup of the best underground horror films include The Cavern, Stag Night, and The Strangeness.

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The Descent

Who Heads Underground

A group of girlfriends and experienced spelunkers get together for another excursion in hopes of cheering up our protagonist Sarah, who is suffering the loss of her husband and son. Only after the cave's entrance is sealed by a rock slide do the women discover they're exploring an unmarked cavern system, with no map to guide them towards a way out. 

What's Lurking Underground

The women soon become hunted by blind, carnivorous humanoid creatures that know the caves much better than they do. They must escape pools of blood, cave-ins, and by the end of it all, each other.

Does Anybody See The Light Of Day

Depending on whether you watch the US version or not, all but one of the group makes her way out of the cave after abandoning the other survivor. The UK experienced a much darker ending, where no one reaches the exit, and their survival is ambiguous.

If you like this movie, be sure to check out other cave movies like The Descent.

Actors: Gabi Golan, Keren Miedzinski, Shosh Miedzinski

Released: 2009

Directed by: Shai Miedzinski

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As Above, So Below

Who Heads Underground

In search of the philosopher's stone, a tenacious alchemy researcher leads a small ragtag team of scholars and French street guides into the famous catacombs, a complex web of underground tunnels beneath the streets of Paris.

What's Lurking Underground

A question the movie itself seems to ask its viewers, the team encounters cultists, paranormal phenomena, ancient riddles, and religious reckonings. Believing themselves in Hell, the group must continue downward in order to find an exit, each member losing their grasp on reality as they are pursued by haunting memories and hooded demons alike.

Does Anybody See The Light Of Day

Only three see the streets of Paris again, whether they survive the lifetime of nightmares is another story.

Actors: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, Fran├žois Civil

Released: 2014

Directed by: John Erick Dowdle

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The Descent Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Pretty Good Horror Movies That Take Place In Caves And Underground
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Who Heads Underground

Following the US ending where Sarah makes her way out of the cave, she returns to the deadly caverns with two police officers and a trio of specialists, in search of Sarah's missing friends.

What's Lurking Underground

The creepy cave cryptids are back at it again to hunt, adding more bones to their horrific food pit. The team again must combat the darkness and their poor knowledge of the cave, while Sarah relives the loss of her friends and faces the person she left behind.

Does Anybody See The Light Of Day

Almost, they're so close.

Actors: Josh Dallas, Shauna Macdonald, Nora-Jane Noone, MyAnna Buring, Anna Skellern, + more

Released: 2009

Directed by: Jon Harris

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The Cave is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Pretty Good Horror Movies That Take Place In Caves And Underground
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Who Heads Underground

A duo of scientific researchers with their cameraman team up with a group of American cave explorers and divers to explore subterranean caverns beneath a 13th century abbey. Despite a graphic mural in the abbey depicting large, winged creatures in addition to the locals warning of a possible unknown eco-system, the adventurers push forward.

What's Lurking Underground

Surprise! The very creatures depicted in the abbey begin picking the group apart, dragging them below the water and snatching them up through the crevices. Somehow worse than that, they also become hosts for a parasite born from the underground environment that turns humans into demons.

Does Anyone See The Light Of Day

A few manage to escape the nightmare caves thanks to the heroic efforts of a teammate, but it doesn't really matter because the parasite leaves the cave too, and its host goes on their merry way to infect humanity.

Actors: Lena Headey, Piper Perabo, Morris Chestnut, Daniel Dae Kim, Eddie Cibrian, + more

Released: 2005

Directed by: Bruce Hunt

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