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Small spaces, complete darkness, and terrifying killers 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 The Midnight Meat Train 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. The film Buried finds Ryan Reynolds fighting to stay alive after he wakes up in a coffin which has been covered in earth. Other good movies featured on this roundup of the best underground horror films include The Cavern, Stag Night, and The Strangeness.

Which underground horror movie do you think is the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up and add any great flicks that are missing.

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The Descent is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
The Descent Gabi Golan, Keren Miedzinski, Shosh Miedzinski The Descent is a 2009 short drama film written and directed by Shai Miedzinski.

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As Above, So Below is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
As Above, So Below Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge As Above, So Below is a 2014 American found footage horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle and written by Dowdle and his brother Drew. The film was produced by Legendary Pictures and ...more

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The Descent Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
The Descent Part 2 Josh Dallas, Shauna Macdonald, Nora-Jane Noone The Descent Part 2 is a 2009 British adventure horror film and a sequel to the 2005 horror film The Descent. Shot in London and Surrey, the film was released in cinemas in the UK on 2 December ...more

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The Cave is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
The Cave Lena Headey, Piper Perabo, Morris Chestnut The Cave is a 2005 American action horror film, directed by Bruce Hunt. It stars Cole Hauser, Eddie Cibrian, Morris Chestnut, Marcel Iureş, Lena Headey, Rick Ravanello, Piper Perabo and Daniel ...more

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The Midnight Meat Train is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
The Midnight Meat Train Bradley Cooper, Brooke Shields, Leslie Bibb The Midnight Meat Train is a 2008 mystery horror-thriller film based on Clive Barker's 1984 short story of the same name, which can be found in Volume One of Barker's collection Books of Blood. ...more

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The Tunnel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
The Tunnel Luke Arnold, Peter Overton, Goran D. Kleut The Tunnel is a 2011 Australian horror film directed by Carlo Ledesma, and co-written, co-produced and co-edited by Julian Harvey and Enzo Tedeschi. The film stars Bel Deliá, Andy ...more

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Catacombs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
Catacombs P!nk, Shannyn Sossamon, Cabral Ibacka Catacombs is a 2007 horror film starring singer Pink and Shannyn Sossamon. Set in the Paris Catacombs it is about a young woman trying to find her way out while being pursued by a killer. It is ...more

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Mimic is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
Mimic Josh Brolin, Mira Sorvino, Norman Reedus Mimic is an American 1997 science fiction horror film co-written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, based on a short story of the same name by Donald A. Wollheim. Del Toro was unhappy with the ...more

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Dead Mine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
Dead Mine Carmen Soo, Joe Taslim, Miki Mizuno Dead Mine is a 2012 Indonesian horror film directed by Steven Sheil and starring Ario Bayu and Joe Taslim. The Film was produced by Infinite Frameworks, the production house before working on ...more

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The Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
The Pyramid Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O'Hare, James Buckley

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C.H.U.D. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
C.H.U.D. John Goodman, Daniel Stern, John Heard C.H.U.D. is a 1984 American horror film produced by Andrew Bonime, and directed by Douglas Cheek with Peter Stein as the director of photography and William Bilowit as production designer. The ...more

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Creep is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
Creep Franka Potente, Jeremy Sheffield, Joe Anderson Creep is a 2004 independent British horror film written and directed by Christopher Smith, about a woman locked in overnight on the London Underground who finds herself being stalked by a ...more

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Outpost is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
Outpost Ray Stevenson, Julian Wadham, Richard Brake Outpost is a 2008 British horror film, directed by Steve Barker and written by Rae Brunton, about a rough group of experienced mercenaries who find themselves fighting for their lives after ...more

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The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
The Phantom of the Opera Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Mary Philbin The Phantom of the Opera is a 1925 American silent horror film adaptation of Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra, directed by Rupert Julian and starring Lon Chaney, Sr. ...more

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Mine Games is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
Mine Games Briana Evigan, Julianna Guill, Alex Meraz Mine Games is a 2012 time loop thriller film directed by Richard Gray. The film stars Briana Evigan, Julianna Guill, and Joseph Cross.

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Underground is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
Underground Emir Kusturica, Miki Manojlović, Lazar Ristovski Underground, is a 1995 Palme d'or-winning film directed by Emir Kusturica with a screenplay by Dušan Kovačević. It is also known by the subtitle Once Upon a Time There Was One Country, which was ...more

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Graveyard Shift is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
Graveyard Shift Brad Dourif, Stephen Macht, Andrew Divoff Graveyard Shift is a 1990 film directed by Ralph S. Singleton, written by John Esposito and based on the short story of the same name by Stephen King. First published in the 1970 issue of ...more

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Shadowzone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
Shadowzone Louise Fletcher, Shawn Weatherly, James Hong Shadowzone is a science fiction/horror movie directed by J.S. Cardone and released in 1990.

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The Cavern is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
The Cavern Danny A. Jacobs, Sybil Temchen, Mustafa Shakir The Cavern is a 2005 horror film directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi. The film's original title was changed by the studio to cash in on the success of 2005 films The Cave and The Descent.

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Buried is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
Buried Ryan Reynolds, Samantha Mathis, Stephen Tobolowsky Buried is a 2010 American thriller film directed by Rodrigo Cortés. It stars Ryan Reynolds and was written by Chris Sparling. The story is about Iraq-based American civilian truck driver ...more

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Stag Night is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
Stag Night Vinessa Shaw, Scott Adkins, Breckin Meyer Stag Night is a 2008 American horror film, written and directed by Peter A. Dowling.

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The Strangeness is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
The Strangeness Dan Lunham, Terri Berland, Rolf Theison

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Intermedio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
Intermedio Edward Furlong, Amber Benson, Cerina Vincent Intermedio is an American horror film released in March 2005.

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The Boogens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
The Boogens Anne-Marie Martin, Rebecca Balding The Boogens is a 1981 American horror movie starring Rebecca Balding, Fred McCarren, Anne-Marie Martin, and Jeff Harlan.

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Marebito is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
Marebito Shinya Tsukamoto, Ayumu Saito, Shun Sugata Marebito Unique One is a 2004 Japanese horror film directed by Takashi Shimizu.

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The Severed Arm is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
The Severed Arm John Crawford, Paul Carr, Marvin Kaplan When a cave-in traps a group of men underground, they are driven to eat the arm of one of their companions to survive. Years later, the past comes back to haunt the members of the fateful ...more

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The Mine is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
The Mine Alexa Vega, Reiley McClendon, Adam Hendershott The Mine is a psychological horror novel written by popular Indian blogger Arnab Ray.It is Ray's second book.

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End of the Line is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
End of the Line Kevin Bacon, Holly Hunter, Mary Steenburgen End of the Line is a 1987 drama film directed by Jay Russell. Leo Pickett and Will Haney, railroad workers in Little Rock, Arkansas, find out the parent company of the Southland railroad is ...more

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The Depraved is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
The Depraved Anne Heywood, Basil Dignam, Carroll Levis The Depraved is a 1957 film.

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The Devil's Tomb is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
The Devil's Tomb Cuba Gooding Jr., Ron Perlman, Henry Rollins The Devil's Tomb is a 2009 horror film, directed by Jason Connery. It stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Ray Winstone and Ron Perlman. The film was released direct–to–video on May 26, 2009.

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Beast from Haunted Cave is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
Beast from Haunted Cave Linné Ahlstrand, Michael Forest, Frank Wolff Beast from Haunted Cave is a 1959 horror/gangster/heist film directed by Monte Hellman and starring Michael Forest, Frank Wolff, Richard Sinatra, and Sheila Carroll. Filmed in South Dakota at ...more

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Bottom Feeder is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
Bottom Feeder Tom Sizemore, Philip Akin, Richard Fitzpatrick Bottom Feeder is a 2007 horror film written and directed by Randy Daudlin.