Graveyard Shift The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground  

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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
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
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
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
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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Mimic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
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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The Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O'Hare, James Buckley

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Creep is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
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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Dead Mine is listed (or ranked) 8 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 Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
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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C.H.U.D. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
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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Outpost is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
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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Mine Games is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
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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Stag Night is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
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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Underground is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place 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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The Cavern is listed (or ranked) 15 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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The Boogens is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
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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The Depraved is listed (or ranked) 17 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 Strangeness is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies That Take Place Underground
The Strangeness Dan Lunham, Terri Berland, Rolf Theison

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The Severed Arm is listed (or ranked) 19 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