The idea of filming a movie in one location can be traced back to the 1920s. The first ever horror movie with this concept was the Amityville Horror, which was released in 1979. Here we have compiled a list of 10 films shot in one location. Starting with the lowest IMDb rating.
In descending order, the first film on our list is:
10 – Amityville Horror (2005) (IMDb Rating: 6.0)
The Amityville Horror is a 2005 horror film directed by Andrew Douglas and written by Scott Kosar. It is based on the 1977 novel of the same name by Jay Anson, which tells the story of a family that moves into a house in Amityville, Long Island, where a mass murder had taken place.
The film stars Ryan Reynolds as George Lutz, Melissa George as Kathy Lutz, Philip Baker Hall as Father Delaney and Rachel Nichols as Missy Dandridge.
The Amityville Horror Real House Location
9 – Frozen (2010) (IMDb Rating: 6.2)
Location: Ski Lift
Frozen 2010 is a horror movie that was released in the year 2010. It is about a group of skiers who get stuck on a ski lift during the night and they are hunted by a vicious pack of wolves.
8 – Paranormal Activity (2007) (IMDb Rating: 6.3)
Paranormal Activity is a 2007 American found footage horror film written and directed by Oren Peli. It tells the story of a young couple, Katie and Micah, who are haunted by a supernatural being that invades their home and terrorizes them.
Paranormal Activity – House Location
7 – Devil (2010) (IMDb Rating: 6.3)
Devil is a 2010 American supernatural horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle and written by Brian Nelson. The film revolves around a group of people who are trapped in an elevator left fighting for their lives against the devil.
6 – Panic Room (2002) (IMDb Rating: 6.8)
Panic Room is a 2002 American thriller film directed by David Fincher, written by David Koepp and starring Jodie Foster and Forest Whitaker.
The movie tells the story of a mother and daughter who are terrorized in their new home by burglars who have broken in, set up booby traps throughout the house, and have already murdered the family’s security guard. The two must figure out how to get out alive, and avoid being killed.
5 – 1408 (2007) (IMDb Rating: 6.8)
Location: Hotel Room
In 1408, Mike Enslin is an author who investigates allegedly haunted locations and reports his findings to skeptical readers. He receives a letter from Mr. Olin who claims that his hotel room, Room 1408 at Dolphin Hotel, is haunted and wants him to investigate it for him.
4 – Buried (2010) (IMDb Rating: 7.0)
Buried 2010 is a movie about a guy called Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds), an American truck driver working in Iraq, wakes up to find himself buried alive inside a coffin with no idea who put him there or why. He has a cell phone and flashlight with him, but as his air supply runs out he has to find a way to escape before he suffocates.
3 – Phone Booth (2002) (IMDb Rating: 7.1)
Location: Phone Booth
The movie Phone Booth is a 2002 American thriller film, directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland and Forest Whitaker. The plot revolves around an unsuccessful publicist who takes a call from a sniper who has been ordered to kill him.
2 – Die Hard (1988) (IMDb Rating: 8.2)
Location: Nakatomi Tower
Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan. It is the first installment in the Die Hard series. The film stars Bruce Willis as John McClane, a New York City police officer who finds himself in Los Angeles, trying to stop terrorists led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) from robbing a Christmas Eve party and killing the guests inside the Nakatomi Plaza.
1 – The Shining (1980) (IMDb Rating: 8.4)
The Shining is based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel of the same name. The novel recounts the experiences of writer Jack Torrance in the months after he accepts a position as winter caretaker at an isolated hotel in Colorado, where he gradually succumbs to both cabin fever and alcoholism while his son, Danny (played by Danny Lloyd), develops psychic abilities which allow him to foresee that their stay will end in tragedy.