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5 Movies About Being Trapped Underground That Will Make Men Cry

Firefilm | 3 Dec 2015 12:00
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DISCLAIMER: This is not a series dedicated to proving men shouldn't cry, or to suggest ONLY women cry and are therefore inferior. The goal of this series is to dispel the pre-established (yet flawed) notion that being "manly" and being disconnected from your emotions go hand-in-hand. Even the most macho of men enjoy and even shed a tear at films, and the sooner we can admit that the sooner the concept that one sex is better than the other can go away. While the approach to these articles is one of light-hearted comedy, the emotional core is valid. While men might be more hesitant to admit it, movies often times have the potential to make us cry, for example:

"Subterranean Horror Movies"

As the nights get longer, encroaching on the light and snuffing it out, my mind wanders to movies about the darkness. Specifically about underground darkness, and honestly I'm surprised how many of these movies there actually are. There's something about dark, enclosed places that just breeds cinematic tension. Even the least mental health educated layman knows the proper term for fear of small spaces - claustrophobia. It's one of the more name-brand flashy phobias one can have, along with arachnophobia and Carrottophobia (the fear of Carrot Top). As for movies that exploit the unknowing, secretive horror that lurks underground, here's a list of such films that scare us as well as make us feel things. Sad things. Scary things.

1. The Descent
I love this movie. There, I said it. An all female cast that passes the bechdel test with flying colors, this movie will scare the crap out of you whether or not you came in with claustrophobia. There are scenes in this film that are so cramp and disorienting, even a GPS would throw up its hands and fall into the fetal position. Then you throw in an evolutionary offshoot humanoid cave creature species, and you've got movie magic. The character arcs all feel earned, the plot is brisk yet suspenseful, and the ending... well the ending... the ending proves it's a weeper - for some guys, at least.

Depending on what country you live in, the sole survivor either escapes or just imagined that she escaped. The latter ending wasn't used in American theaters because it was deemed too depressing. That's right, "America, F-yeah!" couldn't handle the idea that the hero loses. Step one is admitting it, guys.

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