This freaky sci-fi film will haunt your nightmares for years to come. Directed by Canadian Vincenzo Natali, it begins as a character awakens in a small room, a cube. It has doors, but they only lead to other, equal-sized cubes. The man meets other victims, and no one knows how they got there, or what’s going on. They try to make a plan, to travel in a specific direction, but it’s easy to get lost. People get thirsty, and hungry, and tempers flare. And eventually, the scope of what’s happening to them becomes a little clearer.
Cube (1997) is sometimes not easy to watch; it has an astringent quality, but this is partly due to the sickening tension that the film builds up as it goes. Critics at the time were split, with a few good reviews, and some bad ones (including mine), but fans knew what they had here and they turned it into a cult classic. Two sequels were made, and a remake is apparently in the works. Some of the actors (Nicole de Boer, David Hewlett, etc.) continued in sci-fi, and Natali went on to direct the intriguing Splice (2009). Truth be told, though I only saw it once, I have never forgotten Cube and I still think about it today, nearly 20 years later.