It may sound boring to have a film take place within one location, but history proves that there are many gripping, enthralling and highly entertaining films with just one set. Not only must the writing be of the highest standard, but there must also be a fantastic director who knows how to hold the audience’s attention. Additionally, actors of the highest caliber are required as otherwise, interest in the story will wane. Here are the best one location films ever created (a few have a scene or two in a different location, but are largely contained to just one place).
Based on the Hasbro board game, the 1985 mystery comedy film by Jonathan Lynn remains one of the most fun and entertaining whodunit films created. Set in a Gothic Revival mansion, Clue sees seven strangers invited to a party at a New England mansion, where they are given pseudonyms (the same as the game) and the butler reveals that they are all being blackmailed. Predictably, the lights go out and a murder takes place. Soon, the body count rises as they attempt to figure out whodunit. Wildly over the top, it also has many nods to the popular board game, including the fact that it has three different endings. Not to be taken too seriously, Clue also pays homage to the “old dark house” whodunit genre, in particular, films such as The Cat and the Canary, And Then There Were None and Murder By Death.