Praise the sun!
National Daylight Appreciation Day is here, inspiring this week’s gallery of 24 movies set under the blanket of night (or at least in rooms that could use a few windows) that will want you want to get grossly incandescent with some hot vitamin D.
(2006, 85%) The Descent
Spelunking sisters get more than a caving adventure when they’re trapped and preyed upon by monsters.
(2013, 75%) You’re Next
Blood and guts are on the menu as feuding family members unite for a family dinner in this darkly comic splatterfest.
(2016, 87%) Don’t Breathe
Young crooks get more than they bargain for when they break into a house and get terrorized by the guy who lives there.
(1996, 26%) Daylight
Sylvester Stallone is stuck underground with Viggo Mortensen when some New York tunnels collapse.
(2000, 57%) Pitch Black
The first in Vin Diesel’s Riddick-ulous sci-fi series takes place on a distant planet during a very long solar eclipse.
(1979, 89%) The Warriors
After a bounty is put on their heads, street gang Warriors must travel by night to safety. No sleep till Brooklyn Coney Island!
(2010, 87%) Buried
Ryan Reynolds is taken hostage in Iraq and buried alive in a coffin as government forces rush to pinpoint his location.
(2008, 77%) Cloverfield
A hysteric found footage jaunt into the night as a giant monster decimates New York.
(1992, 50%) Shadows and Fog
Meekful Woody Allen steps softly into the night in this comic thriller that’s half-Fellini, half-Kafka.
(2007, 51%) 30 Days of Night
Bloody vampire flick set during polar night in Alaska.
(2004, 86%) Collateral
Cab driver Jamie Foxx has the worst night and Tom Cruise gets one of his most memorable roles in Michael Mann’s taxi to the dark side of L.A.
(2012, 78%) Dredd
The sun shines on Mega Cities and Cursed Earth alike, though this Judge Dredd adaptation largely takes place in a highly vertical block.
(1971, 88%) THX 1138
George Lucas’ pre-Star Wars sci-fi film takes place in a fascist subterrenea where emotion, sex, and identity are squanched.
(2008, 45%) The Strangers
Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman only think the argument they had earlier will be the worst thing that happens tonight…
(2014, 91%) Locke
Tom Hardy unravels in real time on the motorway as a past transgression comes back to haunt him.
(2014, 83%) In Fear
Seriously, stay off the road in the UK at night: two teenage lovebirds are trapped in their car in a sadistic cat-and-mouse in the countryside.
(2002, 57%) Irreversible
Violent and literally nauseating, set in clubs, subways, and one very infamous scene in a dark tunnel.
(2007, 90%) [REC]
More found footage, this time from a local newscast following a reporter as she reports on an apartment complex soon to be overrun by zombies.
(1985, 90%) After Hours
Martin Scorsese’s peculiar decade produced this acerbic comedy about one man’s date-turned-nightmarish odyssey.
(1998, 74%) Dark City
A big sci-fi spin on noir tropes, featuring wrongly accused men, femme fatales, and drenched cities shot in perpetual night.
(2008, 53%) City of Ember
Bill Murray plays a feckless mayor of an underground city built hundreds of years ago after a disaster on the surface.
(1974, 71%) The Towering Inferno
It may be dark out, but there’s lighting aplenty in this Paul Newman/Steve McQueen disaster picture.
(1968, 96%) Night of the Living Dead
Disparate survivors hole up in a house for the night in this legendary start to the modern zombie genre.
(1996, 64%) From Dusk Till Dawn
Vampires get some fresh blood and Quentin Tarantino has Salma Hayek’s foot shoved in his mouth — everyone’s happy.