3x3: favorite dungeons in movies

We discuss our favorite dungeons in movies at the 1:23 mark of the Qt3 Movie Podcast of John Wick: Chapter 2.

3. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
2. Thor: The Dark World

  1. Martyrs

Tom Chick
3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
2. The Fountain

  1. The Woman

Kelly Wand
3. Life of Brian
2. The Prisoner of Zenda

  1. The Cabin in the Woods

What are your favorite dungeons in movies, and do you agree with our definition of a dungeon as distinct from a basement or a cellar? Listen to the show to hear us talk about our picks, and to hear Kelly Wand read some listener picks.

Send in your choices for the next topic to [email protected].

One dungeon that made a deep impression on me (probably because i saw the movie when i was far too young) is the one Kaspar Hauser is incarcerated in in Werner Herzog’s eponymous film. I will admit that it’s not necessarily the specific design of this dungeon but the disturbing idea that a person could be locked away and completely isolated for the majority of his life that stuck with me.

  1. I’m not sure I’d call the Cabin in the Woods one a dungeon, but if it is, then absolutely, because it’s great.

  2. Donnie Darko. Rose’s commitment to Sparkle Horse is threatened by “something about a kiddie porn dungeon”.

  3. Cube. Or, if I get pulled over, the torture dungeon in Princess Bride.

I’ve never seen any adaptations of the Count of Monte Cristo, but I imagine that would be in the list if I had.


The Silence of the Lambs. (Dunno if it qualifies by the gang’s rules, but it sure feels like a dungeon to me.)

The Poseidon Adventure.

The best dungeon in a movie:

And a shot I love from final scene, which is arguably a spoiler, but I doubt any of you jokers is gonna see it anyway:

I do wish that stupid SUV wasn’t in the frame.


I’ve never read The Woman, but I somehow thought it was waiting to be turned into a movie still. Whoops (always nice to see Bettis get work though).