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High-Rise: 10 Towering Tower Block Movies

19 March 2016 2:16 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of J G Ballard’s High-Rise takes the lift to cinemaland this week, hoping to challenge and freak out audiences with its mix of social satire and outrageous content. Tom Hiddleston stars in the avant garde director’s most star-studded and high profile release to date.

The tale is well-known in literary circles, but its setting is one the big screen has utilized to great effect many times. A tower block is always going to be good fodder for human stories, being a cross section of personalities piled on top of each other, producing frequently frightening results.

Comedy, drama, action and all-out catastrophe – vertical slabs of concrete have played host to all manner of scenarios over the years. Whether lined with gleaming chrome or covered in graffiti, upper class to lower class, there’s a range of accommodation to suit all tastes here.


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