Today I am back with another horror movie franchise ranking! In this post, we are tackling the iconic Cube series. I wish more people knew about these films. They are so much fun and very reminiscent of Saw, Escape Room, Circle and more. If you didn’t know, this Canadian horror/science-fiction saga, follows a bunch of strangers that awaken in a prison of cubic cells. As they try to make sense of their surroundings, they soon realise that some of the rooms are wired with deadly booby traps. Only the most intelligent and strategic can survive. The acting is terrible but that’s what makes it so charming. In 2021, the first film was remade in Japanese but unfortunately I cannot find it anywhere, so I’m not including it on this list. Without further ado, let’s get into it!
As seems to be the case with my rankings, the first movie is the best…in my opinion. Without remembering how they got there, several strangers find themselves trapped in a giant cube. There is one-time cop, Quentin, a scientist, Holloway, young math genius, Leaven, the master of escapes, Rennes, autistic savant, Kazan and architect, Worth, who might have more information on the maze than he lets on. The prisoners combine their skills in order to escape but one by one, the rooms claim them. I am a big fan of films where different personalities come together. These types of high-stakes settings tend to stir up a lot of drama and tension. The traps were really fun and quite bloody at times. There was an area that required the utmost silence or the inhabitant would be instantly killed. I found myself holding my breath during that scene. Watching them work out the puzzles and solving the cube was fascinating. It had such an interesting ending too. I highly recommend checking it out.
2.) Cube 2: Hypercube
In second place, we have the sequel…naturally! A group of strangers wake up in a sealed room with no means of escape. The eight people – Kate, Simon, Sasha, Max, Jerry, Julia, Mrs. Paley and Col. Maguire – must find their way out of the cube. However, more areas await them, and each one is increasingly dangerous. In this installment, the laws of physics do not apply to the strange and deadly environment our prisoners find themselves in. Instead of your classic booby traps, there are traps that age its victims, reverse time and even duplicate bodies. I liked that aspect but it took a really long time for things to happen. The first proper death didn’t occur until the middle of the movie, the pacing was much slower and the characters were quite irritating. Having said that, there was a reveal I didn’t see coming but the ending left me so unsatisfied. I wanted more.
3.) Cube Zero
In last place we have Cube Zero, which is a prequel to the first film. This movie follows two different perspectives: the prisoners trying to escape and the monitors, observing their progress on camera. One of the monitors develops a fondness for a captive named Cassandra Rains and abandons his post (against all orders not to) to help her out in the maze. There are things I loved about this installment and things I downright hated. The opening scene was epic. It was so gory and disgusting, I felt a bit sick. Within the entire franchise, Cube Zero reminded me the most of Saw and had some great and memorable deaths. However, the villain/head of operations was so incredibly cheesy, it bordered on ridiculous. I was cringing hard! I don’t know if they meant to make him so lame but he was unbearable to watch. In my opinion, he was the worst part. The ending gave a nod to the first movie, which was a nice touch but it was a bit too all over the place for me. I prefer the structure of the other two in the series.
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed. How would you rank this franchise? Do you love it?
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The first Cube is always one of my favourite SF classics. I’d like to see the Japanese remake if I can find it. Thank you for your reviews.
Yes I want to see the Japanese remake too! Thank you for your interest 😊