Phone boxes (or phone booths, to you Americans) make quite a rich seam for short stories, usually focusing on a combination of claustrophobia and random, sudden communication (protagonist hears a public phone ringing, answers it, and…) thus feeding a prime motivator of terror: it could happen to anyone – including YOU!
A few other examples:
- The most recent and obvious (it’s not a bad little movie, and it makes a nice change when one can refer to a Joel Schumacher production as “little”, though those suffering from Colin Farrell overload may wish to avoid)
- Stranger, a cute (if predictable) amateur short
- Bizarre Japanese randomness involving baseball bats
- The grandaddy of phone box shorts: La Cabina, which everyone seems to have seen yet no one can remember its title (including Sean, who keeps banging on about it)
- And though this is neither fictional nor a film, let’s not ignore the incredible phone box cam.
- Update: Tom Armitage referred me to The President’s Analyst, which has a phone box scene that’s very similar to the one in La Cabina, predating it by five years. Apparently it’s a wonderfully surreal and funny film.