Other "Slide" and descent into the underworld references?
I remember seeing "Journey to the Center of the Earth" back when I was a kid, and later on "Tron" and "Fight Club." I recently read "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and saw it has a direct reference to "slide", as does the ice cave scene in "Fight Club." In the both books there're also references to pools of water at the bottom: In "Journey" its at the center of the Earth, In "Fight Club" its inside intestines, and in the movie "Tron" its in the power cave scene. Does anyone else think there was an intentional link between these books and movies, or was it just a similar reference because of common influences?
From the introduction to "Journey to the Center of the Earth":
"Some of the most influential texts of the Western cultural tradition, from Homer's "Odyssey" and Virgil's "Aeneid" to Dante's "Divine Comedy", prominently feature the protagonist's descent into the underworld, the realm of the dead, as an important part of his social and spiritual development." To me, this also really seems fitting for Fight Club.
Referencing "Tron" may seem a bit of a stretch, but it does have a power cave instead of power animal. The characters also slide before they meet Dumont with his chilling quote, one character passes, and then meets his maker. (Matrix "Waiting for your next life, who knows?") Could Dumont be mistaken for a power animal penguin when he's first introduced with only half of him showing, wearing a strange hat, and rotating around?
My real question is, does anyone know of any other books or movies that reference "slide," slippery slope, or anything else similar that leads to the underworld? Movies and books with this theme really interest me right now.