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Horror - Slasher

Elevator (2012)

Duration1h 24m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: Not rated, Germany: 16 
Source of storyAn original screenplay
DirectorStig Svendsen
Writers/ScriptMarc Rosenberg
StarringChristopher Backus, Anita Briem, John Getz, Shirley Knight, Joey Slotnick, Devin Ratray, Tehmina Sunny
RatingsIMDb: 5.3/10 by 6215 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 50% by 4 reviewers. Review2view: 7/10 .

Elevator Pitch: (Joke?) A bunch of people get into an elevator to go to a party on the executive floor of an investment company building. They include The owner of the company and his 10 year old niece, a couple of sales executives one with his girlfriend, a pregnant woman, a security man, the comedian hired for the event and a middle aged woman. The comedian suffers from claustrophobia so as a joke the niece presses the button to stop the elevator. Worse, they are unable to get it started again. It turns out that the middle-aged lady’s husband lost his money due to poor investments in the company and committed suicide, and she is out for revenge, but has a heart attack and dies after first revealing that she has a bomb strapped to her. She has! What to do?

Content: No sex or nudity, but the bomb lady has a hip flask from which she and the comedian drink. The comedian and the Arab looking security man come to blows. The salesman with the girlfriend admits to being the reason for the pregnant woman’s state. The girlfriend is a reporter so what is happening in the elevator is broadcast to the news media. Later there is bloodshed. One man has his arm cut off as the elevator unexpectedly descends. After the bomb lady dies they decide they have to cut her in half to remove the bomb.

A View:  I have seen a film where a man is cut in half when the elevator suddenly descends so I knew what to expect, but we are kept waiting for the inevitable. One of the four Rotten Tomatoes critics felt it was a by the numbers thriller, but whatever, it rolled along and kept me on the edge of my seat, even though I was wafting for the inevitable. My scoring system indicates that a seven suggests it’s worth your time, although probably a bit to short to be worth spending money on.

If you enjoy low budget slasher films here are three others which you might or might not enjoy: Aftershock, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, Venom (2005) .

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