The Hero Trap: 14 Movies About People in an Elevator

Who among us, being in the same cabin with a stranger, did not sometimes feel discomfort? After all, we do not know the people with whom we ended up in a closed box for a few minutes. And in the cinema, a cramped cabin can play the role of a trap or a confessional, and become a space where the characters are forced to tell the truth, because there is nowhere to run. We have compiled a list of elevator movies worth your attention that have become a trap for a variety of characters.

Elevator (2018)

Kazakh acute social film covering the topic of domestic violence and inequality. The two men are locked in an elevator. One is a simple citizen, an elderly man who grew up in a dysfunctional family, where his father constantly drank and beat his mother. The second is a young successful entrepreneur who left his pregnant girlfriend and has drug problems . What will people from different social strata do in a confined space? Of course, argue, make claims and study each other.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Lift

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Isbek Abilmazhinov, Zhandos Aibasov, Aldabek Shalbaev, Gulnaz Zholanova …

Country:
Kazakhstan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Elevator: Lost (2015)

The hero of this foreign film about people stuck in an elevator is a popular host of a show where, by answering questions, the participant can win a large sum. He finds himself alone with an unfamiliar woman in an elevator. Electricity failure, lights out, and now the man is bound and defenseless against the madwoman. The unfortunate woman is sure that his program leads people to death, as happened to her son. And now the hero himself will have to answer questions, and the price of a wrong answer can be life.

Original title:
The Elevator: Three Minutes Can Change Your Life

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Caroline Goodall, Burt Young, James Parks…

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.1, IMDb – 4.7

Age restrictions:
16+


weekend (2013)

A free interpretation of the 1957 French film noir from Russian director Stanislav Govorukhin. To hide accounting fraud, the financial director of a large company, Igor Lebedev, decides to kill the only witness. However, as he leaves the crime scene, he finds himself locked in an elevator and it looks like the man will have to spend the entire weekend there. Meanwhile, the unknown – impudent and roguish Max – has already taken possession of the documents and the car of our hero, where there is a gun in the glove compartment.

Genre:
Drama, detective, crime

Actors:
Maxim Matveev, Ekaterina Guseva, Alexander Domogarov, Viktor Sukhorukov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Elevator (2011)

According to the plot of the film, a group of strangers crammed into the cockpit. One mischievous girl presses the emergency stop button, and a large iron box hangs between floors. Completely different characters remain locked on several square meters – the boss of a large company with his granddaughter, a Jew, a Muslim, a girl in an interesting position, an old woman, a couple of lovers and former lovers. It would seem that the conflict cannot be avoided, but then it turns out that there is also a bomb in the elevator, and the timer has already started counting down.

Original title:
Elevator

Genre:
Horror, thriller

Actors:
Christopher Backus, Anita Briem, John Getz …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Devil (2010)

Chamber American cinema about the elevator is an intriguing horror with mysticism and deep philosophical meaning. Five strangers get stuck in the lift between the floors of a skyscraper. Fear binds those who are trapped, but people still hope that they will be rescued soon. Locked in the cockpit are a convicted security guard, an elderly kleptomaniac, a salesman, a former military man, and a greedy heiress. Suddenly, strange things begin to happen, and comrades in misfortune understand that the devil himself is among them . But where is he hiding?

Original title:
Devil

Genre:
Horror, thriller, detective

Actors:
Chris Messina, Logan Marshall-Green, Jenny O’Hara…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Elevator to the scaffold (2010)

The Asian remake of the French film introduces the viewer to a desperate woman who, together with her lover, decided to get rid of her influential husband. Her new chosen one must climb into the office with a rope to an unsuspecting victim. The murder goes smoothly, but the main piece of evidence – the same rope remains in the office. On the way behind her, a man gets stuck in an elevator. Meanwhile, the attackers steal his car.

Original title:
Shikeidai no erebêtâ

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Michiko Kitise, Hiroshi Abe, Keiko Kitagawa…

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 5.1

Age limit:
16+


Elevator (2010)

During the annual carnival in Bolivia, a rich man is kidnapped by two criminals. The bandits hold the prisoner at gunpoint and demand that he take them to his apartment, where they can profit. Once in the right house, the whole company gets stuck in the elevator. And now they will have to spend three days in a closed room. Who will be stronger – the kidnappers or the victim? You will find out the answer by watching this thriller from our list of the best films about the elevator.

Original title:
El Ascensor

Genre:
Thriller

Actors:
Pablo Fernandez, Jorge Arturo Laura, Alejandro Molina…

Country:
Bolivia

Rating:
IMDb – 6.4

Age limit:
16+


Fatal Choice (2007)

A slasher about three neighbors living in an almost deserted house. The heroes of an American horror movie get stuck in one cabin. All three urgently need to go on business – someone is in a hurry to the hospital to see a dying relative, the other wants to help his girlfriend escape from her tyrant father, and the third needs to clean up the house before the arrival of her friend and daughter. But first you need to get out of the damned elevator alive, because one of them is a psychopath killer.

Original title:
Blackout

Genre:
Horror, thriller, detective

Actors:
Amber Tamblyn, Aidan Gillen, Armie Hammer…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Elevator (2006)

This Russian film, where people get stuck in an elevator, received mixed, mostly negative reviews from the audience, but attracted attention with an original idea. The cabin with several strangers inside moves off, but five, ten minutes pass, and the movement does not stop. The heroes are trying to understand what is happening and where they are being taken? Various versions are being put forward. Perhaps they died and went to hell? Or are they being experimented on? Or maybe it’s a reality show? The five characters get really scared because they don’t know what or who to be afraid of.

Genre:
Thriller, detective

Actors:
Igor Vernik, Olga Rodionova, Daniil Spivakovsky …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 3.5, IMDb – 3.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Hell Elevator (2004)

Chaos and a sea of ​​blood awaits the viewer when watching this Japanese horror movie . The action takes place in the world of the future , where an ordinary elevator has become a means of communication between cities, as a form of public transport. A young girl jumps into such a vehicle and finds herself in the company of two murderous rapists, their escorts and several other citizens. As a result of a failure, the elevator is cut off from the overall system and freezes. And as it turns out, the danger here is not only criminals.

Original title:
Gusha no bindume

Genre:
Horror, fantasy

Actors:
Luchino Fujisaki, Yashichi Kawada, Ryosuke Koshiba…

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Elevator (2001)

The famous New York skyscraper Millennium Building attracts thousands of tourists every day who want to enjoy the views of the city from above. However, this is not the first time that the skyscraper has had problems with the lift and people have died in it – a real disaster for the owners of the building. To understand the problem, a journalist gets there and gets acquainted with a local mechanic. During the investigation, it becomes clear that the cause of deaths is not terrorists , but the elevators themselves, which are conscious and deliberately kill people.

Original title:
Down

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, detective

Actors:
James Marshall, Naomi Watts, Eric Tal…

Country:
USA, Netherlands

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 4.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Elevator (1996)

The comedy film introduces the viewer to a famous producer who gets stuck in an elevator with an aspiring screenwriter. Now, instead of a banquet on the occasion of the honorary award, the venerable filmmaker will have to listen to the scripts of short films invented by the newcomer. Funny, sad, instructive and philosophical – they are all connected by one unpredictable ending.

Original title:
The Elevator

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Martin Landau, Gabriel Bologna, Gretchen Becker …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 4.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Elevator (1983)

The elevator in this film is not a soulless machine, but a wayward independent creature with a reasonable consciousness. Such conclusions were made by the master of technical equipment after several fatal cases in the high-rise cabin. Together with a journalist looking for a sensation, the man will have to somehow deal with the brutal device, having gone through a considerable number of deadly trials.

Original title:
De lift

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller

Actors:
Hub Stapel, Willeke van Ammelrooy, Josina van Dalsum …

Country:
Netherlands

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Elevator to the scaffold (1957)

According to the plot of the film, the wife of an influential businessman, Florence, together with her lover Julien, plans the murder of her missus. However, things don’t go as planned. The evidence that can lead to criminals remains in the office of the victim and will have to return for it. Julien goes back to the crime scene, but gets stuck in the elevator. The security guard, confident that no one is in the building, cuts off the power, leaving the man trapped. At this time, car thief Louis, together with his beloved, steals the car of our hero and finds a gun in the glove compartment.

Original title:
Ascenseur pour l’échafaud

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Pouguli …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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