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21st Jul '17 6:24:30 AM JackG
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* ''The Stone Killer'' (1973). The mercenaries sent to kill several mobsters are hanging beneath the elevator using abseiling gear. Once the mobsters have reached their floor and the doors close, they climb in through the service hatch, enter the room and kill everyone.

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* ''The Stone Killer'' (1973). The mercenaries sent to kill several mobsters are hanging beneath the elevator using abseiling gear. Once the mobsters have reached their floor and the doors close, they climb in through the service hatch, enter the room and kill everyone. The mercenaries are shown [[{{Foreshadowing}} rehearsing for the attack using a dummy elevator]] in their training camp in the desert.
21st Jul '17 6:21:41 AM JackG
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* ''The Stone Killer'' (1973). The mercenaries sent to kill several mobsters are hanging beneath the elevator using abseiling gear. Once the mobsters have reached their floor and the doors close, they climb in through the service hatch, enter the room and kill everyone.
16th Jul '17 5:19:16 AM aaribaud
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* In ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', [[spoiler:The Auditors]] are waiting for their adversaries to come to them in an elevator. [[DeliciousDistraction They don't]].
16th Jul '17 5:08:00 AM LentilSandEater
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* Very much averted in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' - they're ''in'' the elevator, right in the firing line of two dozen mooks with automatic weapons. So they send in the Merc with the Mouth to "clean up" first.

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* Very much averted Averted in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' - they're ''in'' the elevator, right in the firing line of two dozen mooks with automatic weapons. So they send in the Merc with the Mouth to "clean up" first.
13th Jul '17 5:32:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/DeepRising'', the mercenaries are searching through the abandoned cruise ship looking for any passengers or crew members, but none can be found. Then the elevator activates, and they can see it moving to their floor. They keep their weapons aimed at the door, but it's empty. Except for the blood-covered walls inside the elevator, that is.

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* In ''Film/DeepRising'', the mercenaries are searching through the [[GhostShip abandoned cruise ship ship]] looking for any passengers or crew members, but none can be found. Then the elevator activates, and they can see it moving to their floor. They keep their weapons aimed at the door, but it's empty. Except for the blood-covered walls inside the elevator, that is.
21st May '17 11:54:42 AM HighCrate
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** This ''might'' be a MythologyGag to when Batman pulled off essentially the same stunt in ''Film/BatmanForever'' (see above).
** Batman also attempted this trick [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins earlier in his career]]; unfortunately, Bane was GenreSavvy enough to reach up through the ceiling and grab him.
18th May '17 5:45:57 PM eroock
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* ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', when Scotty beams the elevator's occupants out while the doors are closed.

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* ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', when ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'': In 20th Century San Francisco, Kirk et al are being chased through a hospital by cops. Our heroes beat the cops to the elevator. In an attempt to head them off, the cops rush down the stairs and wait for the elevator to arrive on a lower floor. As the elevator doors open, the cops draw their guns and yell "freeze!" But the elevator is empty; Kirk and co have been beamed away by Scotty beams in the elevator's occupants out while the doors are closed.nick of time.
9th Feb '17 4:28:09 AM JackG
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* ''Literature/TheExecutioner''. In "Tiger War", some drug soldiers are on the top floor of a warehouse, and the only way up is a slow service elevator. Mack Bolan sends up a wheelbarrow packed with explosives, with a large sign saying ULTIMATUM attached to it. When Bolan hears the elevator reach the top floor, he activates the detonator.
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22nd Jan '17 11:35:27 AM JackG
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** In "Last Call", a gang of kidnappers start shooting the moment the lift doors open to reveal a suit...on a coat hanger. Cue {{kneecapping}} by the [[PersonWithTheClothing Man in the Suit]], who apparently came up the stairs.

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** In "Last Call", a gang of kidnappers start shooting the moment the lift doors open to reveal a suit...on a coat hanger. Cue {{kneecapping}} by the [[PersonWithTheClothing Man in the Suit]], who apparently came up the stairs.
22nd Nov '16 3:40:52 AM JackG
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* ''Film/JasonBourne''. A hit team is climbing a stairwell around a cage elevator. They peer closely at the elevator as it passes and see Bourne isn't there, not realising that Bourne is actually riding the elevator counterweight.
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