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20th Jul '17 1:10:06 PM xcountryguy
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* Inverted in 2007 horror film ''Film/{{Blackout}}'', [[spoiler:where all the danger of the elevator is caused by the characters, rather than the elevator just endangering them on a whim.]]



* In the film ''Film/{{They}}'', a victim of the boogeyman-like living night terrors tries to flee his infested apartment in an old-fashioned elevator, which proceeds to jerk up and down and rattle him half to death. [[spoiler: Double subverted in that he makes it out of the elevator alive, only to be dragged down the open shaft by the night terror.]]

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* In the film ''Film/{{They}}'', a victim of the boogeyman-like living night terrors tries to flee his infested apartment in an old-fashioned elevator, which proceeds to jerk up and down and rattle him half to death. [[spoiler: Double [[spoiler:Double subverted in that he makes it out of the elevator alive, only to be dragged down the open shaft by the night terror.]]



* In the TV movie ''Paper Man'' (1971) a number of college students are apparently being picked off by the college mainframe. One woman, played by Tina Chen, is first terrorised by a terminal printing "Death, Death, Death" and then chased down a hallway to the elevator by the lights going out behind her (creating a gaping maw). Once in the elevator she tries to leave but it stops between floors. When she tries to climb out the doors close and the elevator descends, killing her [[spoiler: In the end we learn it's not the computer, or even the elevator, but a person is behind it]]

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* In the TV movie ''Paper Man'' (1971) a number of college students are apparently being picked off by the college mainframe. One woman, played by Tina Chen, is first terrorised by a terminal printing "Death, Death, Death" and then chased down a hallway to the elevator by the lights going out behind her (creating a gaping maw). Once in the elevator she tries to leave but it stops between floors. When she tries to climb out the doors close and the elevator descends, killing her [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the end we learn it's not the computer, or even the elevator, but a person is behind it]]



* The pilot of ''Series/SixHundredSixtySixParkAvenue'' has a woman being nearly killed by the elevator she was about to step off of. And two episodes later, the [[VictimOfTheWeek Devil-Dealer Of The Week]] [[spoiler: is pushed down an empty elevator shaft by the show's BigBad, Gavin Doran.]]

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* The pilot of ''Series/SixHundredSixtySixParkAvenue'' has a woman being nearly killed by the elevator she was about to step off of. And two episodes later, the [[VictimOfTheWeek Devil-Dealer Of The Week]] [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is pushed down an empty elevator shaft by the show's BigBad, Gavin Doran.]]



* ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'' had a preoccupation with elevators that go about halfway and then stop, forcing you to crawl, bash, shoot and stumble your way through what should have been a 5-second elevator ride but instead takes at least an entire level. There's an evil version too: [[spoiler: The player is making his way through the maintenance areas, passing through an elevator shaft. Without warning, an elevator freefalls down the shaft a few feet in front of you.]] Oh, but there is one (count them, ''one goddamn time'') that you get where you need to go without getting shot at... the doors open just in time to see the person you were chasing driving away very quickly.

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* ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'' had a preoccupation with elevators that go about halfway and then stop, forcing you to crawl, bash, shoot and stumble your way through what should have been a 5-second elevator ride but instead takes at least an entire level. There's an evil version too: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The player is making his way through the maintenance areas, passing through an elevator shaft. Without warning, an elevator freefalls down the shaft a few feet in front of you.]] Oh, but there is one (count them, ''one goddamn time'') that you get where you need to go without getting shot at... the doors open just in time to see the person you were chasing driving away very quickly.



* Variation: In the classic arcade game ''Elevator Action'', the player can control his elevator to squash enemy agents passing underneath. (Unfortunately, they can do the same thing.)

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* Variation: In the classic arcade game ''Elevator Action'', the player can control his elevator to squash enemy agents passing underneath. (Unfortunately, they The player can do the same thing.)also fall victim to this.
1st Jul '17 1:05:58 PM Morgenthaler
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** This was spoofed in ''Film/UndercoverBrother'' when the hero screams hysterically as he thinks he's plunging down a similar endless elevator shaft... only to realize he's just dropped a single story.

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** * This was spoofed in ''Film/UndercoverBrother'' when the hero screams hysterically as he thinks he's plunging down a similar endless elevator shaft... only to realize he's just dropped a single story.
12th Feb '17 6:02:30 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Every elevator in ''WorldOfWarcraft'' that you can die from falling off has inevitably accumulated a kill count, but far and away the most notoriously evil are the Undercity elevators (coincidentally, the obvious way to enter the city), the Aldor Rise elevator in Shattrath City, and the ''real'' first boss of Serpentshrine Cavern.
** Those Undercity elevators really hate Tauren.

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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has a few dangerous elevators:
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Every elevator in ''WorldOfWarcraft'' that you can die from falling off has inevitably accumulated a kill count, but far and away the most notoriously evil are the Undercity elevators (coincidentally, the obvious way to enter the city), the Aldor Rise elevator in Shattrath City, and the ''real'' first boss of Serpentshrine Cavern.
Cavern. The game even keeps track of the number of times you've died as a result of this under "Death by elevator boss" on your achievements card.
** Those Undercity elevators really hate Tauren. Ironically, the Tauren city of Highmountain has its own dangerous elevator.
8th Feb '17 8:44:35 PM Vir
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostBusters'', a building becomes so saturated with ectoplasmic energy from the Netherworld that its elevators turn into monstrous faces with gnashing mouths and lolling tongues, and vomiting up a never ending stream of ghosts.

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostBusters'', ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', a building becomes so saturated with ectoplasmic energy from the Netherworld that its elevators turn into monstrous faces with gnashing mouths and lolling tongues, and vomiting up a never ending stream of ghosts.
5th Nov '16 12:49:47 PM Morgenthaler
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** There is a variant in ''SurvivorsQuest''. Survivors in the ruins of ''OutboundFlight'' rigged the turbolifts -- think elevators IN SPACE, with repulsor beams replacing cables -- to imprison the heroes and suspend them between two Dreadnaughts. If they tried to cut their way out, one repulsor beam would shut off and the other one would crush them against a Dreadnaught. The two action-oriented parties immediately block the cameras and gets to work getting out; the noncombatant party talks their way into getting released. The one including Mara Jade and Luke Skywalker gets out of this using BadassBack, a synchronized strike, and a WireDilemma. The one including [[BadassCrew Aurek Seven]] gets out by siphoning power from one cable and directing it to another.

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** There is a variant in ''SurvivorsQuest''. ''Literature/SurvivorsQuest''. Survivors in the ruins of ''OutboundFlight'' ''Literature/OutboundFlight'' rigged the turbolifts -- think elevators IN SPACE, with repulsor beams replacing cables -- to imprison the heroes and suspend them between two Dreadnaughts. If they tried to cut their way out, one repulsor beam would shut off and the other one would crush them against a Dreadnaught. The two action-oriented parties immediately block the cameras and gets to work getting out; the noncombatant party talks their way into getting released. The one including Mara Jade and Luke Skywalker gets out of this using BadassBack, a synchronized strike, and a WireDilemma. The one including [[BadassCrew Aurek Seven]] gets out by siphoning power from one cable and directing it to another.



* Philip Kerr's novel ''{{Gridiron}}'', in which a computer-controlled building is taken over by [[AIIsACrapshoot a homicidal AI]], has a variation. The evil computer kills a character by moving an express lift upwards at high speed, then stopping it suddenly. The victim is then described as "looking like FrankensteinsMonster".

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* Philip Kerr's novel ''{{Gridiron}}'', ''Literature/{{Gridiron}}'', in which a computer-controlled building is taken over by [[AIIsACrapshoot a homicidal AI]], has a variation. The evil computer kills a character by moving an express lift upwards at high speed, then stopping it suddenly. The victim is then described as "looking like FrankensteinsMonster".
2nd Oct '16 8:46:24 PM Materioptikon
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14th Aug '16 7:23:22 AM Mooncalf
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* The Mystic Elevator in ''BetrayalAtTheHouseOnTheHill'' moves around the house somewhat randomly (you roll to determine which floor it ends up on, but get to choose where), but on a roll of 0 will crash into the basement (which is dangerous in its own way) and harm all occupants in the process. Also, when the Haunting begins, the Traitor has complete control of the elevator and can make it go where they want, because they are "on the same side". Since the Traitor is unquestionably evil...



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* Unintentional example in ''VideoGame/{{Starbound}}'': The elevator in The Grand Pagoda, due to its construction (rather than going up and down, it goes on a loop; a short bit to the right, down a long distance, then a bit to the left, then up again) is prone to whisking the platform away from under the player's feet, dropping them all the way down the (very long) shaft to an inevitable demise. As the whole place is severely broken, it kind of makes sense.
17th Jul '16 5:27:55 AM eroock
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* Somewhat inverted with the dangerous but somehow nonfatal paternoster, or "cyclic elevator", an elevator invented in the late 1800s in England. The paternoster is named after the first two words of the Lord's Prayer in Latin (Our Father) in reference to rosary beads, which the paternoster's string of cars resembles. The paternoster consists of a string of cars that are attached to a chain that circulates around two elevator shafts, [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/85/Paternoster_animated.gif one going up and the other going down]]The elevator cars do not flip over at the top or bottom - they instead stay upright and cycle over to the shaft going the other direction. The paternoster's main claims to infamy are its lack of doors and the fact that it ''never stops''. Yet despite its frightening setup, the paternoster elevator has killed just five people from 1970 to the present day. However, frightened governments have banned the construction of new paternosters and many building managers have phased out existing ones. Today only around 40 paternosters are left, with none in the US.
17th Jul '16 5:24:55 AM eroock
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* In 2003, a man named Hitoshi Nikaidoh was decapitated this way by an elevator with malfunctioning door sensors. He walked inside the elevator and had his shoulders pinned by the elevator doors due to faulty wiring. Despite struggling to pull himself inside, the elevator kept ascending until the ceiling sliced off most of his head. His left ear, lower lip, teeth and jaw were still attached to his body, which fell to the bottom of the elevator shaft, as the elevator continued moving upward. A surgery resident, who was in the elevator at the time, witnessed the gruesome spectacle and [[NightmareFuel spent more than an hour trapped in the elevator with Hitoshi's head]].
17th Jul '16 5:20:27 AM eroock
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* In 2003, a man named Hitoshi Nikaidoh was decapitated this way by an elevator with malfunctioning door sensors. He walked inside the elevator and had his shoulders pinned by the elevator doors due to faulty wiring. Despite struggling to pull himself inside, the elevator kept ascending until the ceiling sliced off most of his head. His left ear, lower lip, teeth and jaw were still attached to his body, which fell to the bottom of the elevator shaft, as the elevator continued moving upward. A surgery resident, who was in the elevator at the time, witnessed the gruesome spectacle and [[NightmareFuel spent more than an hour trapped in the elevator with Hitoshi's head]].
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