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12th Feb '18 8:57:20 PM Angeldeb82
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[[IncrediblyLamePun ...Sorry.]]

Unlike the ElevatorActionSequence trope, where it's a fight scene in and around an Elevator, this is just an Elevator, that seems to be out to get you and anyone else that dares to go near it. This trope deals with elevators that apparently have a mind of their own. However, if the elevator fails due to explainable causes (bad maintenance, fire, earthquake), or because someone else damaged it, that's ''not'' an EvilElevator, that's ElevatorFailure.

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[[IncrediblyLamePun ...[[LamePunReaction ...Sorry.]]

Unlike the ElevatorActionSequence trope, where it's a fight scene in and around an Elevator, this is just an Elevator, that seems to be out to get you and anyone else that dares to go near it. This trope deals with elevators that apparently have a mind of their own. However, if the elevator fails due to explainable causes (bad maintenance, fire, earthquake), or because someone else damaged it, that's ''not'' an EvilElevator, Evil Elevator, that's ElevatorFailure.



The Scary, or 'Evil' version is where the elevator cable suddenly snaps without warning - plunging the riders down, either a few feet to terrify, or to their deaths. Sometimes the cable breaks while someone is inside the shaft, squishing the poor schmuck. Or if it doesn't fall, it makes ominous, creaking noises, or has a tendency to get stuck between floors - the odds of the last increases during an emergency situation.

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The Scary, or 'Evil' 'Evil', version is where the elevator cable suddenly snaps without warning - plunging the riders down, either a few feet to terrify, or to their deaths. Sometimes the cable breaks while someone is inside the shaft, squishing the poor schmuck. Or if it doesn't fall, it makes ominous, creaking noises, or has a tendency to get stuck between floors - the odds of the last increases during an emergency situation.



* ''Film/SpiesLikeUs''. The two [[FrontOrganisation Ace Tomato Company]] (eg. CIA) bigshots enter a drive-in theatre and activate the Pepsi machine. Next thing they know, they're screaming as they plunge down a BottomlessPit to the ElaborateUndergroundBase.

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* ''Film/SpiesLikeUs''. The two [[FrontOrganisation Ace Tomato Company]] (eg. CIA) bigshots enter a drive-in theatre and activate the Pepsi machine. Next thing they know, they're screaming as they plunge down a BottomlessPit {{Bottomless Pit|s}} to the ElaborateUndergroundBase.



* 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 the end we learn it's not the computer, or even the elevator, but a person is behind it]] 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 of the Week]] [[spoiler:is pushed down an empty elevator shaft by the show's BigBad, Gavin Doran.]]Doran]].



** Subverted in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia'', where the elevator has SpikesOfDoom on the bottom... but it's on ''your'' side, because you drop the thing onto Brachyura. Shanoa even gets off a PreAssKickingOneLiner (''"Go to Hell."'') in the process. (In [[spoiler:Albus]] mode, it's "Showtime!" instead.)

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** Subverted in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia'', where the elevator has SpikesOfDoom on the bottom... but it's on ''your'' side, because you drop the thing onto Brachyura. Shanoa even gets off a PreAssKickingOneLiner PreAsskickingOneLiner (''"Go to Hell."'') in the process. (In [[spoiler:Albus]] mode, it's "Showtime!" instead.)
4th Feb '18 7:38:21 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Parodied and subverted in ''PerfectStrangers'' where Balki and Larry ride an elevator without knowing that it is being tested for maintenance. The technician tests the elevator's capabilities making it rapidly go up and down, scaring the heck out of the two. Balki, believing it to be haunted, tries to appease it.

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* Parodied and subverted in ''PerfectStrangers'' ''Series/PerfectStrangers'' where Balki and Larry ride an elevator without knowing that it is being tested for maintenance. The technician tests the elevator's capabilities making it rapidly go up and down, scaring the heck out of the two. Balki, believing it to be haunted, tries to appease it.
27th Dec '17 3:13:51 PM Willbyr
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27th Dec '17 3:13:30 PM Willbyr
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11th Nov '17 5:09:51 AM jormis29
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* The card game ''Hecatomb'' had a creature type that was all evil animated objects, one of which was an evil elevator.
* 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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* The card game ''Hecatomb'' ''TabletopGame/{{Hecatomb}}'' had a creature type that was all evil animated objects, one of which was an evil elevator.
* The Mystic Elevator in ''BetrayalAtTheHouseOnTheHill'' ''TabletopGame/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...
17th Oct '17 6:03:16 PM foxley
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* ''Series/{{Freaky}}'' has a variation of this, where the elevator is bedecked with a host of traps to obliterate anyone unfortunate to tick off its operator. This manifests in a series of levels that are all potentially fatal, and may as a whole be never-ending.
29th Sep '17 11:27:48 PM Scifimaster92
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* The title "star" of the Dutch-made horror film ''The Lift'' is a murderous elevator. Dick Maas, writer/director of ''The Lift'', later remade the movie as ''Down'' (a.k.a., in its American DVD release, ''The Shaft'').

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* The title "star" of the Dutch-made horror film ''The Lift'' ''Film/DeLift'' is a murderous elevator. Dick Maas, writer/director of ''The ''De Lift'', later remade the movie as ''Down'' (a.k.a., in its American DVD release, ''The Shaft'').
29th Sep '17 11:23:12 PM Scifimaster92
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26th Aug '17 2:51:55 AM SeptimusHeap
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** During ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', when things start going wrong on the ''Star of Empire'', Hoole tells the Arrandas they should never take the turbolifts in an emergency. Later some characters go into one turbolift, [[RedShirt others]] into the other - and they both start going down way too fast, "screaming like a bomb being dropped." [[ShadowsOfTheEmpire Dash Rendar]] manually hotwires the emergency brake for long enough for the people in his car to get out, but the occupants of the other car were not so lucky.

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** During ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', when things start going wrong on the ''Star of Empire'', Hoole tells the Arrandas they should never take the turbolifts in an emergency. Later some characters go into one turbolift, [[RedShirt others]] into the other - and they both start going down way too fast, "screaming like a bomb being dropped." [[ShadowsOfTheEmpire [[Literature/ShadowsOfTheEmpire Dash Rendar]] manually hotwires the emergency brake for long enough for the people in his car to get out, but the occupants of the other car were not so lucky.
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.
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