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* In ''Film/Entrapment'', when Gin and Mac are fleeing from their theft on the 86th floor, they descend in the elevator. When the security chief realises this, he orders the elevator to be shut down. However, they escape by forcing the doors open.

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* In ''Film/Entrapment'', ''Film/{{Entrapment}}'', when Gin and Mac are fleeing from their theft on the 86th floor, they descend in the elevator. When the security chief realises this, he orders the elevator to be shut down. However, they escape by forcing the doors open.

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* In ''Film/Entrapment'', when Gin and Mac are fleeing from their theft on the 86th floor, they descend in the elevator. When the security chief realises this, he orders the elevator to be shut down. However, they escape by forcing the doors open.
--> '''Security chief''': All right Mr Kruz, your friends are rats in a trap.


* During the "Noosehead" arc in ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'', Sam attempts use an ElevatorEscape to get away from [[OneManArmy Mr. Blank]]. While in the elevator Sam begins considering the odds that Mr. Blank is able to outrun the elevator. When the elevator reaches the target floor and Mr. Blank, inevitably, is waiting for him, [[spoiler:[[EmptyElevator Sam has escaped through the emergency hatch]]]].[[/folder]]

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* During the "Noosehead" arc in ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'', Sam attempts use an ElevatorEscape to get away from [[OneManArmy [[ImplacableMan Mr. Blank]]. While in the elevator Sam begins considering the odds that Mr. Blank is able to outrun the elevator. When the elevator reaches the target floor and Mr. Blank, inevitably, is waiting for him, [[spoiler:[[EmptyElevator Sam has escaped through the emergency hatch]]]].[[/folder]]


* Done in ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'', where Sam rides up to top level in the elevator, the chasing Ninja takes the stairs and, being a determinator, arrives first...
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* Done During the "Noosehead" arc in ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'', where Sam rides up attempts use an ElevatorEscape to top level get away from [[OneManArmy Mr. Blank]]. While in the elevator, elevator Sam begins considering the chasing Ninja takes odds that Mr. Blank is able to outrun the stairs and, being a determinator, arrives first...
elevator. When the elevator reaches the target floor and Mr. Blank, inevitably, is waiting for him, [[spoiler:[[EmptyElevator Sam has escaped through the emergency hatch]]]].[[/folder]]


Related to ElevatorEscape which draws all its suspense potential from the moment the pursuer heads for the closing elevator door and is eventually blocked off. If he actually manages to get in, expect an ElevatorActionSequence to unfold.

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Related Compare to ElevatorEscape which draws all its suspense potential from the moment the pursuer heads for the closing elevator door and is eventually blocked off. If he actually manages to get in, expect an ElevatorActionSequence to unfold.


* Done in ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'', with the chaser taking the stairs. Of course, he's the determinator, so he arrives first...

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* Done in ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'', with where Sam rides up to top level in the chaser taking elevator, the stairs. Of course, he's chasing Ninja takes the stairs and, being a determinator, so he arrives first...

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* In ''Film/TheManFromUNCLE2015'', Victoria and the agents race back to the plaza hotel to preserve their cover stories, Solo and Kuryakin run up a lengthy flight of stairs. Victoria simply takes the elevator.

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* In ''Film/TheGrudge'', Susan [[ElevatorEscape flees Kayako into an elevator]] and appears to be safe. That is until Toshio is seen on the passing floor, and the next, and the next, and so on and so forth... getting closer with each passing floor.

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* In ''Anime/PhantomQuestCorp'', Karino manages to keep up with the hospital's elevator by running up the stairs for at least four floors.
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* In ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'', you have to use this to your advantage. [=LeChuck=] confronts you by an elevator. If you can get the doors to close on him, you can tear off part of his beard which you need for a voodoo charm.


* Hitoshi Nikaidoh was decapitated this way by an elevator with malfunctioning door sensors.


* In ''Film/NationalTreasure'', Ben is attempting to steal the Declaration of Independence. As he's getting away, a rival thief spots him, and tries to get to the elevator.
* In the ''Stargate SG-1'' movie, ''Film/TheArkOfTruth'', replicators jam a door open on the ''Odyssey''. Mitchel shoots them off to close it.
* In ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', when Ripley and Hicks are trying to escape, they make it to an elevator. Hicks repeatedly pushes the button, and the door starts to close... too late to stop a xenomorph from nearly getting to the heroes (and dousing Hicks with acid).



* In ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'', this happens when a necromorph chases you near the start. The elevator slams shut, cutting its body in half. Not exactly OHS compliant...
** It's a subversion in the beginning of that part, though. Isaac makes it into an elevator and the door shuts in front of the Necromorph...then the Necromorph ''pulls the doors open'' and manages to get inside before the door slices it in half.



* The opening of ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' features Ellis getting ensnared by a Smoker just as he enters an elevator. Two common infected try to pull him out, but Coach chainsaws through them all and the four protagonists are safe (for about thirty seconds).



* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'', near the end of the second season. Shaak Ti and two other Jedi take Chancellor Palpatine down a hallway as Grievous begins slashing his way through the assembled guards. They call the elevator while listening to Grievous fighting, and when it all goes quiet, the Ithorian Jedi repeatedly mashes the button. They do make it inside though, despite Grievous busting out of the office and running down the hall towards them.



* Used as part of the punchline of a chapter in a computer graphics book. The author recounts a story involving him and a couple of his friends streaking through a hotel hallway, knowing that the timing of the elevator worked out just right for the doors to close behind them and cut off pursuit. The author got ahead of his compatriots and got the doors to close early, leaving them stranded. He was so tickled at how clever he was that he didn't realize that the elevator had gotten to the ground floor before it opened up on the lobby. Which, of course, introed the chapter on raw speed and exposed faces.


* After defeating Ryan in ''VideoGame/WinBack'', he blows up himself and the express elevator, [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle redirecting you through the long way]] to the control center.


* Action variant in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'': the T-1000 forces open the doors of the shaft and drops on top of the car, attacking through the car ceiling. Slightly earlier, it got its hooks between the doors and began to pry them open. Arnie's Terminator stopped it via a point-blank shotgun blast to the face.

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