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John Erick Dowdle (2010)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Based on a story by M Night Shyamalan, this watchable chiller is the first movie in the proposed Night Chronicles trilogy - supernatural stories set in the modern urban world. Here, five strangers find themselves trapped in a lift in a Philadelphia office building. So far, so claustrophobic. But it soon emerges (thanks to a Mexican security guard who knows his folklore) that the Devil is also among them and wants to claim their souls. What's intriguing here is that the subsequent meltdown of the quivering quintet (and the eerie stuff that ensues) is observed via CCTV by a sceptical investigating cop (Chris Messina). True, it's all a bit Twilight Zone and is spooky rather than gory, but the cinematography by Tak Fujimoto (The Silence of the Lambs) is effective, especially the disorientating opening credits sequence, and it's competently put together by director John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine) and screenwriter Brian Nelson (30 Days of Night). And at least Shyamalan, whose career behind the camera has followed the law of diminishing returns since the huge success of The Sixth Sense, didn't direct it.


Five strangers get trapped when a lift breaks down. As a cop and a security guard try to free them, it becomes clear they are in far greater danger. One of the group is the Devil himself, who has assumed human form to harvest the souls of sinners - but nobody can tell who he is. Horror, starring Chris Messina, Bokeem Woodbine and Caroline Dhavernas.

Cast & Crew

Detective Bowden Chris Messina
Salesman / Vince Geoffrey Arend
Young woman / Sarah Bojana Novakovic
Mechanic / Tony Logan Marshall-Green
Old woman Jenny O'Hara
Guard / Ben Bokeem Woodbine
Ramirez Jacob Vargas
Lustig Matt Craven
Elsa Nahai Caroline Dhavernas
Detective Markowitz Josh Peace
Dwight Joe Cobden
Cheryl Zoie Palmer
Henry Vincent Laresca
Old janitor Rudy Webb
Donnelly Craig Eldridge
Chinese man Robert Lee
Director John Erick Dowdle
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 17 Sep 2010