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Release Date: 09/15/23 [Shudder]
Genre: Horror.

Studio: Shudder.

"Supernatural horror, based on the eponymous online phenomenon, a ritual conducted in an elevator, in which players attempt to travel to another dimension using a set of rules that can be found online." 


Elevator Game is a by-the-numbers horror attempt that provides no unique perspectives, originality or charm. I felt like I was stuck on an elevator where a kid pressed all buttons for every floor, which I would consider much more sinister than anything presented in this movie.

The cast of characters is made up of a slew of web series blogger twerps fresh out of high school (Note: I use the term ‘twerps’ loosely, as a self-diagnosed curmudgeon in his early 30s) who profit from views of their exploitative explorations of famous haunts. A new guy infiltrates the team as a purported fan of the show but has ulterior motives of finding his missing sister who was last seen playing the Elevator game.

The movie limps along with its razor thin premise and underdeveloped, static characters. The movie struggled to earn and keep my attention and the high stakes and life or death scenarios the characters face was met with my hollow disinterest and even a disdain for most of the characters.

The film’s antagonist reminded me visually of the girl from The Ring. She contorts her body in ‘scary’ positions while chasing the video blogger gang around like a Scooby-Doo cartoon lacking the tension and fear it aims for. Even the movie's attempt at comedy relief falls flat and left me rolling my eyes more than rolling on the floor with laughter.

Avoid Elevator Game and go play Scrabble in an abandoned stairwell.

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