The story follows socially awkward teenager Ryan, who discovers that the night his sister disappeared she had played ‘The Elevator Game’ — 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. Ignoring warnings, he resolves to follow and find her.
Shudder distributes in the U.S., UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
Filmed in Winnipeg Canada.
Directed by Rebekah McKendry (All the Creatures Were Stirring, Glorious).
Michael Goi (Mary) was originally attached to direct.
This is a horror movie that’s based on an online phenomenon that originated in Japan and South Korea. It has been described as a ritual that will take the person to “another world.” Though the ritual is considered an urban legend, it has reportedly been blamed for “mysterious disappearances and deaths, including that of student Elisa Lam at LA’s Cecil Hotel in 2013. Articles about it frequently caution potential players.” You can read more about the game itself here.
Elevator Game premieres on Shudder on August 11, 2023.
Director: Rebekah McKendry