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Hilarity on a non-existent budget, still hilarity.
I recently saw the World Premiere of Zeb Haradon's film "Elevator Movie" at the Chicago Underground Film Fest 2004. Shot in a creepy black and white 16mm, and staged almost entirely in an elevator, the movie is low budget, and proud. Hilarious writing, and bland "undercurrented" humor and acting makes this feel a lot like the Coen Brother's "The Big Lebowski" or the recent Indie hit, Napoleon Dynamite. But what makes this film unique is the subject matter. Seemingly normal characters (A Born-again Christian woman, and a loser pervert) are thrusted into a unique, but not unlikely situation. (Trapped in an elevator) Things get stranger and stranger, as their food is replenished daily, they discover they are not suspended in an elevator shaft, and the female role finds out she is lusted after by her male acquaintance, who wants nothing more than to have anal sex with her, and to be fellated by a venus flytrap. Characters proceed to get stranger and stranger (reminiscent of a Charlie Kaufman film) until the hilarious end.
I highly recommend this movie, and I for one can't wait for a DVD to be published. If your interested in this film, check out Elevator Movie's website for information regarding screenings.
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