Three people from different walks of life find themselves trapped inside a stalled elevator. What at first seems like an inconvenience rapidly escalates into a nightmare.



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Credited cast:
Katie Stuart ...
Alvaro Roque ...
Boy in Yellow Boots
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Homeless man
Pretty Woman
Peggy Batchelor ...
Rubén Castro ...
Maintenance Man
Leslie Charles
Erin Guzowski ...
Karl's Wife
Luana Lauverski ...
Beatriz Martínez ...
Young Claudia
Jane Partridge ...


Three strangers are trapped inside an elevator in an empty apartment building during a blackout. The asthmatic Claudia is traumatized with the accident with her beloved grandmother due to a moment of distraction. Karl is a widow doctor that loves his daughter. Tommy is a young man that has just accidentally killed the violent father of his girlfriend Francesca while protecting her and is planning to runaway to Paris with her. The tension of group escalates to a nightmare when one of the strangers shows that is a psychopath and sadistic serial-killer. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Terror. Elevated. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sadistic bloody violence including a rape, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 May 2008 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

Atrapados  »

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(European Film Market) | (PAL DVD) | (DVD release)


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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the scene just before Tommy meets Francesca's father for the first time, he dresses himself sitting in the bed. You see him putting on a t-shirt, in the next shot the shirt is suddenly gone, then it's back on again. See more »


[first lines]
Karl: There is no chance. No destiny. No fate. There's only what you take from the world. And what the world takes from you.
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References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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Great Low-Budget Psychological Thriller
19 January 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

'Blackout' is one of those obscure little multinational affairs that can either be jaw-droppingly bad or a rare unearthed gem - happily, it's the latter. Three characters are trapped overnight in a stalled elevator, bickering and bitching as they try and find a way out while thinking back to the sequence of events that led them there. These 'Lost'-style flashbacks eventually reveal that one of their number is a vicious sociopath.

It's clear that Mexican director Castaneda is influenced more by the character driven horror of the sixties and seventies than by vapid eighties slashers, but his interest in people shouldn't be mistaken for squeamishness when it comes to ugly sexual violence - it's been a long time since I wanted to see a bad guy get what he deserves as much as I did watching 'Blackout'. Castaneda uses more than a few moves from the David Fincher play-book, with the camera squeezing through keyholes and cracks and plummeting down elevator shafts, and the whole thing is beautifully photographed, belying what was in truth a meager budget of only $4 million. A great psychological thriller from a director who deserves success.

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