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To promote the movie, M. Night Shyamalan made a humorous parody video for the Internet taking the premise of the movie, but instead having it take place on an escalator.
The end credits don't call any of the people trapped in the elevator by their names. Just their occupations or what they are, e.g. Older Woman.
In its first weekend of release in the United States it was able to gain back its entire production budget.
The inspiration for the film comes from the folktale "The Devils Meeting" in which the Devil roams the earth in human form torturing the living. The film also mentions the folktale.
The "annoying" elevator music that plays on a repeated loop is called "Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree".
The first movie in The Night Chronicles trilogy, which involves the supernatural within modern urban society.
All five characters who get on the elevator have the color red in common: the Mechanic's satchel, the Old Woman's hair, the Young Woman's nails, the insignia on the Guard's uniform and the Salesman's tie are all red.
Trademark: M. Night Shyamalan [Philadelphia, PA]: The film takes place in Philadelphia, and the detective is from the Philadelphia Police Department.
Not screened in advance for critics.
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Originally set to be released in February 2010, the film was bumped to September.
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Number 666 references: the building number is 333 (666/2), the elevator number is 6, and stops on floors 23 to 42 (2*3=6, 4+2=6), When the hockey match on TV turns on right after the elevator stops, the time of the match is 1:42, (4+2=6), the floor that Sara wants to go to is 42 (4+2=6), the floor that Ben needs to go to is 39 (9-3=6).


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Dwight's death took four days to shoot.
M. Night Shyamalan admitted that Agatha Christie was an influence on the film, especially Christie's 1939 novel And Then There Were None. They both share the same plot of a group of people with guilty pasts trapped in an isolated location and die off one by one. The final plot twist is also the same. The villain is among them, thought to have been killed off earlier in the story.

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