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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.


Ed Dougherty (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Amber Tamblyn ... Claudia
Aidan Gillen ... Karl
Armie Hammer ... Tommy
Katie Stuart ... Francesca
Mabel Rivera ... Claudia's Grandmother
Claudia Bassols ... Pretty Woman
Kate Jennings Grant ... Karl's Sister-in-Law
Emma Prescott ... Nikki
Erin Guzowski Erin Guzowski ... Karl's Wife
Jim Arnold ... Homeless Man
Andrew Tarbet ... Doctor
Jane Partridge Jane Partridge ... Chloe
Diana Van Proosdy Diana Van Proosdy ... Lana
Peggy Batchelor Peggy Batchelor ... Allison
Rubén Castro Rubén Castro ... Maintenance Man


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Three strangers trapped. One killer dying to get out. 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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Did You Know?


At 12:20 when the motorcycle pulls up, the boom operator, boom mic, & crew are visible in the chrome on the back of the cycle's mirror. 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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Alternate Versions

The UK DVD is cut by 31 secs by the BBFC to edit shots of sexual torture including a woman being raped and her breasts cut with a scalpel. See more »


References The Golden Girls (1985) See more »

User Reviews

Much better than expected
14 January 2009 | by andrew-652See all my reviews

Such a low rating on IMDb! I don't write many reviews but feel compelled to write a short one (if IMDb allowed me to) to redress the balance. Blackout was one of the best movies I've seen in the past 6 months. The best thing about the movie is that you don't know what's going to happen next - unlike the rubbish, yawn inducing "thriller" Lakeview Terrace. It is violent & disturbing in parts - especially against women so wouldn't recommend it as a date movie. All the actors were good with the protagonist being particularly menacing! It's not laden with special effects - it doesn't need to be. It's a thriller, not a horror but unlike some movies is thrilling.

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Release Date:

29 May 2008 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Blackout See more »

Filming Locations:

Altadena, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


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



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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