I've been riding in elevators a lot lately. It got me thinking about the most memorable elevator scenes in movies. There are many. Some that didn't make the cut today but could have: Pulp Fiction, Die Hard, Gremlins 2, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Hudsucker Proxy, Terminator 2, Top Gun, What About Bob, The Blues Brothers, The Departed, Rain Man, Liar Liar, Metropolis, The Doors, and Mission: Impossible solely because they killed off Emilio Esteves in the first ten minutes of the movie, and we never heard from him again. Are we sure they didn't actually kill Emilio???
5) Who Framed Roger Rabbit
When I was a kid, my friends and I tried to reenact this scene all the time. It was impossible. Droopy is more lithe than he lets on...
4) Total Recall
In our Schwarzenegger Sunday Roundup, we deemed this the most severely brutal killing of a rough and tumble henchman in Arnold's esteemed career of delivering rough and tumble henchmen severely brutal deaths they so richly deserve. (photos from Moviedeaths.com)
Unfortunately, the correct picture was unavailable. Borat actually features two memorable elevator scenes, but the second one pretty much makes us forget all about the first. For the unitiated, Borat chases his girthy partner Azamat into a public elevator while both are completely nude. He chases him with a rubber fist. Azamat's breasts are huuuuge.
2) The Matrix
The end of this scene left an indelible impression. Someone used Bowie here. I dug it.
1) The Silence of the Lambs
There's no picture anywhere on the net. There's no Youtube. And maybe that's just as well. For those who've seen the film, you remember it all too clearly. One of the most tense scenes ever put to celluloid, and it made me a little creeped out every time I boarded an elevator for the next two years.