Rebekah McKendry to Direct Supernatural Horror Film Elevator Game

Colors of the Dark podcast co-host Rebekah McKendry has just started the cameras rolling in Winnipeg on the supernatural horror feature Elevator Game. McKendry is sitting in the director’s chair right now, having replaced Michael Goi on the film. This marks McKendry’s fourth feature-length film after Glorious, which is currently in post-production.

When discussing the project, Goi has previously said that he wanted to do to lifts what Psycho did for showers. He wanted the audience to take the stairs after seeing the film. McKendry has not yet commented on what her vision for the film entails, including whether or not she’ll uphold that previous sentiment.

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“The Elevator Game” is a viral urban legend that contends that you can get the elevator to transport you to another dimension by pressing the buttons in a particular order and following the ritual mapped out by the game. Though it emerged from South Korea, it has since become a global phenomenon online over the past decade across Reddit, YouTube, and other social media platforms.

Though it’s broadly considered an urban legend, the creepy ritual has been repeatedly blamed for mysterious disappearances and deaths. Perhaps most notable was the game being mentioned in multiple online conspiracy theories regarding the disappearance of Elisa Lam at the Cecil Hotel in 2013.

What’s the Movie About?

Deadline reports that the premise of the film is that “Elevator Game follows socially awkward teenager Ryan [previously named Dale] who discovers that the night his sister disappeared, she had played ‘The Elevator Game’ — a ritual conducted in an elevator, in which players attempt to travel to another dimension using a set of rules that can be found online. Ignoring warnings, he resolves to follow and find her.”

Gino Anania from Skymed stars as Ryan, who will be joined by Alec Carlos and Liam Stewart-Kanigan, who were both in Orphan: First Kill. Besides the three of them, other cast members include Samantha Halas, Madison MacIsaac, Verity Marks (Toys of Terror), Nazariy Demkowicz (Dark Harvest), and Megan Best (Séance).

David Ian McKendry and Travis Seppala will write Elevator Game, the latter of whom most recently wrote Captive, also currently in post-production. Its producers are Ed Elbert and Stefan Brunner for Fearworks Production and James Nottie for AMP. Executive producers include Phil Hunt and Compton Ross for Head Gear Films, Inderpal Singh for AMP, Phyllis Laing for Buffalo Gal Pictures. Kevin Hicks, Metrol Technology, and Manitoba Film & Music are also participating.

A release date for the film has not been announced yet, though a teaser poster still bearing Goi’s name has been released. It depicts a mysterious figure mostly seen in silhouette pressing one of the buttons on an elevator with a clawed hand. Its tagline reads “some doors should never be opened.”

As Deadline reported just last year, Elevator Game (aka The Elevator Game) has been pre-sold by AMP International. Though negotiations continue elsewhere, the list of companies and territories currently includes Sahamongkol (Thailand), Mockingbird (Vietnam), MovieCloud (Taiwan), Front Row Entertainment (Middle East), Just Entertainment (Benelux), M2 (Poland), Scanbox (Scandinavia), Sun Distribution (Latin America, Spain, and Portugal), Paradise (CIS and the Baltics), and Capelight Pictures (German-speaking Europe).