Some people find elevators scary. It can be frightening to be enclosed in a small compartment, hoping that it will stop at the right floor and the doors will open, but knowing that occasionally that doesn’t happen.
A new game show is capitalizing on these fears. Later this year, GSN will introduce “Hellevator,” a new horror-themed game show. Teams of three contestants will ride an elevator through an abandoned warehouse. One player will get out on each floor to complete a challenge and earn money for the group. If the person doesn’t make it back to the Hellevator on time, the others move on. The show will be hosted by sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska.
A real or fake elevator can enhance the atmosphere of a haunted house or other scary Halloween attraction. It can increase guests’ feelings of being trapped and isolated. An elevator can seem to go out of control and plunge or get stuck. Monsters or ghouls can be waiting in the elevator to scare passengers as they enter, or they can jump out after the elevator begins moving or be waiting when the doors open for people to leave.
The elevator does not have to move to be scary. Implied movement can be just as frightening. This effect can be created by using lights or by changing the way the indicator lights function. Rollers or treadmills can scroll a brick or stone patterned fabric in an elevator window, or an animation can be shown on flat screen TVs. Speakers can cause vibrations to make guests feel like the elevator is moving. The feeling of being trapped or the fear of encountering ghouls in an elevator can delight and terrify visitors to a haunted house.