"Into the Dark" Down (TV Episode 2019) - IMDb
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Two coworkers find themselves stranded in an elevator over Valentine's Day weekend.

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Daniel Stamm

Writer:

Kent Kubena
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Episode cast overview:
Natalie Martinez ... Jennifer Robbins
Matt Lauria ... Guy / John Deakins
Arnie Pantoja ... Eddie
Christina Leone ... Ruby
Diane Sellers ... Co-Worker
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Two co-workers get stuck in an elevator four levels underground after everyone else has left for the weekend, on the day before Valentine's Day. What starts out as possible chemistry between them takes a turn for the worse as each finds out more about the other. Written by @laudpatty

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Horror | Thriller

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Matt Lauria and Natalie Martinez both starred in the TV series "Kingdom". See more »

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Contrary to popular belief, cigars (and cigarettes) cannot light gasoline. Forensic experts with the ATF made over 2000 attempts using optimal conditions and could not get the gasoline to ignite. See more »

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Ruby: Where's Eddie?
Guy: Eddie split.
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'Into the Dark' doubles down on its B-movie celebrations with 'Down'
5 February 2019 | by imthelastboyscoutSee all my reviews

'Into the Dark' is already returning to the well it drank from with 'Flesh & Blood', keeping things in one location with two main characters at loggerheads. The results are mostly enjoyable even if the 'trapped in an elevator' premise leaves little room for any real invention.

TV stars Natalie Martinez and Matt Lauria carry the 80-minute running time admirably enough; with the former giving a believable and sympathetic turn while the latter enjoys the opportunity to chew on some scenery. They have an interesting chemistry together but rarely do their performances rise above the lurid B-movie nature of the piece. This is familiar territory to anyone who remembers the woman-in-peril thriller 'P2' (which was set on Christmas Eve and would have been a perfect fit for this series come to think of it). 'Down' plays out in a similar fashion only with a smaller budget, less locations and not as many suspense sequences.

This is the first of the 'Into the Dark' movies that felt a lot more like a TV movie, in both premise and execution. I love a good one location thriller, especially if the writer and director can keep the suspense juice flowing for a feature length runtime, but 'Down' is hindered in its ability to drum up true terror by its all too simplistic premise. We know that our two characters will be stuck in this elevator for the majority of the story so therefore we know that neither one of them will face any true peril for at least an hour. And we know exactly which character is not all they appear to be, simply based off the limited nature of the set-up. At one point, right around the first confrontation, I thought the story was going to actually pull out a surprise by killing said character in the heat of a struggle then the true horror story would begin with our lone survivor trapped in an elevator coffin for days with a decomposing body. 'Ah, this could be exciting!' I thought to myself, but then we went straight back into the trapped-with-a-psycho formula. Too bad.

For the first half an hour we get some really interesting character dynamics between Martinez and Lauria, particularly their early flirtations, so they keep things watchable until the plot closes in on them and forces them into conflict. There are some contrivances along the way to get them there too, as both characters say and do things to keep this antagonism alive. When a screenwriter limits themselves this much with their set-up, such contrived behaviors can be expected and even forgiven. Something has to push this story forward, even if Martinez giving the finger to Lauria at a key moment is about as stupid a thing anyone in this series has done thus far. Still, I have to give screenwriter Kent Kubena credit here because 'Down' is never dull nor does it outstay its welcome. It is slick and efficient schlock.

In fact, 'Down' is the most true-to-premise installment of this holiday themed series so far. It really does feel like a twisted take on Valentine's Day where as previous episodes have often felt tenuously connected to their holidays. I like that each film has a different way of dealing with the holiday theme though and they have all explored different themes and issues in their own twisted ways. 'The Body' felt like an attempt to size-up and cut-down millennials; 'Flesh & Blood' explored some devious gaslighting between parent and child; 'Pooka' delved into the nature of existential guilt; 'New Year, New You' toyed with toxic femininity; and 'Down', I suppose, explores toxic masculinity. You could say it is a #MeToo movie in that regard, even if its ideas and scenes are lifted (almost wholesale) from movies that were around way before that movement got going. Ultimately, I feel like 'Down' is entertaining but somehow redundant. This cat-and-mouse one location deal was done to better effect in 'Flesh & Blood' and 'New Year, New You'.

'Into the Dark' is proving itself to be quite divisive. Rather than it being a straight-up horror anthology it seems to be unfolding as more of a celebration of the horror/thriller B-movie. That is really quite awesome in its own way. In an era of prestige TV, when every serialized show takes itself way so seriously, it is really refreshing to have something this trashy, fun and entertaining to watch each month. So I'm still digging the series and will continue reviewing every episode as and when they come out. Next up, 'Treehouse'. See you then!


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