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Trailer for M. Night Shyamalan-produced 'Devil': Hell in an elevator!

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My editor was just in my office and asked what I was doing. “Why,” I replied, “I’m about to blog about the trailer for Devil, a new movie produced by M. Night Shyamalan about some people trapped in an elevator and one of them is the devil.” His response? “Is this a joke?” Ha! Good one, boss! But no, Devil is no joke. Which makes what you’re reading the second PopWatch item in three hours to employ the always awesome category Dude, THAT’S Your Plot?.

So anyway, the trailer for Devil — in theaters Sept. 17, co-directed by horror buff bros John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle, of Quarantine “fame” — has recently hit the Web. (See it embedded after the jump.) You’ve got your standard movie tropes: chance encounters, the poor sap who almost missed the elevator, a warning that “one of these people is not who they appear to be,” the defensive guy whom we’re supposed to think is the guilty one. Still, I can’t deny that the plot itself is novel, if totally absurd. Seemingly random people get in an elevator and one is Beelzebub himself? Someone gets bitten? Knives are drawn? There’s blood-curdling screaming? My guess is Nicholas White, the guy who was trapped in a New York City elevator for 41 hours in 2008, is probably gonna skip this one.

What’s your take on the trailer for Devil? Demonically good fun? Does Shyamalan’s involvement make you more or less likely to see the movie? Ever been trapped in an elevator with the devil?

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