Tamblyn to Blackout This January

Blackout set for January releaseI’ve never had the misfortune of being trapped in an elevator but I’m quite certain it sucks. I’m postive being trapped in an elevator for 20 hours would suck even more so. Being trapped in an elevator for 20 hours with two other people, one of whom turns out to be a serial killer, suffice to say that’s not a scenario you want to find yourself in. That’s the scenario Amber Tamblyn finds herself in in Blackout, coming to DVD this January.

“You’re trapped in the dark elevator of a deserted building with two strangers on a hot August afternoon, with a dire need to be somewhere else. Things couldn’t get any worse … unless one of you is a psychopathic serial killer. Amber Tamblyn (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, TV’s “Joan of Arcadia”) and Aidan Gillen (The Low Down, TV’s “The Wire”) star in this riveting thriller about what happens when escalating hostility, fear and desperation turn people into vicious, caged animals.”

Most of the word I’ve come across regarding the indie thriller hasn’t exactly been positive. We’ll get to find out for ourselves early next year. The website Video ETA lists Blackout, from Mexican director Rigoberto Castaneda, being released on DVD by Image Entertainment on January 13th.

Three people crammed in an elevator for 90-minutes; something tells me this production saved a lot of money on sets.

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  • Stillborn

    Saw this last night. It’s out on rental DVD in the Netherlands. My wife is a big fan of Amber Tamblyn and everything she’s in, but she even found this a boring mess. Lots of flashbacks explaining the contrived plot and uninteresting characters that coincidentally end up being stuck in the same elevator. It’s also very predictable and unsatisfying. There’s only one character who is really affected by the situation and the repercussions if he or she doesn’t get out in time. In the end it’s a dramatic thriller that lacks any tension.

  • Cash Bailey

    This is exactly the sort of concept that I love. Minimal and intense.

    Amber Tamblyn is a terrific actress, although she doesn’t always get material worthy of her.