This Is Dark…

This is a well done prank, from Brazilian TV. And, while you must feel for the victims, clearly anguished and emotionally shaken… each time the scenario plays out, punctuated by the ghost girl’s scream, I felt a growing appreciation for this dark black comedy extreme. The last man, with his hands over his face, is just sobbing uncontrollably. If you think of it as an amazingly effective theme park ride for the unsuspecting, you might be able to excuse your personal delight while viewing this. But, imagine something even worse… not telling the victims it was all a ruse. They would leave that elevator living the rest of their lives in total fear of what they might see next.


  • Don from Oregon
    November 28, 2012 - 18:46 | Permalink

    That is hands down, one of the most unbelievably cruel things I have ever witnessed. That and a Golden Globe going to Two and a Half Men for the “quality” of Charlie Sheen’s acting

  • Willard
    November 28, 2012 - 19:08 | Permalink

    I think the idea is brilliant, and the execution is outstanding. But… when you see the reactions, it’s apparent how traumatizing this “joke” really is. The laugh track is what makes it seem cruel. I laughed at the deviousness of it all, but never thought the situation was funny. A darkened elevator is bad enough. Having something suddenly standing next to you is something else altogether. That guy in the red shirt truly believed he was being visited by his past or some devil. He had Day Of Reckoning written all over his face.

    Is this from a specific movie? The character seems generic and I don’t recognize the music.

  • Adam
    November 28, 2012 - 23:32 | Permalink

    Wow. This practically has lawsuit written all over it, and I wouldn’t feel the least bit sorry for the TV show.

    I do admit, the staging and execution of this is impressive.

    “Is this from a specific movie? The character seems generic and I don’t recognize the music.”

    *shrug* It seems like a fairly generic disturbed ghost girl archetype.

  • December 1, 2012 - 03:01 | Permalink

    Immediately made me think of the brilliant “elevator death” video for Die Artze’s record-breaking 2001 German/Austrian smash (literally!) hit “Yoko Ono”*.

    – mnw

    BTW: The above is the official promo video, which at 48 seconds long gets a bit draggy. If you like the song, check out the live Top of the Pops version instead, which shaves the song down to a more manageable 36 seconds. []

    *(Apart from Klaus Voorman’s proteges TRIO, Die Artze is my favorite pop-rock act outta Deutschland. Anyone know where I might look online for their 1993 “FriedensPanzer” (“Peace Tank”) EP or the 2000 album “Runter mit den Spendierhosen, Unsichtbarer!” (“Down with the generosity trousers, invisible one!”)?

  • Willard
    December 1, 2012 - 03:23 | Permalink

    You gotta like a band that knows in 48 seconds they’ve said all they need to say.

  • Ace K
    December 4, 2012 - 08:36 | Permalink

    I quit after the first one at around 1:30. Just too cruel and abusive for me.


    Reminded me of a local “wacky morning show” DJ who as part of his regular phone prank called a woman up and scared her mightily that she was going to be deported because of some technicality. Ha ha, really funny. And the pathetic DJ tried to worm out of it by noting that the woman’s husband/boyfriend suggested it AND that the woman was relieved once they told her it was a prank.

    Pathetic. Like the abusive parents who inspired by funnyman Jimmy Kimmel think it is funny to pretend to their kids that they have taken away or eaten all of the Halloween candy.

    What could people be thinking?

    There is a difference between what is funny in a movie and what is funny in real life (a point I first realized when some jackass I was with was pulling his “Bill Murray” routine on a waitress who was just trying to take an order).

    Not knocking on you, Willard, for posting this. Post what you want. Just noting that for me personally I found the sadism in this unstomachable.


    • Willard
      December 4, 2012 - 10:28 | Permalink

      Never said I thought it was “funny.” And yes… while it IS cruel and dark, it’s also a fascinating study in human nature. I didn’t appreciate the darkness of it, however, until the 4th or 5th person. If you only watched one, you saw a very muted response. Personally, I was disturbed by the responses by the women, which was generally fear and crying, and one woman in particular was very hard to watch. The men, however, were fascinating. Probably because I was trying to put myself in their position. Quite unsuccessfully, I might add. No… I didn’t think this was funny… but I fully understand your response.

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