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"Down"
Into the Dark episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 5
Directed byDaniel Stamm
Written byKent Kubena
Produced by
  • John Hegeman
  • Kent Kubena
  • Allen Fischer
  • Lauren Downey
  • Jason Blum
  • Tevin Adelman
  • Scott Fort
Featured musicMatthew Margeson
Cinematography byScott Winig
Editing byChristopher M. Meagher
Original air dateFebruary 1, 2019
Running time81 minutes
Guest appearances
  • Matt Lauria as Guy / John Deakins
  • Natalie Martinez as Jennifer Robbins
  • Arnie Pantoja as Eddie
  • Christina Leone as Ruby
  • Diane Sellers as Jennifer's Co-Worker
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"Down" is an episode of American horror anthology trang web television series Into the Dark that aired as the fifth episode of the show's first season. It originally premiered in the United States on February 1, 2019, on Hulu. The episode was directed by Daniel Stamm from a script written by Kent Kubena and stars Natalie Martinez, Matt Lauria, Arnie Pantoja, Diane Sellers, and Christina Leone.

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Plot[edit]

In a high-rise office building on the evening before Valentine's Day, Guy (Matt Lauria) and Jennifer (Natalie Martinez) have been separately working late. Apparently the last people vĩ đại leave, they enter the same elevator on different floors and make small talk. On the way down, the elevator abruptly stops, seemingly due vĩ đại the thunderstorm outside. With no cell phone signal, they worry they'll be stuck in the elevator together until Tuesday morning, as Monday is President's Day.

At first, the two hit it off. Guy shares his water and a bottle of wine (a gift he claims is for a client) while Jennifer shares some Hershey's Kisses she grabbed before leaving her office. Killing time, they sketch pictures of each other. As the hours pass, they decide vĩ đại play a game where Jennifer suggests they should share their dirtiest intimate encounters. Guy claims he doesn't have any great sex stories sánh Jennifer convinces him vĩ đại make one up. Using her cell phone, she records him as he relays his tale. As Guy continues, his expression becomes dark and he abrutly ends the story, insisting he was becoming aroused. He then asks Jennifer if he can kiss her, and she consents, leading the two vĩ đại have sex in the elevator.

Afterwards, Guy, beliveving that they shared a special connection, tells Jennifer he could fall in love with her. Jennifer, on the other hand tells Guy that their encounter was merely casual and that she still has feelings for an ex. Frustrated by what he sees as rejection, Guy admits that his story is a lie. His name isn't Guy and he's not an office worker. Instead, he works as one of the building's security guards and has essentially been stalking her. Furthermore, he stopped the elevator with his key when she wasn't looking. He then produces the elevator key and restarts the elevator.

Jennifer is furious; angrily telling him he'll rot in jail, provoking "Guy" vĩ đại stop the elevator again. They get into a physical altercation, wherein the key is accidentally broken; truly trapping them inside.

"Guy" eventually breaks through the elevator's ceiling tiles and Jennifer persuades him into letting her climb out, promising she won't điện thoại tư vấn the police. Once on top of the cabin, however, she flips him off before climbing up a ladder. "Guy" then pulls himself out and chases after Jennifer. He grabs her as she attempts vĩ đại pry open the doors vĩ đại an elevator on a higher floor and they both fall down back into the elevator cabin. Jennifer is the first vĩ đại recover and ties "Guy" up using some of their discarded clothing. Threatening vĩ đại maim him with a cigar cutter from a gift she had planned vĩ đại give vĩ đại her ex, she makes him confess everything he told her previously while recording him on her phone for evidence for the police. This time, "Guy" reveals the truth: his name is John Deakins and he used vĩ đại be a successful white collar worker. He then tells her that the sexual encounter he claims vĩ đại have made up earlier was actually true. Only in reality, his passenger was accidentally killed when his xế hộp ran off a ravine. After serving six months in jail for the crash he was unable vĩ đại get a promising job, sánh he plotted the elevator incident vĩ đại get a taste of his former life.

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Very early Monday morning, another security guard, Eddie (Arnie Pantoja), arrives vĩ đại take his girlfriend up vĩ đại the high-rise's roof. He notices the elevator's stuck and works vĩ đại không lấy phí the pair. John, who has untied his hands and knocked Jennifer unconscious, lures Eddie halfway into the elevator before starting it and slicing the man in half. After cleaning up, John deletes files from the security desk computer and kills Eddie's girlfriend. He then carries an unconscious Jennifer vĩ đại the parking garage, stuffs her into his xế hộp trunk, and drives away.

When John stops the xế hộp and opens its trunk, Jennifer appears vĩ đại be dead. However, she suddenly attacks, knocking him down. She gets into his xế hộp and begins vĩ đại drive away, before reversing and crashing into a dumpster in which John has dived into. Jennifer starts vĩ đại walk away, puffing on a cigar when turns and tosses the lit cigar into the dumpster, and it bursts into flames, killing John.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On November 27, 2018, it was reported that an episode centered on Valentine's Day and titled "Down" would air in February 2019.[1] On December 18, 2018, it was reported that the episode was directed by Daniel Stamm from a script written by Kent Kubena and that premiered on February 1, 2019.[2]

Casting[edit]

Simultaneously with the announcement of the director, it was confirmed that the episode would star Natalie Martinez, Matt Lauria, Arnie Pantoja, Diane Sellers, and Christina Leone.

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Release[edit]

On December 23, 2018, a series of still images from the episode were released featuring Matt Lauria and Natalie Martinez.[3] On January 14, 2019, another image from the episode was released.[4] Three days later, another series of images were released.[5] On January 22, 2019, the official trailer for the episode was released.[6]

Reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the episode has a score of 73% based on reviews from 15 critics, with an average rating of 6.61/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "With its clever concoction of suspense, violence, and romance, Down offers a titillating story that entertains on many levels."[7]

At RogerEbert.com, Brian Tallerico granted the episode only one star out of four, calling it the worst episode in the series vĩ đại date. Writing that the script was a mess, Tallerico said "Down" fell into the outdated “sexually active characters suffer” model of the genre.[8] In a more favorable three-star review at The Daily Dot, Eddie Strait called the episode "a fleet, economical film" whose sense of humor about itself kept it from descending into cliché.[9] A generally positive review at Bloody Disgusting called "Down" a bottle episode that is "ultimately predictable fun."[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morse, Chris (November 27, 2018). "Hulu Releases New Trailer for Into the Dark's Latest Installment, Pooka!". Dead Entertainment. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  2. ^ "HuluPress Originals Premiere Dates".
  3. ^ Ausiello, Michael (December 23, 2018). "Kingdom Reunion on Hulu: Matt Lauria and Natalie Martinez Make Love and War in Into the Dark". TVLine. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  4. ^ Miska, Brad (January 14, 2019). "First Look at Hulu's Valentine's Day-themed "Into the Dark" Episode". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  5. ^ Miska, Brad (January 17, 2019). "Nightmare in an Elevator: Images from Hulu's Valentine's Day-themed "Into the Dark" Episode". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  6. ^ Collis, Clark (January 22, 2019). "Two office workers get trapped in an elevator in Blumhouse's 'Down' trailer". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  7. ^ "Into the Dark - Season 1 Episode 5". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  8. ^ Tallerico, Brian. "Into the Dark: "Down"". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  9. ^ Strait, Eddie. "'Into the Dark: Treehouse' tries vĩ đại blend social commentary and horror, with mixed results". The Daily Dot. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  10. ^ Kurland, Daniel. ""Down" is the Perfect, Twisted Thriller vĩ đại Lock Yourself in With This Valentine's Day". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved January 31, 2019.

External links[edit]

  • "Down" at IMDb