- 1 hr 35 min
Stuck! is a 2009 comedy-horror film directed by Steve Balderson and starring Karen Black, Jane Wiedlin, and Susan Traylor. The plot revolves around a group of eccentric characters who find themselves trapped in an elevator in a high-rise building. As they wait for rescue, tensions rise and secrets are revealed, leading to a bizarre and macabre turn of events. The film begins with a quick introduction to the handful of characters who will be stuck in the elevator together. There's Brandi (played by Jane Wiedlin), a ditzy and bubbly party planner who's always on her phone; Lloyd (played by Mink Stole), a bitter and miserable older woman who hates everyone; Thomas (played by Starina Johnson), a flamboyant and fashion-obsessed hairdresser; and Donna (played by Susan Traylor), a quiet and mysterious homeless woman with a dark past. The elevator ride starts off as a mundane annoyance, but soon turns into a nightmare when the elevator malfunctions and traps the group inside. What follows is a series of quirky and sometimes eerie interactions as the characters try to pass the time and figure out a way to escape. Despite its horror elements, Stuck! is primarily a dark comedy. The humor is mostly derived from the odd personalities of the characters and their contrasting reactions to the situation they find themselves in. Brandi remains upbeat and chatty, even as the others start to panic and argue; Lloyd grumbles and insults everyone within earshot; Thomas frets about his disheveled appearance and fantasizes about being rescued by a handsome firefighter; and Donna says very little but seems to know more than she lets on. As the hours tick by, the characters begin to reveal more about themselves and their pasts. Brandi confesses to an embarrassing personal problem, Lloyd tells a shocking story about her childhood, and Thomas admits to a surprising secret. Donna remains enigmatic, but her presence becomes increasingly ominous as strange things start to happen in the elevator. The film's horror elements are subtle at first but become more overt as the plot progresses. Strange noises, strange shadows, and strange injuries start to pile up, leading the characters to suspect that something supernatural is happening. This is where Karen Black's character, Edie, comes in. Edie is the building's resident ghosthunter, and she soon arrives on the scene to investigate the strange events in the elevator. Her presence adds a new layer of tension to the already volatile situation as the characters are forced to confront the possibility that they're not alone in the elevator. Overall, Stuck! is an entertaining and offbeat film that defies genre expectations. Its characters are dynamic and engaging, and the plot keeps the viewer guessing until the very end. While it's not a typical horror film, it still manages to chill the audience with its eerie atmosphere and unsettling climax.