From Beyonce to Jay Z: Seriously Weird Elevator Events Caught on Camera

Hollywood loves elevators. From the tense moments wondering if Hannibal Lecter is coming down with the elevator in Silence of the Lambs to the epic battle between Buzz Lightyear and Emperor Zurg in Toy Story: 2, the fascination with elevators as the scene for dramatic events is a well-documented trait in modern movies.

All of the strange and weird happenings in elevators aren’t confined to the realm of Hollywood make-believe, however. With security cameras everywhere in today’s world, many bizarre events have been caught on camera, in living color most of the time. Some websites, like the New York Daily News, highlight these videos as part of their news coverage. Others focus on the more bizarre, such as ApexCCTV, cater more to the more eccentric aspects of images caught on video.


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We’ve picked a few of the biggest headlines and strangest cases found on elevator video.

  1.  Jay Z and Solange get physical.

This event, caught on camera in the elevator at the Standard Hotel, became the smack down heard around the world. Beyonce’s sister, Solange, attacked Jay Z in the elevator. The altercation was supposedly a result of Jay Z’s decision to attend Rihanna’s Met Gala after-party. Beyonce, Jay Z’s wife, was heading home but apparently her husband still had some party time left in him. Solange objected to this in a physical way, apparently. Why can’t we all just get along?

  1. Ray Rice lays out his then-fiance in elevator.

Surveillance video from an Atlantic City casino elevator shows what appears to be Ray Rice knocking out his finance and then dragging her unconscious body from the elevator. Rice and his fiance ended up both being arrested over the incident. According to Rice’s attorneys, the smack down was only a “very minor physical altercation.” The woman appears to be knocked out cold and is physically dragged from the elevator. If that’s a “very minor physical altercation,” she best hope it doesn’t escalate into anything more serious.

  1.  The Strange Case of Elisa Lam

Though not a celebrity, Elisa has become the center of a mystery, with a key element being strange behavior caught on video in an elevator. The young lady from Vancouver disappeared in Los Angeles, only to be later found in one of the water tanks atop the Cecil Hotel in downtown L.A. Her badly decomposed body was found after hotel residents complained of an odd taste to the water and a black color to it.

  1.  City Building, Leipzig, Germany

This is not so much about a strange or weird event that takes place in an elevator as it is about the elevator itself. In the City Building in Leipzig, Germany, there is an elevator that runs all the time. Not meaning it always comes when you call it. This elevator is designed to hold one person per car and it never stops moving. Like timing your step onto an escalator, you time your step into the one-person car and it takes you up. If you needed to go down, you simply ride the elevator to the top where it makes a crossover to the down side, and you begin your descent. When it gets to your floor, just like timing your step off the escalator, you step out of the elevator cab into the hallway of your floor. No buttons to push, no waiting for a door to close. You can see it for yourself here.

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