I have this recurring fear whenever I ride in elevators that the elevator will start to move when I’m on the way out, and the elevator will just move and cut me in half. Or the doors might suddenly close and I’ll get caught in them, and then the elevator will proceed to move and then cut me in half.
Honestly, I feel that the few seconds that it takes for a person to walk in or out of an elevator are probably really dangerous for that reason. I’ve seen too many movies like Resident Evil where such a death occurs… and it freaks me out.
I don’t know why, but I think it’s that little gap between the floor and the elevator that you have to cross over; that little gap that leads into nothingness, like a glimpse of the abyss that is just waiting to consume you the moment you cross its threshold.
So I rush in and out of elevators. If there are people crowding the doors, I’ll just hang back a bit till I have enough space to hop in/out.
I also just read that someone in New York died in exactly this manner just recently… which means that my irrational movie-induced fear is not that irrational after all!