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Old 11-30-2010, 11:34 AM   #1
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Default What's this thing on a door called?

You know the drill. A tiny window opens on a door, some douche says "what's the password?". What is that tiny viewing window slit called. I know it has a name.

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Old 11-30-2010, 11:51 AM   #2
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A viewing slot?
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Old 11-30-2010, 12:30 PM   #3
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Peep hole. (or glory hole depending on how it's used).
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Old 11-30-2010, 12:41 PM   #4
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It can be called either a wicket or a hatch.

I used hatch in my most recent script because I was describing a prison door and that's what they're called in a prison context (there are different kinds of hatches -- a food hatch for passing in food, a shackle hatch for attaching shackles, a profanity hatch for administering verbal abuse, etc.).

However, "slot" might be the better choice, since I'm not sure either wicket or hatch will bring the right visual to the reader's mind; I may very well change hatch to slot in my next rewrite.
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:06 PM   #5
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Peep hole. (or glory hole depending on how it's used).
At eye level on a standard door? Although it would be a shock to see, I'd have to give you props for the agility required to present it.
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:52 PM   #6
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I think "door viewer" is the proper name, but "peephole," as said, is also used.

But I also think that there's another slang term that they might have used in old movies and back in the day that might sound more authentic for a script.

Like "starter" was used for matches -- a bum would ask with a cigarette dangling from his mouth, "Got a starter?"
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Old 11-30-2010, 03:38 PM   #7
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A peep-hole.
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Old 11-30-2010, 04:06 PM   #8
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Try:
  • Judas Window or Door
  • Speakeasy Grill or Grate
  • Sliding or Slotted Peephole
  • Wide-Angle Door Viewer
  • Craftsman style Iron Door Viewer

Hope this helps.

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Old 11-30-2010, 06:55 PM   #9
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I like "sliding spy panel." Kinda suggests a nefarious purpose.
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Old 12-01-2010, 03:20 PM   #10
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I would probably call it a peep door. A hatch implies something like a hatch on a ship (the prison use is special jargon). A peephole is something that Norman Bates would use at the Bates Motel.

He knocked on the door. A little peep door swung open at eye level, and an ugly face appeared in it and looked out. "What do you want?" the ugly face demanded.

"Mickey sent me."

The door opened.
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