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The Lift (1983)
"De lift" (original title)

 -  Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  4 July 1985 (USA)
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A lift begins displaying some erratic behavior, like trapping some party goers and nearly suffocating them, and decapitating a security guard. Felix, the technician from the lift company, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Felix Adelaar
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Mieke de Beer
Josine van Dalsum ...
Saskia Adelaar
Liz Snoyink ...
Vrouw in Lift
Wiske Sterringa ...
Vrouw in Lift
Huib Broos ...
Man in Lift
Pieter Lutz ...
Man in Lift
Johan Hobo ...
Ober
Dick Scheffer ...
Gérant
Matthias Maat ...
Ober
Ger van Groningen ...
Ober
Jan Anne Drenth ...
Nachtportier
Emma Onrust ...
Dochertje
Sydney Kuyer ...
Zoontje
Cor Witschge ...
Dagportier
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Storyline

A lift begins displaying some erratic behavior, like trapping some party goers and nearly suffocating them, and decapitating a security guard. Felix, the technician from the lift company, can't find anything wrong with the circuitry. When he and a nosy reporter begin asking questions of the lift company's electronics partner (Rising Sun Electronics) his boss puts him on a leave of absence. A subsequent visit to a professor leads them to believe that some evil experiments are being conducted with MICROCHIPS. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Take the stairs, take the stairs. For God's sake, take the Stairs!!!


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€350,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Apart from the elevator interior and a tiny piece of elevator shaft, the entire film was shot on location. Production designer Harry Ammerlaan managed to dress the same hallway in numerous different ways to resemble different floors in the building. They kept the floor wet constantly to keep it shiny and more ominous. See more »

Goofs

What the "professor" explains about the bad robustness of integrated circuits is complete nonsense. However, the "professor" is later questioned as part of the story, so this may well have been intentional. See more »

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Head Waiter: These damn machines will be the death of us all some day!
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For the second time: incredible!
4 June 2003 | by (Rotterdam, Holland) – See all my reviews

This movie is still one of the best Dutch movies ever made. It is exciting, scary, and it's got a small sense of humour. When I bought the DVD a couple of days ago, I heard at the Director's Commentary (Dick Maas) that the 'building-up'(I don't know what the English word for this is, but in Dutch is called 'opbouw') from the movie is 'copied' from "Jaws". In the beginning you see something terrible happen, and then you meet the maincharacter and his family, and then more accidents happen. The beginning is, like I said, terrible and typically Dutch, but Dick Maas said that it was to bring some humour and a little sex in the movie (because there was in the rest of the movie no place for it anymore), and that's, at my opinion, a good reason for this horrible sex-scene. One of the scariest moments in this film, is when Serge Henri Valcke stands in the lift, and blood is dripping on his jacket. Then he watch, and then the dead body of Michiel Kerbosch (who plays a cleaner) falls down. Although I knew what was going to happen, and the Director's Commentary was standing on, I was so much terrified. Really. And the most terrible but funny scene, was the deceptation ('onthoofding' in Dutch, cause I don't know if this the correct word for it) of Gerard Thoolen. Horrified! It was shot backwards, said Dick Maas. Dick Maas says the film is a little slow, and that he, at this moment, wanted to have a little more action it, but see the results: Down and Do not Disturb were terrible at the cinema. But this movie is fine like it is now, and I think that only Dutch people can love the movie like it's belonged to.


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