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

R  |   |  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

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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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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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The elevator firm where Felix works was originally called "Delta Liften", but because this name was already registered they changed the name to "Deta Liften" just before shooting began. See more »

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When the blind man walks to the elevator he tips his stick forward exactly to find the wall, like he is perfectly seeing when to do it. See more »

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Head Waiter: These damn machines will be the death of us all some day!
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Stylish thriller reminiscent of Stephen King
20 September 2001 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

What do you get when a new elevator is installed and the evil of Stephen King's Christine? You get...THE LIFT. Dick Maas directed a stylish thriller about an elevator with malicious tones. Try suffocation, a blind man falling down the shaft (nice sound FX for this scene) and the famous decapitation scene. My friend was grossed out after seeing the decapitation scene. Nevertheless, it is up to our hero Felix (Huub Stapel) to find out what is wrong with the lift. After seeing this, I want to check out the 2001 remake DOWN, also directed by Maas with James Marshall in the role of the maintenance man in search of the lift's problems.


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