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Director:
Writer:
Dick Maas (writer)
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Release Date:
4 July 1985 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Take the stairs, take the stairs. For God's sake, take the Stairs!!!
Plot:
A lift begins displaying some erratic behavior, like trapping some party goers and nearly suffocating them... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins See more »
NewsDesk:
(6 articles)
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 (From Twitch. 24 February 2015, 11:00 AM, PST)

[Yuletide Terrors] Day 5: Saint Nick
 (From Destroy the Brain. 5 December 2014, 8:15 PM, PST)

Do You Dare Ride The Lift To Hell?
 (From Twitch. 28 February 2013, 10:00 AM, PST)

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Obscure Holland-horror! See more (45 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Huub Stapel ... Felix Adelaar

Willeke van Ammelrooy ... 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
Paul Gieske ... Huismeester
Piet Römer ... Beheerder
Serge-Henri Valcke ... Psychiater
Onno Molenkamp ... Blinde man
Manfred de Graaf ... Makelaar
Agnes Schuch ... Werkster
Gerard Thoolen ... Nachtwaker 1
Kees Prins ... Nachtwaker 2
Siem Vroom ... Politie Inspecteur
Aat Ceelen ... Rechercheur
Arnica Elsendoorn ... Schoonzuster
Guus Hoes ... Zwager
Ab Abspoel ... Cher

Hans Dagelet ... Collega
Isabelle Brok ... Meisje bij Lift
Carola Gijsbers van Wijk ... Maitresse
Theo Pont ... Verpleger
Ad Noyons ... Ex-Liftmonteur
Coby Timp ... Receptioniste
Hans Veerman ... Baas Rising Sun
Peer Mascini ... Professor
Michiel Kerbosch ... Schoonmaker
Luk van Mello ... Baas
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mariëlle Sprong ... Ravensteijn's secretaresse

Directed by
Dick Maas 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dick Maas  writer

Produced by
Matthijs van Heijningen .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dick Maas 
 
Cinematography by
Marc Felperlaan 
 
Film Editing by
Hans van Dongen 
 
Production Design by
Harry Ammerlaan 
 
Set Decoration by
René Habes 
Jan van den Berg 
Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. 
Hans Voors 
 
Costume Design by
Jany Temime  (as Jany Hubar)
 
Makeup Department
Robert Stouthamer .... special makeup effects artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Myrna van Gilst .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Tom Zwaan .... props
 
Sound Department
Georges Bossaers .... sound mixer
Bert Koops .... second sound
Bert Koops .... sound recordist
Hans-Walter Kramski .... sound effects
Ad Roest .... adr mixer
Ad Roest .... adr recordist
Ad Roest .... foley mixer
Ad Roest .... foley recordist
Ad Roest .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Leo Cahn .... special effects
René Stouthamer .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cor Roodhart .... lighting technician
Erwin Steen .... assistant camera
René Stouthamer .... grip
Anne Taverne .... still photographer
Alexander van der Meer .... lighting assistant
Franc van Zutphen .... lighting assistant
Jan Wich .... clapper loader
 
Casting Department
Hans Kemna .... casting advisor
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvonne De Boer .... assistant costumes
 
Transportation Department
Eric Wobma .... production driver
 
Other crew
Helen Blok .... production secretary
Guurtje Buddenberg .... production accountant
Puck de Leeuw .... script girl
Jurriën Rood .... script supervisor
Andre Sjouerman .... shoot advisor
Mariëlle Sprong .... caterer
Eric Wobma .... general assistant
 
Thanks
Gaby Tjoe .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"De lift" - Netherlands (original title)
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Runtime:
Argentina:99 min | Sweden:99 min | USA:95 min | Netherlands:95 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The movie was shot in 30 days and had a very small budget.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Quotes:
Head Waiter:These damn machines will be the death of us all some day!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Die lila Weihnachtsgeschichte (1991) (TV)See more »

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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Obscure Holland-horror!, 18 May 2005
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

It seems that Dick Maas' De Lift has become a true horror gem over the years and I even picked up that it's most wanted among cult-collectors. Well, here in the home countries (The Netherlands and Belgium) you can still easily find an old copy in videostores or even on flee-markets, so all you avid fanatics should come pay us a visit! To me, "De Lift" will always remain special because it was one of my very first encounters with the horror genre but even from a more objective viewpoint, I still think it's a very decent film with some genuine scares and an impressively grim atmosphere. The plot is far from brilliant (on the verge of ludicrous, actually) but that's widely made up by some effective shock-sequences and Maas' talent to build up slow suspense. After several people got injured by the newly installed elevator in a fancy building complex, mechanic Felix Adelaar is hired to do a detailed check up. Together with a persistent female reporter, he discovers that the production company has been experimenting with new chips that totally haven't been approved yet. There's a painful use of clichés, the dialogues are poorly written and – granted – there's a little too much talking going on. But, when the characters aren't talking nonsense, there's some pretty unsettling stuff to see! In the scariest sequence of the entire film, the fiendish elevator plays a deadly game with a young girl while the ominous music will make you move to the end of your seat. The footage filmed in the ugly shaft is really chilling and there's some excellent low-budget gore as well, with a nasty decapitation and a vile hanging as the absolute highlights. The biggest criticism I've come about this site is about the awful dubbing but, since I'm Dutch speaking, I luckily didn't suffer from that. "De Lift" was Dick Maas' first long-feature film and he also pleased the Dutch audiences with the happily deranged adventures of the Flodder family before emigrating to Hollywood where he remade his own debut. Even though Maas managed to recruit a great cast for this project (Naomi Watts, Ron Perlman, Dan Hedaya...), it totally lacks the obscurity and dark cinematography of the original. Give it a look....if you can find it.

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