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Amsterdamned (1988)

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A mysterious diver hiding in Amsterdam's canal system embarks on a rampage of gruesome murders, terrifying city officials and leaving few clues for the city's best detective, who doesn't ... See full summary »

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Monique van de Ven ...
Serge-Henri Valcke ...
Hidde Maas ...
Wim Zomer ...
John van Meegeren
Tanneke Hartzuiker ...
Potter
Lou Landré ...
Chef
Tatum Dagelet ...
Anneke Visser
Edwin Bakker ...
Willy
Pieter Lutz ...
Skipper
Barbara Martijn ...
Prostitute
Door van Boeckel ...
Maniac (as Door van Boekel)
Simone Ettekoven ...
Salvation Army Soldier
Koos van der Knaap ...
Environmentalist #1
Pieter Loef ...
Environmentalist #2
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A mysterious diver hiding in Amsterdam's canal system embarks on a rampage of gruesome murders, terrifying city officials and leaving few clues for the city's best detective, who doesn't suspect that both his new girlfriend and twelve-year-old daughter may be closer than he is to finding the killer. Written by Blue Dragon <movies@sharyl.mailstop.com>

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Be glad you're afraid. It means you're still alive. See more »


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Huub Stapel, Monique van de Ven, and Serge-Henri Valcke dubbed their own voices in English for the English dubbed version of the film. See more »

Goofs

When the old man that lives on the barge loads the shotgun, you can see that the primers on the shells have indentation marks in their centers, signifying they have already been fired. See more »

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Laura: I got us a reservation for dinner. For three by candlelight at a fish restaurant.
Eric Visser: A fish restaurant?
Laura: You don't like fish?
Eric Visser: Uhh, no. I don't like anything that comes out of the water.
Laura: I came out of the water, Eric.
Eric Visser: Well, you're the one exception. Ahhhhhh!
[purposely puts foot in the water to scare Laura then laughs]
Laura: [smacks Eric in the arm] You clown!
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Spoofed in Moordwijven (2007) See more »

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Amsterdamned
Music by C.L. Touber (uncredited)
Lyrics by C.L. Touber (uncredited)
Performed by by Monique Klemann and Suzanne Klemann as Loïs Lane
Released by WEA Records No. 248.061.7
(C) 1988 WEA Records / Loïs Lane Music / A Division of EMI Music Publ.
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Unique Dutch serial killer effort
17 March 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

If you've seen Dick Maas' previous horror outing - THE LIFT - then you pretty much know what to expect with this kooky crime thriller mixing police investigation with slasher overtones. There's a certain basic artistry in some of the more outlandish scenes - probably the most memorable scene comes when a tour boat, full of gossiping passengers and unruly children runs into a corpse swinging from the bridge; typically, this would be a brief shock scene quickly cutting away to an autopsy or something. But not here - instead, Maas follows the boat through the tunnel as the corpse slides along the glass roof, leaving a trail of blood and gristle behind it. It's an audacious, inventive and highly imaginative moment in what otherwise amounts to a fairly typical thriller.

The ingredients here are ordinary and the film has something for everyone : sex and gore (tame), romance, action, stunts, and a lone hero, a rogue cop whose obscure methods find him at odds with his superiors. The cop in question is played by Maas' favourite leading man Huub Stapel, after he did so well in THE LIFT. Stapel fits into the role of "maverick cop" pretty well here and looks the part with his unshaven face and tired leather jacket. As for the supporting actors and actresses... well, nobody really shines in their role but nobody is wooden either. The dialogue is a little difficult to comprehend sometimes due to the culture gap and the heavy accents on display, but all round it's a good effort on everybody's behalf.

Fans would be wise to check this film out as it's a unique contribution which really draws out the best scenery in Holland. Basically, it's just so different what with the setting and different lifestyles that watching becomes a way of learning about the Dutch. Personally, I myself find the long canals of Amsterdam very interesting to look out and the film really makes use of them in some tense chase moments. The best part of the film is a prolonged speedboat chase which packs in a ton of stunts and could easy fit into a James Bond film without looking out of place - it's that polished.

You're kept guessing as to the identity of the killer throughout and there are plenty of clues and red herrings to chew on. The only thing I think let this film down was the ending, which makes you feel sorry for the killer and gives him a personality - realistic, yes, and a good twist, but not that exciting. Basically, if the idea of a killer stalking the canals of Amsterdam in the wetsuit being chased by policemen who follows his bubbles sounds like your sort of thing, then get this film as that's exactly what it's about and it doesn't disappoint - it may not be a brilliant film, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and was kept interested all the way until the end anyway. Oh yes, and clever title, too.


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