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The Shaft (2001)

Down (original title)
When the express elevators in the Millennium Building, one of New York's most famous landmarks, start to malfunction and behave in erratic ways, elevator mechanic Mark Newman is sent out to... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Newman
Gunter Steinberg
Lt. McBain
Security Guard Andy
Security Guard Gary
Blind Man (Mr Faith)
Peter Banks ...
Maintenance Chief
William Vanderpuye ...
Murphy (as Will Vanderpuye)
Wilke Durand ...
Kowalski's Wife
ESU Captain


When the express elevators in the Millennium Building, one of New York's most famous landmarks, start to malfunction and behave in erratic ways, elevator mechanic Mark Newman is sent out to find the cause of the problems. His investigation meets unexpected resistance and not everybody seems to be happy with his involvement. After a gruesome and deadly incident, in which a blind man falls into the shaft and a security guard is decapitated, the police start an investigation. They are however not very successful. Mark is determined to find the cause. He is joined by a female reporter, Jennifer, who is looking for a juicy story. Together they try to unravel the secrets behind the mysterious behaviour of the elevator that seems to have a life of it's own. When things get worse and death toll rises, The Government, fearing terrorists are involved, seal off the building. What at first looked like a routine job turns into a horrifying nightmare in which Mark has to face an enemy whose blood ... Written by FFF

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Rated R for horror violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 September 2001 (Netherlands)  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Jennifer and Mark find information about Gunter Steinberg on Harvard's website, his birth date reads April 15, 1951. It's also director/writer Dick Maas's birth date. See more »


Security Guard #6: It's going DOWN!
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Referenced in Allemaal film: De amerikaanse droom (2007) See more »


Goodbye My Friend
Performed by Karla Bonoff
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The Best 'Elevator Kills People' Movie Ever
20 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

After being completely disappointed with The Ool, my friends and I stuck in The Shaft only to be completely delighted (ouch, bad one). The Shaft (or Down,as it was apparently called at one point) follows the exploited elevator industry as the poor machines have to fight off babies and blind men and roller bladers.

The Shaft is a perfect fit for anyone who wants some fun. I mean, look at that cast! It's B-movie heaven. Watching Ron Perlman's impassioned defense of the elevator industry is golden, and Naomi Watt's 'acting' is once again fun to watch.

The pacing is the real villain in this flick, as it drags on with useless characters and stupid tangents when elevators killing people really should have been the sole focus of the movie.

The climactic battle between the evil elevator which includes, yes, a rocket launcher that shoots invisible rockets, is golden. I will admit with little uncertainty, that this is simply the best Hedaya/Herrmann/Perlman/Ironside/Watts v. possessed elevator movie out there, and, for my money, was worth the fifty cent rental.

Rating: 2/10

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