4.4/10
3,161
68 user 28 critic

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 »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Lift (1983)
Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

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 »

Director: Dick Maas
Stars: Huub Stapel, Willeke van Ammelrooy, Josine van Dalsum
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

This romantic comedy takes place over the course of one year - opening on New Year's Eve of one year and closing exactly one year later. The film focuses on three women living together in a... See full summary »

Director: Emma-Kate Croghan
Stars: Claudia Karvan, Naomi Watts, Alice Garner
Needle (2010)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A killer uses an 18th century machine with supernatural powers to terrorize students at a college.

Director: John V. Soto
Stars: Travis Fimmel, Ben Mendelsohn, Nathaniel Buzolic
Chillerama (2011)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

It's the closing night at the last drive-in theater in America, and Cecil Kaufman has planned to show four movies, which are so rare that they have never been exhibited publicly on American soil, until this very night.

Directors: Adam Green, Joe Lynch, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Adam Rifkin, Sarah Mutch, Ray Wise
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In a poor mining town in western China, stories of a father and his two children intertwine. The misfortunes of son and daughter alike unravel to illuminate the complicated relationships ... See full summary »

Director: Chi Zhang
Stars: Deyuan Luo, Xuan Huang, Luoqian Zheng
Action | Thriller | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Do Not Disturb tells the story of an American family in Amsterdam whose mute 10 year old daughter witnesses a murder. The murderers chase the child through nightly Amsterdam.

Director: Dick Maas
Stars: William Hurt, Jennifer Tilly, Francesca Brown
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

When this year's round of unsuspecting Northerners fail to show up for their annual Guts N' Glory Jamboree, the residents of Pleasant Valley take their cannibalistic carnival on the road ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Sullivan
Stars: Bill Moseley, Lin Shaye, Christa Campbell
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A woman, whose husband is cheating on her, and an undertaker, who has been in love with her since their childhood, decide to fake her death so they can be together.

Director: Nick Hurran
Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Alfred Molina, Christopher Walken
Bait III (2012)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A freak tsunami traps shoppers at a coastal Australian supermarket inside the building - along with 12-foot Great White Sharks.

Director: Kimble Rendall
Stars: Richard Brancatisano, Xavier Samuel, Chris Betts
The Custodian (1993)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A police detective decides to expose the pervasive corruption that permeates his department.

Director: John Dingwall
Stars: Anthony LaPaglia, Hugo Weaving, Barry Otto
Shut In I (2016)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A heart-pounding thriller about a widowed child psychologist who lives an isolated existence in rural New England. Caught in a deadly winter storm, she must find a way to rescue a young boy before he disappears forever.

Director: Farren Blackburn
Stars: Naomi Watts, Charlie Heaton, Jacob Tremblay
Rigor mortis (1981)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Dick Maas
Stars: Rijk de Gooyer, Conny Franken, Guus Hoes
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Mitchell
...
...
...
...
Blind Man (Mr Faith)
Peter Banks ...
William Vanderpuye ...
Murphy (as Will Vanderpuye)
Wilke Durand ...
...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

YOUR NEXT STOP... IS HELL.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

6 September 2001 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

The Shaft  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In real life Naomi Watts is afraid of elevators. See more »

Quotes

Security Guard #6: It's going DOWN!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Dog Lies Buried See more »

Soundtracks

She's Not There
Written by Rod Argent
Performed by The Zombies
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
For Viewers-It Brings You "Down" and Gives You "The Shaft"
9 August 2005 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

Before Naomi Watts became a big star from her excellent performances in excellent films like "Huckabees", "Mulholland Drive", and "21 Grams"; she was delivering excellent performances in a lot of garbage movies like "The Shaft" aka "Down". And while her performance here does not save the movie, it does elevate (bad pun intended) it to a viewable level.

The only other reason to watch this thing is to see yet another example of the film-making phenomenon that big is not only not better, but much worse. Which is probably related to the human interest angle in journalism, where a large disaster cannot sustain interest as long as the same story on a smaller more human scale.

For those who don't already know it, "The Shaft" or "Down" is Dutch Director/Writer Dick Mass's remake of his 1983 classic "De Lift". One posted comment about the original says: "…. looks technically proficient, with fine color texture, smooth cinematography ( by Marc Felperlaan ) and tight editing ( by Hans van Dongen ), elements that help to maintain a high level of suspense. The story clearly echoes Jaws, with its obsessed hero and corrupted authority figures, who would rather disguise the truth than face it. Despite this movie being his debut, many of Maas's personal trademarks are also already in place: quick pacing, sadistic gore effects modified by edgy humor, mild satire on bourgeois preoccupations, and broadly etched supporting characters".

Apparently the title "Elevator" was already taken and "Lift" was too European for the remake he was left with two very stupid titles with which the distributors have been experimenting since 2001.

In the 1983 version, the elevator of an Amsterdam flat (another European term) misbehaves badly. The elevator begins trying to crush, suffocate and decapitate passengers. Fearless mechanic Felix does battle with the seemingly haunted machine. But the anti-technology twist is that the elevator has developed a mind of its own due to an experimental 'biochip'. Felix is assisted by a magazine reporter named Mieke de Beer ( wasn't that the name of Scotty's German pen pal in "Eurotrip"?).

The original was shot in just 30 days with a very limited budget, this constrained the production resulting in an intimate story, viewers identified with the characters and this greatly enhanced the suspense level. This time someone gave Maas a lot of money and he pumped up the production; moving it to New York, adding tons of unnecessary effects, making the elevator absurdly powerful, and geometrically increasing the size of the cast. The Amsterdam elevator was deadly but in ways that a malfunctioning elevator could be deadly. The new elevator is like a cross between a James Bond story and a poor 1950's science fiction film.

Not surprisingly the human interest wheels fall off immediately. If you ignore your strong impulse to bail and just keep watching you will see decent performances from Watts and the from various character actors who populate the cast.

Unfortunately for Mass, he choose New York City for this 2001 movie and deviated from the original by throwing in some misdirection about terrorists being behind the elevator accidents. There is even a line about the first bombing of the World Trade Center. Apparently this was embarrassing enough to insure that there was no theatrical release.


18 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?