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The Lift (1983)

De lift (original title)
An elevator mysteriously begins to function intelligently on its own, where victims who go near the elevator or use it are killed.

Director:

Dick Maas

Writer:

Dick Maas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Huub Stapel ... Felix Adelaar
Willeke van Ammelrooy ... Mieke de Beer
Josine van Dalsum Josine van Dalsum ... Saskia Adelaar
Liz Snoyink Liz Snoyink ... Vrouw in Lift (as Liz Snoijink)
Wiske Sterringa Wiske Sterringa ... Vrouw in Lift
Huib Broos Huib Broos ... Man in Lift
Pieter Lutz ... Man in Lift
Johan Hobo ... Ober
Dick Scheffer Dick Scheffer ... Gérant
Matthias Maat Matthias Maat ... Ober
Ger van Groningen Ger van Groningen ... Ober
Jan Anne Drenth Jan Anne Drenth ... Nachtportier
Emma Onrust Emma Onrust ... Dochtertje
Sydney Kuyer Sydney Kuyer ... Zoontje
Cor Witschge Cor Witschge ... Dagportier
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Storyline

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!!!


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

4 July 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lift See more »

Filming Locations:

Almere, Flevoland, Netherlands See more »

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Budget:

EUR350,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The blind man's family name is Vink. This is an inside joke because the Dutch translation for blind tick is 'blinde vink'. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 30 mins) In the end scene, when Kroon get's the cable around his neck, he dies with his left hand stuck between his neck, chin and the cable. However, in the last shot he hangs in the opening with both arms hanging down his body. See more »

Quotes

Head Waiter: These damn machines will be the death of us all some day!
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Obscure Holland-horror!
18 May 2005 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

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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