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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
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 ... Dochertje
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Take the Stairs, Take the Stairs. For God's Sake, Take the Stairs!!!

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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:

€350,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Apart from the elevator interior and a tiny piece of elevator shaft, the entire film was shot on location. Production designer Harry Ammerlaan managed to dress the same hallway in numerous different ways to resemble different floors in the building. They kept the floor wet constantly to keep it shiny and more ominous. See more »

Goofs

Four men run up the stairs, the last of them is carrying an ax. But in the next scene, the guy with the ax is second in line. See more »

Quotes

Head Waiter: These damn machines will be the death of us all some day!
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Connections

Referenced in La comunidad (2000) See more »

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30 April 2001 | by aqua_swingSee all my reviews

So i was in a second hand movie store looking for a good silly, foreign overdubbed film.

The Lift caught my eye. The cover of the movie exclaims "Take the stairs, take the stairs, for god's sake please take the stairs"

How can you lose?

Seeing this movie for the first time was kind of strange. The lighting is really dark, but the overdubs are good.

The film holds ground nicely, save one part where our hero is talking to a scientist about chips that reproduce themselves, where the word "chip" was used around 30 times in a 2 minute scene.

The hero of the story is rather well scripted, kind of cold, and cool.

The music is kind of strange also, not really complimenting anything, but making the scenes stranger.

I did end up buying the hour and a half movie, as it is a must see for any fan of silly horrors such as Evil Dead, or Dawn of the dead.


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