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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 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!!!


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Trivia

All the actors performed their own stunts, as there were no actual stunt men on this film. For instance, to keep the actors safe, the scene in which Gerard Thoolen's head gets stuck between the elevator doors was filmed backwards. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 15 mins) When Felix arrives at Kronenstede at night you clearly see a crew members body reflected in the window when he drives around the corner. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in Midnight Movie Review: Dick Maas on Sint (2010) See more »

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Elevators already scared me, but after seeing this...!
30 March 2002 | by bertine centenSee all my reviews

"De Lift" is, as horror/thriller goes, a movie that is more than decent. Huub Stapel is convincing as the mechanic, who is desperate to solve the puzzle. His determination to make an end to the terror is apparent.

The special effects could have been better, if it had been made in 2002. But remember you are watching a movie from 1983! The shock effects, however, are up to Dick Maas' usual superb standard. There is not much gore, but to me that is an asset, not a defect. The less they show you, the more your imagination will kick in, and that usually makes uglier scenes than any director could believably depict. Do try to find the original with UK subtitles though, if you watch any synchronized movie, a lot of the quality gets lost, things like sarcasm, irony, annoyance, and amazement won't come through. Neither will the play on words, for that usually isn't understood by the translators, or they cannot find the right substitute. If, like me, you like this movie, you will like Dick Maas' absolute master piece: Amsterdamned. Although some of the jokes, are for Dutch-aholics only.


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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

4 July 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Almere, Flevoland, Netherlands See more »

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Budget:

EUR350,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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