When the elevators in New York's 102-story Millennium Building start to malfunction, mechanic Mark Newman is sent to find the cause. After a series of gruesome and deadly "accidents" occur, Mark joins forces with spunky reporter Jennifer.
Plans take a turn when two young filmmakers are attacked at the Copy Cat Building in Baltimore. The footage that originally served as part of a documentary about the resident artists and ... See full summary »
A famous game show host is being harassed in a restaurant by a strange man who claims to have kidnapped his wife and daughter. A morbid game ensues in which the game show host turns out to be the contestant.
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
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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 »
(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 »
Elevators already scared me, but after seeing this...!
"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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