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THE LIFT - 1 Slime
Rated R
Copyright 1983 Sigma Films
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Felix Adelaar - Elevator technician who is a workaholic.
  • Mieke - Horny female reporter, I could do without her making sexual references.
  • Saskia Adelaar - Felix's jealous wife, she freaks out and leaves him. Typical.
  • Mr. Ravenstein - Building manager who's been doing his partner's wife; likes black lingerie.
  • Bernie (Birdy?) and Karen - The two Adelaar rug rats.
  • Mr. Chrome - Head of the Rising Sun research team who created the lift. Strangled by his creation.
  • Mr. Fink - Old blind guy who should've learned to use his cane correctly by now. Falls down the elevator shaft.
  • Two Drunk Middle Aged Couples - Annoying, but the lift turns off the air conditioning and tries to choke them.
  • The Lift - An elevator with an experimental control chip, it hates people. Shot by Mr. Chrome.

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The Plot: 

Here it is folks, the killer elevator movie. I know you've been wandering through the video store looking for it, because somewhere (probably Europe), someone (who might be a tad claustrophobic) had written the script for this movie. Amazingly you were right, but I'm not certain it's a good thing.

Felix answers a maintenance call when the lift "malfunctions" and nearly suffocates four people. Considering they were the braying-laugh-when-drunk sort, it would not have been a serious loss. Everything checks out fine, but soon two more people are dead. The visually challenged Mr. Fink presses the open button then steps through into an empty shaft, there's a short shriek, the sounds of a body hitting things on the way down, then a good solid thump. Hey, if a blind man falls down an elevator shaft and no one is around - does he make a sound? Anyway... ...pretty soon after this we are rewarded with the real reason to watch this movie, a decapitation. One of the security guards pokes his head into the open shaft, the doors close on his neck and his partner watches in horror as the lift decapitates a mannequin. (Ahem.)

After the prior events, you're going to be bored for about oh, forty minutes while Felix and Mieke run around learning the truth. It turns out that Mr. Chrome put an experimental control chip in the elevator, one which can reproduce even! (This is signified by it dripping gelatin.) Good old Felix climbs into the shaft and starts beating on the chip with a wrench; it responds by trying to smash him. Unattractive slut reporter woman comes to the rescue, dragging the wounded man out of harm's way. What happens next should leave you scratching your head, or whatever body part it causes to itch. Mr. Chrome shows up with a semiautomatic pistol, unloads an entire clip into the control panel, then turns around and enigmatically states, "It was very sick." (I'm never going to a hospital again.)

Our two protagonists decide to use the stairs on their way out...

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Elevators are airtight.
  • Kids like to play with toupees.
  • Blind people just carry canes as a fashion statement. They don't really use them.
  • Elevators make handy guillotines.
  • The standards for "hot" women are lower in Europe.
  • Kids love playing peek a boo with lifts.
  • Jazz music, raspberry syrup, and prozac don't mix.
  • Dead computers are buried, literally, under dirt.
  • They shoot sick elevators too.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 3 mins - Arggh, shut up!
  • 18 mins - It's one elevator out of three, why would you have to take the stairs?
  • 23 mins - Um, blind guy, the lift isn't there - it's just an open shaft. Maybe if you used that cane...
  • 28 mins - Head stuck in the elevator doors, not good!
  • 61 mins - Way to freak out Saskia.
  • 65 mins - A computer committed suicide?
  • 72 mins - Bad continuity, he started that sentence inside and finished outside?

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note thelift1.wav Mr. Ravenstein: "This is strange, but there are four people in the hospital who nearly suffocated in here. There has to be a reason for this. What do you think?
Felix: "I'll run tests on all the main electrical circuits. There may be something there."
Green Music Note thelift2.wav Mieke: "Something is going on here. No one gets beheaded on a lift."
Green Music Note thelift3.wav Mr. Ravenstein: "You're wearing black underwear!"
Green Music Note thelift4.wav Felix: "This lift does things it shouldn't."
Mieke: "I've done things I shouldn't."
Felix: "Nyu, but you're not a machine."

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Reply #9. Posted on August 21, 2000, 09:47:38 PM by Kelly
Y'know, cheesy as this movie is, ya gotta give it credit in the continuity department -- when the cop gets decapitated and his head falls down the elevator shaft, they have a very brief shot of it landing on the blind guy who fell down the shaft previously.  (The blind guy WAS before the cop, wasn't he??  God, it's been a helluva long time since I saw this flick!!  I'd even forgotten about the blind guy -- that's how long it's been...)  Not many cheap, cheesy movies would even bother to remember that.  Most would have his head go splat on the concrete floor...think about it...and, for god's sake...USE THE STAIRS!!  Hyuk!
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Reply #10. Posted on September 28, 2000, 08:06:08 PM by Chaostar
Saying than Europeans have lower standard for woman shows signs of a very disturbed -to say the least- mind. Apart from that, it would interest you to know that this film won the 1st award at Avoriaz Film Festival (at that time it was THE event for horror buffs)/ President of the jury was John Carpenter.
The film is good, the dubbing is bad (but I guess that Warner Bros. -who bought the rights of the films- wouldn't have dubbed the film if you guys weren't so b***hy about subtitles) and the music, written by the director is really effective.
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Reply #11. Posted on October 06, 2000, 03:26:13 PM by David
Hi there, Well as for you who have seen this movie, you know by now it's pretty...erm...bad, to put it mildly =)

one thing that strikes me as impossible is when the blind guy fals in the shaft, he's "looking" into the shaft...when he falls, he has managed somehow...and I know of no-one being THAT fast, to turn around well within 0.75 second and grab hold of the ledge....specialy taken the age of the blindman...

my motto normaly is " If it ain't much, it ain't Dutch" but I guess this movie is the exception to the rule =)
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Reply #12. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Alex
It's been a while since I last saw "De Lift" (original title).  Though this movie sucks now, it scared the hell out of me when I was 6 or 7 years old.
Saying that European people have less taste is one big lie.  It's just Dutch movies that suck.  Belgian movies are way better, look at titles such as "Daens" and "Ad Fundum".  Dutch readers will surely admit that these are of high quality.
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Reply #13. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Jari
The remake of this movie has been released in Holland just a month ago. People do not want to see it (wonder why, it is considered wate of money.
Dick Maas is directing the flick again) With: Michael Ironside (tv series "V"; Starship Troopers;Top Gun;Perfect Storm), James Marshall, Eric Thal, Naomi Watts.
One plus to the original: this one is in English, no dubbing needed!
Does this short content sound familiar: When the express elevators in the Millennium Building, one of New York's most famous landmarks (no relation to any recent events), 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 thirst is only met by it's unpredictability. An enemy that is determined to fight off any intruder looking for the dark secret that lurks inside the belly of the building. An enemy that has to be feared. An enemy that has to be taken .......DOWN (thanks to IMDb).

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Reply #14. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Nomis Zeepkop
When "De lift" was made, the cost of it was only 1,000,000 guilders and that wasn't a lot, even in those days. But the movie was quite a big hit. Thanks to "De lift", Dick Maas produced other movies like the Flodder-series and "Amsterdamned", the movie about the serial killer in the canals of Amsterdam. In a sort of way, "de Lift" was the beginning of a new movie era in the Netherlands.
Today, many Dutch people also agree that "De lift" is completely outdated, but it was quite a break-through for a small country. A Dutch movie that was a success, that was something new. I wish we produced more of these movies, but... we rather keep up our reputation as a marketing land... Too bad, I like movies...
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Reply #15. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Nomis (again)
Oh Dave, btw, it was "Data liften" (the elevator factory Felix worked for)
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Reply #16. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Sjoerd
Dutch movies suck...exception of this rule is Karakter (character), Lek(Snitch?) and Schatjes(Darlins?) and probably a few other boring -but technically sound- drama`s.
New dutch movies will be made very afraid!

btw..I am looking for The Refrigerator..mail me if you understand my quest ;)
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