De Lift (The Lift) (Goin' Up) (1983)




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Black humor dominates in this macabre story about a murderously animated elevator and its repairman Felix (Huub Stapel) and Felix's voluntary new assistant Mieke (Willeke van Ammelrooy), a reporter for a tabloid paper. When the elevator decapitates a security guard and tries to suffocate some party-goers, it becomes obvious that it needs more than a 60,000-mile check-up. After Felix narrows down the possibilities to some experiments his company is doing with microchips, he is coincidentally suspended from his job -- indicating that the elevator is not acting alone. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi


Huub Stapel
as Felix Adelaar
Willeke van Ammelrooy
as Mieke de Beer
Josine van Dalsum
as Saskia Adelaar
Ab Abspoel
as Maintenance Manager
Aat Ceelen
as Detective
Hans Dagelet
as Colleague Technician
Pieter Lutz
as Man in Lift
Peer Mascini
as Professor
Onno Molenkamp
as Blind Man
Gerard Thoolen
as Watchman #1
Serge-Henri Valcke
as Psychiatrist
Hans Veerman
as Rising Sun Researcher
Piet Roemer
as Manager
Siem Vroom
as Police Inspector
Liz Snoyink
as Woman in Lift
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Critic Reviews for De Lift (The Lift) (Goin' Up)

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Played more for a black comedy than for a corporate greed or menace film.

Mar 3, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Maas gives us a whole bunch of family strife and then doesn't resolve it. The elevator is far more important to him so when that business is done, so is the movie.

Oct 4, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for De Lift (The Lift) (Goin' Up)

The horror genre is something I pick on and for good reasons. With so many stupid killers and so many possibilities for it to go over the top and be bad. Unlike most of the horror movies I'v seen, this turned better than expected. De Lift is about an elevator with smart microchip going on a rampage to kill people. The is a mix bag of good and bad. At times you get some really atmosphere which is ruined when you hear pointless dialogue. Aside from pointless dialogue, you have death scenes that are unintentionally funny and diminished whatever horror aspect the movie (not really) could have had. It also doesn't help when your Dutch DVD box tagline is "Take the stairs, take the stairs, for god's sake please take the stairs". Seriously, these characters should have of just put an out of order sign and there, movie end. It's a shamed when a box points out a plot hole. Though it does have some good characters and great scenes written in. Unfortunately what kills the movie is that it never builds tension, can't blame them, how would anyone build tension into a HORROR MOVIE WITH A KILLER ELEVATOR. The acting is standard, unfortunately not bad to laugh. There's a lot footage, though I read there's many versions of De Lift so I can't be too sure about the other versions having tons of stock footage. The effects are pretty bad due to low budgets and the concept alone has been outdated since 1885. Yet despite those flaws, the direction is actually pretty good and I'm surprised it turned out better than expected. This seriously could have been a lot worse, but at least there was effort not to make this bizarre horror film dull. De Lift might not be your ideal horror film, but it's not often you see a horror movie that feature a killer elevator. While it's certainly not a good horror film, it's certainly better than some of the horror movies I've and that's saying a lot.

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