De Lift | The Lift

Netherlands 1983 – Director & Screenplay: Dick Maas – Cinematography: Marc Felperlaan – Music: Dick Maas – Starring: Huub Stapel, Willeke van Ammelrooy, Josine van Dalsum u.a. – 95 minutes

“De Lift”, the first major film by Dick Maas, is in many ways related to the early work of Steven Spielberg. The story of a murderous elevator is about the subjective fear (see “Jaws”) of machines (see “Duel”) and is an extremely effective horror film with very simple means.

A high-rise building on the outskirts of the big city: the air conditioning in a stuck elevator fails. Four people narrowly escape suffocation. The elevator mechanic Felix Adelaar is assigned to get to the bottom of the cause of the defect. Before he and the journalist Mieke de Beer get to the bottom of the mystery of the murderous elevator, several people have to die in a gruesome way.

This feature film debut by Dick Maas won the Golden Calf for Best Director in 1983. In 2001, Maas made the English-language remake “Down” starring James Marshall and Naomi Watts.

Dick Maas



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