The Lift (1983) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Dick Maas
Starring: Huub Stapel, Willeke van Ammelrooy, Josine van Dalsum
Rated: R/Region: O/1:66/1080p/Number of disc: 2
Available From Blue Underground
There is something very wrong with the elevator in a stylish office high-rise. The passengers never end up on the floor of their choice. They end up dead! When Felix, an inquisitive repairman, investigates the faulty deathtrap, he discovers that something other than malfunctioning machinery is to blame. Some dark, distorted power has gained control of the elevator for its own evil design. After his horrifying discovery is given the shaft by the authorities, he joins a nosy female journalist to battle the unholy force inside THE LIFT!
Watch out, everybody! We have a killer elevator on our hands here with the 1983 Dick Maas film, The Lift. Now, why is this elevator apparently causing death and destruction? Well, you’ll have to watch this one to see but let’s just say the movie does take its time getting to that point if we ever truly get to that point. Along the way, we have a man whose job is to repair these things and he’s going to team up with a woman despite his wife’s rejection of the whole idea to try to figure out just why people are losing their heads and falling down to their doom inside this thing. I’ll admit I like the whole idea of a killer elevator and my only issue heading in was how they were going to turn this into a full film. The answer to that is with an investigation from our main characters of just what is up. Basically, we have some feet dragging but I expected it really.
We have at least one good bloody moment here in this one that involves someone’s head that is stuck in an elevator door. We have to see the elevator do some rather dastardly things from time to time and I have fun with it all in all. I do wish the pace was better and we have a letter more blood. Heck, I kind of wish the overall film made sense at the end but none the less I got what I expect and therefore I am not disappointed. The film looks great in HD and comes with a whole list of extras that I also had some fun with. Some might think this is a bit over the top and it is, but between this and the American remake, this one is actually the more solid of the two if you can believe that.
– Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Dick Maas and Editor Hans van Dongen
– Going Up Interview with Star Huub Stapel
– “Long Distance” Short Film by Dick Maas (2003, 4 Minutes)
– Dutch Trailer
– U.S. Trailer
– Poster & Still Gallery
– BONUS Collectable Booklet with new essay by writer and filmmaker Chris Alexander
Quality of Transfer: 93%