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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 #25. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Ron
Does anybody know what actors (?) did the dubbing?? Tha police lieutenent sounds like Michael Ansara, while the repairman sounds like Tom Tryon.Any input??

Other than that, the sex in the elevator (while another couple was present) scene was a bit out of the ordinary, at least for us in the States. Much was left unresolved at the end of the movie, but I guess we have to form our own conclusions, if there is nothing better to occupy our thoughts.
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Reply #26. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Felix Adelar
My obsession with this film began several years ago when I stumbled upon a brief summary of it in Leonard Maltin's movie guide. I live in the US so finding a copy was not easy since our dubbed version on the old Media label has been OOP for many years now. But I have always hated elevators and so I had to get a copy. Finally, I did and have watched the film over and over several times. I like it and the idea horrifies me. People laugh at the idea but think about. Elevators are devices of evil. A box moving up and down in the darkness on a flimsy steel track. Anyways, I'm a big movie buff and I could tell the film was sufffering on pan & scan VHS so I ordered a copy of the DVD from the Netherlands (the only place it is now available) and it is in anamorphic widescreen with a great picture. It is in the original Dutch language and seeing this I now can tell that alot of the dialogue that seems cheesy dubbed was actually well done by the Dutch actors. The movie could have been a lot better but I like the idea too much and have followed this movie down the road long enough to be able to ignore that. It still taps into the atmosphere of my subconcious nightmares just a bit much for comfort. And that is what makes this movie work. I am also looking for the movie Flodder (also a Dick Maas film starring Huub Stapel) with English subtitles or dubbed. If anyone can help, I'd appreciate it. Thanks.  
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Reply #27. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Kilian
De Lift is a true classic. I've seen both the original and the dubbed version and I must say that they pretty much f**ked up with the voice acting. Ofcourse, when is it ever good? :P
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Reply #28. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Feij„o
This movie rocks. It was amazing that I went to vhs rental and saw two movies side-by-side, this one and the Refrigerator. I asked for the owner to sell those two for me but they didn't want anyway, he said they were classics. I didn't argue but got them. He was right. And best of all is to see the Lift spoken in english with legends in portuguese.
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Reply #29. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Guilherme Oliveira
This film was a classic one that i used to watch on a copied tape of my friend's mother video library. At the time i couldn't realise that the film was in deutch. I was a seven year old child taking seriously the fact that elavators could be dangerous. Now I want to watch it again but i can't find a subtitle for it. Portuguese, spanish, italian, english serves to me. But not deuth, i don't know anything about that.  
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Reply #30. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Pieter de Wolf
Dude...fell off my chair and almost died laughing when I discovered De Lift while scrolling through this list. I remember talking about this flick for days when I'd seen it for the first time as a kid. Too bad there aren't any oversized reptiles, insects or amphibians in this one, but it sure beats the hell out of the vast majority of Dutch films and I can actually live with the fact that it's broadcasted on TV at least twice a year.

btw, am I the only one that would like to see Katja Schuurman or Chantal Janzen being eaten by some giant latex critter?;)

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Reply #31. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Nasty Nate
Pretty bad movie, but there is one way to make it a little enjoyable.  Get a good stock of beer and sit down with some friends.  Everytime a character says the word "lift" everyone shouts the word out and drinks.  Much better movie this way.
Re: The Lift
Reply #32. Posted on August 26, 2008, 05:27:34 PM by InformationGeek
First of all, my reaction upon discovering this review was, 'huh?'  Second, "Wait a minute!  A killer elevator movie?"  Third, "I check this out!!"  Overall, another crappy movie and I must say that decapitation reminds me of the Last Crusade for some reason.  For an R film, that wasn't really that graphic, just... weird...
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