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The Shaft

The elevators of a skyscraper start to malfunction and kill people.
Horror for Beginners

 

United States
Netherlands
2001
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Catastrophes: 
Fire
6
Hits the high!
6
5.04
7.04
6
3
4
2
Performances
Effects
Plot
This is a remake of the 1983 Dutch film De Lift, which was written and directed by Dick Maas, who also wrote and directed this. Can’t blame him for remaking his own stuff; his story’s got quite the hook. In a nutshell, it’s about a multifunctional skyscraper potentially possessed with 73 elevators doing the killing. The effects look fake, but, then again, they’re terribly ambitious.
Most characters we get to know are short-lived, but they are colorful, nonetheless. Their deaths are all interesting. Who knew elevators could kill so many ways? Some of the gore is highly credible. They take a while to show up, in most cases, but Naomi Watts, Michael Ironside, Ron Perlman, and James Marshall, to name a few, play pivotal roles. Not a bad cast for a slasher flick!
This film has an unprecedented cadence and energy. You sign up for one thing and get a totally different one. I lack the words to describe how fricking apeshit this thing gets every time someone meets their maker. But a movie like this one would be nothing without a reporter’s investigation, which really acts as a backbone. If you haven’t seen this, what are you waiting for?
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