A Double Dose Of Elevator Terror Is Heading Our Way – ‘The Lift’ And ‘Down’ Coming To Blu-ray

One of the best tag lines in horror history – “Take the stairs, take the stairs, for God’s sake – TAKE THE STAIRS!” Will never forget the first time I noticed the VHS copy of The Lift sitting on store shelves and to be honest – I don’t think I’ve seen it since then.  No better way to revisit it thought then with a kick ass Blu-ray release from Blue Underground!

Turns out that The Lift has an American remake that I didn’t even know about – titled Down – it’s hitting Blu-ray as well.  Got all the details for you so – let’s get into it.

First up  – The Lift.

A New Kind Of Horror Lurks In The Shadows Of The Lift…

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!

Huub Stapel (AMSTERDAMNED) and Willeke van Ammelrooy (ANTONIA’S LINE) star in this chilling cult classic from Writer/Director Dick Maas (SAINT), who also composed the score and later helmed the 2001 English-language remake, DOWN (aka THE SHAFT). Long unavailable on U.S. home video, Blue Underground now proudly presents THE LIFT in a brand-new 2K restoration from the original negative, approved by Dick Maas!

Special Features:

  • 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

 

As I mentioned – an American remake exists – behold the details for Down.

You May Want to Take the Stairs…

When the express elevators in New York City’s 102-story Millennium Building start to malfunction, elevator mechanics Mark (James Marshall of TWIN PEAKS) and Jeff (Eric Thal of THE PUPPET MASTERS) are sent to find the cause. After a series of gruesome and deadly accidents occur, Mark joins forces with spunky reporter Jennifer (Naomi Watts of THE RING), who’s on the hunt for a juicy story. As the death toll rises and the building is sealed off amid claims of terrorism, Mark and Jennifer attempt to unravel the horrifying secret behind the mysterious behavior of the bloodthirsty lift before it takes them – and the entire city – DOWN!

Michael Ironside (SCANNERS), Edward Herrmann (THE LOST BOYS), Dan Hedaya (COMMANDO), and Ron Perlman (HELLBOY) co-star in this big-budget remake of THE LIFT helmed by original Writer/Director Dick Maas
(AMSTERDAMNED). Previously released on home video in a cropped full-frame transfer as THE SHAFT, Blue Underground is now proud to present DOWN in a brand-new widescreen 2K restoration from the original negative, approved by Dick Maas!

Cast: James Marshall, Naomi Watts, Eric Thal, Michael Ironside, Edward Herrmann, Dan Hedaya, Ron Perlman

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Dick Maas and Stunt Coordinator Willem de Beukelaer
  • The Making Of DOWN
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage [Blu-ray Exclusive]
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Teaser Trailers
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • BONUS Collectable Booklet with new essay by author Michael Gingold

Both must own discs hit on Oct. 10th so circle the date and get ready for the ride of your life.

Dave Dreher
Co-Founder / Lead News Reporter at Gruesome Magazine
Dave is co-founder and lead news reporter for Gruesome. Dave has built his resume working for Diabolique Magazine, The Horror Channel, Horrornews.net, House of Horrors and Creature Corner. He has worked with Tom Savini on his official site since 1997 and is also co-host of the popular podcast Horror News Radio.