Film / Amsterdamned

Somewhere, somewhere in the black night
Shining eyes follow your stride...
— "Amsterdamned" by Lois Lane

Amsterdamned is a Dutch horror thriller movie from 1988 by Dick Maas (The Lift, Flodder).

The film is set in the eponymous (damned!) capital, where a Serial Killer wearing scuba gear is prowling in the city canals and uses them to get to his victims.

Amsterdam was damned by:

  • Eye Scream: "Her eyes were already fish food." There's also something wrong with one of the sailor victim's eye.
  • Facial Horror: When the killer's face is finally revealed, it's pretty fucked up.
  • Fan Disservice: The prostitute's naked, mutilated body.
  • Fight Scene: An underwater one, between John and the killer.
  • Friend to Psychos: Martin, though rather unknowingly.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: The killer's gear is black, and he steals a black speedboat, while John's gear is yellow, and Eric chases after the killer's boat with a yellow one.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Geeky Vermeer and Badass Eric, respectively.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: The killer committing suicide.
  • Gratuitous English: It's the Netherlands, so it's more of a given than normally.
  • Grimy Water: 1980s Amsterdam canals were far from the cleanest waterways, which makes hiding in them much easier.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: The main suspect lost his job when he attacked someone with a broken bottle in a drunken rage.
  • Groin Attack: The taxi driver getting bit, and the raft victim getting knifed.
  • Harpoon Gun: Vermeer gets shot in the arm with one, while Eric sustains a shot to the shoulder a bit later. The killer also commits suicide with one.
  • Hazardous Water: The killer operates from inside the Grachten and drags his victims inside before finishing them off.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Willy. He's even got round glasses and a bowtie, for crying out loud.
  • Hope Spot: The second environmentalist swims to shore and flags down a passing truck, but is dragged underwater before help can reach him.
  • Hostile Weather: It suddenly becomes stormy during the finale.
  • I Know Karate: "No reason to be afraid, I do judo."
  • Impending Doom P.O.V.: The opening shows a long shot of the killer emerging from the canal and spying on the people on the street.
  • Jerk Ass: The taxi driver, and the suspect.
  • Kid Detective: Anneke and Willy try finding the killer on their own. Thankfully, they fail.
  • Knife Nut: The killer likes his knifes almost as much as his harpoon.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Anneke. Though with a dad like that, it's hardly surprising.
  • Lock and Load Montage: The killer gets one.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: The killer wears a full-body neoprene suit and goggles.
  • Man Bites Man: The first victim deals with the taxi driver trying to force her to perform fellatio on him via biting.