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YMMV / De Lift

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  • Awesome Music: The atmospheric, Carpenter-esque synth score, composed and performed by Dick Maas himself. Here's the main theme.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The night watchman's death bears an eerie resemblance to that of Hitoshi Nikaidoh twenty years later.
  • Narm:
    • For some viewers, the premise of an artificially intelligent, homicidal elevator is a bit too outlandish to be taken seriously. For others, it's straight-up Paranoia Fuel.
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    • The tagline for the foreign releases: "Take the stairs... Take the stairs... For God's sake, take the stairs!"
  • Narm Charm: While the core premise is admittedly goofy, it's actually a highly competent, well-made and genuinely eerie horror movie, with plenty of atmosphere and interesting touches of Black Comedy.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The idea that an everyday convenience like the titular elevator could suddenly come to life as murderous weaponry.
  • The Scrappy: Saskia is disliked for irrationally jumping to the (wrong) conclusion that Felix is cheating on her and then divorcing him without ever giving him a chance to explain what's really going on.
  • Special Effects Failure: The security guard's severed head is a very fake-looking rubber prop.


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