- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
YMMV / De Lift