“Down” finds plucky reporter Naomi Watts covering reports of a killer elevator at New York City’s Millennium Building. Stealing a ton of the beats from “The Lift”, the American version gets to play with better cinematography and newer horror tweaks. After watching both films back-to-back, the Dutch film feels closer to a Spielberg creature movie of the 1970s. You get the proper sense of terror, as the elevator seems to stalk people.
Now, the elevator is more of a Freddy Krueger type. It toys with its victims and creates new situations to increase their terror. Plus, the romantic subplot feels almost like a parody at times. Due to the way it was staged and allowed to develop, it feels like a commentary on American horror cinema. I’ve been digging through the Dick Maas film library over the last two months. I like what the guy is laying down, but it feels too often like he’s trying to nail satire.
Satire is great, but there has to be a purpose to connect to audiences. Modern horror is lame? OK. Give us a reason to care about your critique. Weird how things just got meta there.
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