“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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RELEASE DATE: 10/31/17
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- Film Score - 90%90%
The Plot Thus Far
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 behaviour 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