The Shaft

  • 2001
  • Movie
  • R
  • Action, Disaster, Horror

An elevator starts killing passengers in this silly horror picture. Manhattan's 102-story Millennium Building is a magnet for businessmen and tourists, and technical experts Jeff (Eric Thal) and Mark (James Marshall) are baffled when the building's express elevator starts malfunctioning. The nervous Jeff doesn't reveal to Mark that his former partner had...read more

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An elevator starts killing passengers in this silly horror picture. Manhattan's 102-story Millennium Building is a magnet for businessmen and tourists, and

technical experts Jeff (Eric Thal) and Mark (James Marshall) are baffled when the building's express elevator starts malfunctioning. The nervous Jeff doesn't reveal to Mark that his former partner had a fatal run-in with the contraption. Tabloid pest Jennifer Evans (Naomi Watts) smells a scoop and gets Mark in trouble by printing his off-the-record comments, and before long her scandal-mongering reports are filled with the kind of gory details even she wouldn't dare concoct. The elevator decapitates a building worker, then suck ups a skateboarder from the basement and spits him out of the observation deck. Jennifer and Mark put aside their differences and research the elevator's history, learning that its chief engineer, mad scientist Gunther Steinberg (Michael Ironside), used to invent high-tech gizmos for the government. It turns out that he's continuing his failed military experiments with microchips derived from human tissues in his civilian assignments: The Millennium Building's elevators are powered by living organism technology. Worse, Steinberg is in cahoots with Mark's boss, Mr. Mitchell (Ron Perlman), who's responsible for transport inspections in the Millennium Building. It goes without saying that the police dismiss the notion that the elevator, leaving Jennifer and Mark to slip into the heavily guarded office tower and sabotage on the menacing machinery. This loopy hybrid combines elements of the disaster and horror genres, but shortchanges fans of both. Dutch writer-director Dick Maas manages to wring a few nerve-wracking scenes from his outlandish premise, recycled from his own 1983 film THE LIFT.

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  • Released: 2001
  • Rating: R
  • Review: An elevator starts killing passengers in this silly horror picture. Manhattan's 102-story Millennium Building is a magnet for businessmen and tourists, and technical experts Jeff (Eric Thal) and Mark (James Marshall) are baffled when the building's expre… (more)

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