Down is a 2001 horror film about a killer elevator, starring James Marshall and Naomi Watts. The film is also known as The Shaft, which is the name used for the United States DVD release. The film is a remake of the 1983 Dutch film De Lift (The Elevator), which was also directed by Maas.
Watts plays the role of pushy journalist Jennifer Evans, and Marshall is Mark, an elevator repairman and former Marine. Directed by Dick Maas, the movie was filmed in the Netherlands as well as New York and the District of Columbia.
The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2001, but was not released on video in the United States until two years later.
Produced before the September 11, 2001, attacks, the film makes several references to the possibility of terrorists attacking New York City.
When several people die unexpectedly in an express elevator in a New York City landmark called the Millennium Building, everyone, at first, thinks it is a technical problem. But when repairmen repeatedly cannot find any problems with the elevator, it is clear that something else is at work.
A tabloid investigative journalist (Naomi Watts) and an elevator mechanic (James Marshall) seek to get to the