There is a serial killer at bay in Amsterdam's canal network and the race is on to stop him before mass hysteria grips the nation. Dick Maas's cult slasher movie starts as it means to go on when the predator leaves the protective habitat of the dark canal to claim his first victim before dragging her back into a watery grave. The mayor is desperate for an end to the mayhem as it becomes clear that the killer could strike at any time, and Detective Eric Visser is given the task of finding the murderer. Amsterdamned became a cult thriller classic on its original release and has stood the test of time with its great action sequences, including an unforgettable speedboat chase along the city's narrow canals, evidence of the high production values and the masterful, clever and dark witty direction of Dick Mass.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Dutch ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, Trailer(s), Uncut, SYNOPSIS: ***ATTENTION***Dutch audio with English subtitles or English dubbed audio***When the brutally mutilated body of a hooker is discovered suspended from a bridge in the heart of Amsterdam's popular tourist district the city's police fear the worst. Within days further murders confirm their suspicions - a serial killer is on the loose and is using the vast network of canals to traverse the city before dragging unsuspecting victims to their watery graves and escaping detection by hiding in the darkness beneath the surface. Fearing an outbreak of mass hysteria and a serious blow to the tourist trade should the news break to the public, the mayor demands swift action from the authorities. The police respond by assigning their best man, Detective Visser (Hube Stapel), to the case. Figuring the killer must be someone with scuba diving experience, Visser begins his investigation at the city's principal sub-aqua club where he meets and befriends an attractive woman diver, Laura (Monique van de Ven), and her therapist, who was also once a diving enthusiast. Meanwhile, as the body count begins to rise, Visser's adolescent daughter and her school friend have unwisely decided to try and track down the killer themselves. ...Amsterdamned (1988) ( Amster damned )