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Crawlspace (1986)

A man who runs an apartment house for women is the demented son of a Nazi surgeon who has the house equipped with secret passageways, hidden rooms and torture and murder devices.

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In 1986, director David Schmoeller worked with notoriously eccentric and tantrum-prone actor Klaus Kinski on horror triller Crawlspace. Now, Schmoeller talks about this shoot and how it almost ended with crew lynching the actor.

Director: David Schmoeller
Stars: Klaus Kinski, David Schmoeller
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Cast

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Harriet Watkins
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Jessica Marlow (as Carol Francis)
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Sophie Fisher (as Tané)
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Martha White
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Alfred Lassiter (as Jack Hiller)
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Hank Storm
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Josef Steiner
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A man who runs an apartment house for women is the demented son of a Nazi surgeon who has the house equipped with secret passageways, hidden rooms and torture and murder devices. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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nazi | voyeur | 1980s | bad guy | villain | See All (37) »

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He seduces them in his mind and traps them in his crawlspace. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Release Date:

21 May 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Killerhaus  »

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(Ryder Sound Services)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Schmoeller, Kinski started six fistfights during the first three days of filming. See more »

Goofs

Hank's last name is given as Storm in the credits, but twice in the movie he is called Hank Peterson. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line; after each failed attempt to kill himself by playing Russian Roulette]
Doctor Karl Gunther: So be it.
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Soundtracks

If I Had Enough Money, I'd Buy Me a Man
Music by Pino Donaggio
Lyrics by David Schmoeller
© 1986 Alband Music
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Expected a lot, but got little.
20 May 2008 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

Crazy old landlord, and former Nazi, preys upon the lady tenants of his building via a system of passages.

Being directed by David Schmoeller (maker of 1979's excellent Tourist Trap) I expected a better-than-average horror film and was sadly disappointed. While Crawlspace has its moments of creepiness, it doesn't possess hardly any of the tension or suspense that one would hope for. It basically becomes a run of mill killer-psycho movie with little imagination.

However, the film is not a complete waste. Klaus Kinski does make for a decent villain, who is one very sick and twisted character. Kinski fans will likely enjoy this movie more than most viewers.

Over all, an OK effort that could have been much better.

** out of ****


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