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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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David Schmoeller
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Klaus Kinski ... Karl Gunther
Talia Balsam ... Lori Bancroft
Barbara Whinnery ... Harriet Watkins
Carole Francis ... Jessica Marlow (as Carol Francis)
Tane McClure ... Sophie Fisher (as Tané)
Sally Brown ... Martha White
Jack Heller ... Alfred Lassiter (as Jack Hiller)
Abbott Alexander ... Hank Storm (as David Abbott)
Kenneth Robert Shippy ... 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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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crawlspace See more »

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Production Co:

Empire Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

David Schmoeller later made a short film about his problems with Klaus Kinski called Please Kill Mr. Kinski (1999). See more »

Goofs

When Josef Steiner knocks at Gunther's door, Gunther is reading while eating candy from an open box on the end table. When he lets Steiner in, the box is now closed. 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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Alternate Versions

The movie had a few scenes trimmed for its original UK video release:
  • The first shot of Martha's dismembered tongue.
  • A shot of Dr. Guenther cutting into his finger, then wiping the blood onto a bullet that has 'Guenther' engraved into it.
  • All scenes that show Tane's character wearing a bra that has been cut with scissors, including a whole scene of dialogue between her and Hank.
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Kinski the Nazi
3 December 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Crawlspace (1986)

** (out of 4)

Klaus Kinski plays the son of a Nazi who rents out his apartment rooms to pretty women so that he can spy on them and then kill them. This could have been a rather interesting film but absolutely nothing happens here. I mean zero, zilch, absolutely nothing. I'm really not sure what the point of the film was, although it's clear the director was trying to get into the mind of a killer yet we never know what the hell Kinski is thinking or why he's doing what he is. Kinski is quite amusing in this role but it's a wasted opportunity.


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