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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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Complete credited cast:
... Karl Gunther
... Lori Bancroft
... Harriet Watkins
... Jessica Marlow (as Carol Francis)
... Sophie Fisher (as Tané)
... Martha White
... Alfred Lassiter (as Jack Hiller)
... Hank Storm (as David Abbott)
... 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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David Schmoeller later made a short film about his problems with Klaus Kinski called Please Kill Mr. Kinski (1999). See more »

Goofs

As the heroine is crawling through the ducts, you can tell is she being pulled (or pushed) by some device. She lifts her arms to swat away a rat, but her pace is not slowed. 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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References The Perfect Furlough (1958) See more »

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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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"I had her tongue cut out..."
19 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

Hey I love this one. I've always been a Klaus Kinski fan and he's so particularly demented and soft-spoken from the get-go in this one, that he can't possibly be the good guy. No one with a German accent is.

He plays the Dr. Karl Gunther, son of a Nazi war criminal, who's escaped to America from Argentina and becomes an apartment manager. It also turns out that many of his tenants mysteriously disappear while the building is under his supervision.

It seems the 'good' Doctor can't stop killing them and he sets up his murders by crawling around in the building's heater ducts and observing his victims before making his move. There's also a woman he holds captive in an animal cage up in the attic, who he keeps as company after he's cut out her tongue.

Then innocent Lori Bancroft (Talia Balsam) moves in and Kinski takes a lot of interest in her before going on one final murder spree towards the end.

Also notable for being filmed on the same apartment building set as TROLL (1986), with all the action taking place indoors and in the heater ducts. Don't look for a wide variety of locations here. It's a small film.

Like I said, I enjoyed it and would recommend it mainly for Kinski's performance, but don't expect any extras on the MGM DVD because they're aren't any.

7 out of 10


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