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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.

Director:

David Schmoeller
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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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You're just inches away from a fate worse than DEATH! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

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Trivia

The protagonist was an MIA survivor of the Vietnam war in the first draft of the script. 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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Connections

Featured in Tales from the Crawlspace with John Vulich (2013) See more »

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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One Of My Personal Cult Favorites
28 June 2000 | by mkucherovSee all my reviews

Klaus Kinski was one of the great underrated actors of our time. Perhaps because he was too wild, uncompromising and tragically self-destructive to play the Hollywood game. Sure, CRAWLSPACE is low-budget, and he did it for quick cash. But his performance as the tortured, enigmatic, and totally twisted Dr. Gunther corruscates with understated brilliance.

Scenes from this film will always stay with me: Kinski playing Russian roulette with himself after he kills each victim and announcing "So be it!" when fate spares him and he can keep on killing. Kinski's deadpan voiceover as he writes his demented philosophical musings into his madman's diary. Kinski's almost touching monologues to the woman who's tongue he has cut out and whom he keeps in a cage to ward off loneliness. Kinski holding his hand over the gas burner as he waits for a prospective tenant/victim to take the apartment. Kinksi with lipstick and makeup in full SS drag, saluting "Heil Gunter!"

I could go on, but then again I'm a diehard Kinski fan. Even though this movie is low-budget, I think it is well-written, well-acted, and successful on many levels. It's one of my sentimental favorites, which I have seen more than once. Deserves to be redone!!!


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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