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

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Killerhaus See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Empire Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director David Schmoeller and producer Roberto Bessi wanted to fire Kinski, due to his impossible behavior on set, but were stopped from doing so by Empire Pictures, since Kinski's name would attract viewers. 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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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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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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Another great horror flick you may have somehow missed in the 80's...
3 May 2004 | by jay-bethkeSee all my reviews

Klaus Kinski's performance is, as usual, well beyond the expectations of the film (and, as always, in another world beyond the accompanying cast). But that isn't to say the notion of a creepy ex-Nazi landlord crawling around in the ceiling and spying on and killing pretty college girls isn't a good one for horror ...just that if somebody else had tried to pull it off, it would never have been so much fun. Perhaps part of the problem with this movie getting the attention of horror fans (none of those I know had seen Crawlspace before I recommended it) has to do with marketing. The box gives it the appearance of something more akin to drama or even mystery. If the designers had done something so simple as put Kinski on the front cover, dressed in his Nazi costume, applying lipstick to those big lips of his, this movie would have received a lot more attention.


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