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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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

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

Goofs

Towards the end when Dr. Gunther chases Lori in the air duct, a fishing line pulling the trolley is visible. 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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Expected a lot, but got little.
20 May 2008 | by Nightman85See 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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