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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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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

Sets are reused from Troll (1986). 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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Version of Crawlspace (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Lovers Tonight
Music by Pino Donaggio
Lyrics by David Schmoeller
© 1986 Alband Music
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Kinski as a crazy killer (just for a change).
14 September 2017 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

From director David Schmoeller, who gave us the enjoyably offbeat slasher Tourist Trap, Crawlspace is an equally bizarre horror starring the inimitable Klaus Kinski as Karl Gunther, a mentally unhinged landlord who has developed an addiction to killing, satisfying his urges by luring his tenants into his deadly, booby trapped apartment. When he's not in a murdering mood, Gunther can be found crawling through the air ducts of his building to spy on the women who live there, writing about killing in his diary, playing Russian roulette, or wearing Nazi regalia while watching footage of Hitler (Gunther's father was a Nazi surgeon).

For an '80s horror film, Crawlspace is fairly light on the gore and scares, but with its star in full on demented mode, the film cannot fail to entertain: whether it be carefully preparing a chair with a spring-loaded spike in the seat (nasty!), crushing rats with his bare hands, travelling at speed through the air ducts on a wheeled toboggan, smearing his face with make-up, or simply chatting to the tongue-less woman that he keeps caged in his room, Kinski's crazed performance is a delight to behold.

6.5 out of 10, rounded up to 7 for IMDb.


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