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Crawlspace (1972)


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  • Actors: Arthur Kennedy, Tom Happer
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Wild Eye Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2007
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WMEAYI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,512 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

From the director of Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. This ultra-rare and creepy 1972 made-for-TV tale is a real terror treat. Predating the now classic Bad Ronald (1974) by two years, Crawlspace features a middle-aged couple discovering a young homeless man living in their basement. Their initial fear turns to joy when he proves to be helpful around the house and like the son they never had. But this newfound happiness soon turns to sheer horror when the young man s violent past and appetite to kill surface!

About the Actor

Arthur Kennedy was one of the most recognizable character actors on the silver screen, starting in the 1940s until his death in 1990. After spending his younger years on stage in various prestige projects, including Broadway, and slowly made his mark as one of the most emloyed character and supporting actors in Hollywood. Kennedy made the jump to features from TV full time with his role in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and would appear in countless domestic and international productions for the next 28 years. Horror, sci-fi and crime film fans remeber Kennedy for his parts in various exploitation, crime and horror films, including: Fantastic Voyage (1966), Cauldron of Death (1973), The Tempter (1974), Emmanuelle on Taboo Island (1976), and most notable Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974).

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By George R. Reis on October 12, 2007
CRAWLSPACE (1972) is something of a hidden gem and I'm glad it's finally on DVD. Nice performances by all (especially Arthur Kennedy of LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE fame) in a creepy little made-for-TV thriller which shows what happens when you let strangers in your house! If you liked BAD RONALD, don't miss this one! The director also did DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK (1973).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By IMA4N6GAL on March 14, 2008
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I watched this movie as a kid and it haunted me for years. So, for the past 10 years or so I have been looking for it, but I could never recall the title or who was in it. However, I started searching on IMDB.com with some keywords and lo and behold I found it! Much to my surprise it had just been released and I had to get it.

Indeed the quality of it is not great, but to be expected for a 70's TV movie. Also, it wasn't as frightening as my memories had held, but nonetheless was still great to watch. Worth watching, especially if you saw it when it was on TV way back then.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Norberg on February 23, 2008
This was loaned to me by a friend--mostly because my friend knew I liked Teresa Wright. I had never heard of the film before, so it was a "pleasant" surprise.

The movie is truly bizarre as it starts out like a nice little drama (complete with your pretty little music) and turns into something a lot more sinister. It is very difficult to review this movie without giving away half the plot, so let's just say that the acting is good, and the plot is surprising (if somewhat gruesome).

The picture quality is not the best, but this was a TV movie back when TV was not Hi-def! This film is cheesy, short, suspenseful and worth your couch time!

P.S. Teresa Wright is getting old, but she is still as charming as ever--and the voice hasn't changed at all. I just love her!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Veritas Veritatis on November 25, 2008
"Crawlspace" is a wonderful film.

It is about an aging childless married couple
living in a rural setting on the outskirts
of a small town who befriend a troubled
transient homeless young man
whom they "allow" to live in a crawl-space
in their basement with the intension
of helping him.

Despite their best efforts and in part due
to the bad behavior of other locals,
the young man is unable to overcome
his psychological problems which appear
to have their root in past betrayal
and abandonment.

This is not a terror/horror movie,
properly speaking.
It is more like a tragedy.

It illuminates the potential of charity to redeem
and the destructive unintended consequences
of the lack of charity.

"Crawlspace" is not a dry psychological study.
It is very entertaining and does have
some tense and scary moments.
The acting and cinematography are very good.
I recommend it.
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