Crawlspace 1986 R CC

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Gunther seems like a conscientious landlord who looks out for his female tenants. What they don't know is that he has a crawlspace from where he watches their every intimate move and plans their murders.

Starring:
Klaus Kinski, Talia Balsam
Runtime:
1 hour 21 minutes

Crawlspace

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Horror
Director David Schmoeller
Starring Klaus Kinski, Talia Balsam
Supporting actors Barbara Whinnery, Carole Francis, Tane McClure, Sally Brown, Jack Heller, David Abbott, Kenneth Robert Shippy, David Schmoeller
Studio MGM
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By man_invisible on April 11, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
In every review I've seen of this movie (yes, all TWO of them), it's been compared to "Peeping Tom," which I haven't seen, so I'll be at a slight disadvantage while I review "Crawlspace." The plot has Klaus Kinski (the German actor you might remember from the 1979 remake of "Nosferatu")--looking like Beethoven playing Dracula--as a creepy landlord who only rents apartments out to beautiful women...then systematically kills them. It turns out his father was a Nazi scientist who experimented on Jews during World War II, and the genes begin to show after a pretty college student (Talia Balsam, daughter of Martin?) shows up at the complex.
"Crawlspace" is actually quite impressive given its low budget. Kinski--who obviously did this movie for the paycheck--is the central driving force, as his murdering, makeup-smearing, goose-stepping Nazi keeps things intensely interesting. Unfortunately, the rest of the cast is dense and undefined, and serve only as fodder for the horrible deaths that start up in the last act. If the student/Nazi relationship had been done in more detail, this could have been an interesting take on Stephen King's "Apt Pupil," but alas it doesn't work. But so seldom is the film dull--it's paced quickly and only runs 80 minutes--that you probably won't mind its lack of depth.
Fans of genre horror will most likely appreciate "Crawlspace" more than a casual moviegoer.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Santeria on January 27, 2005
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The other reviews have given away enough of this film.

Just watch it. Kinski has a malevolence that few can match, and he delivers in spades.

When he is finally noticed, the method he uses to despatch an investigator will likely make you check chairs forever after.

It's grotesque, escapist horror delivered by a skilled performer, and an absolutely brilliant villain of the screen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By trebe TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 2, 2012
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Klaus Kinski (1926-91) plays a demented landlord with perverted intentions in Crawlspace (1986), a creepy suspense thriller with ample potential that unfortunately, isn't quite fully realized. While not quite delivering in the scares and gore department, Kinski's performance makes for what is still an entertaining watch.

While working in a hospital in Argentina, physician Karl Gunther (Kinski) had many patients that mysteriously died. Evil runs in the family, as Gunther's father was executed as a war criminal, for his role in the torture of prisoners in Nazi concentration camps. Now the landlord of an apartment building in America, the demented Gunther keeps a woman prisoner in the attic, and also spies on his female tenants, by crawling through the ventilation ducts, and peeping into their rooms through the air register grill.

After Gunther eliminates a tenant who wanders where she should not have, college student Lori Bancroft (Talia Balsam) becomes the building's newest resident. Addicted to killing, Gunter strikes when the opportunity presents itself, or whenever necessary. After each murder, Gunther plays a game of Russian roulette, and upon surviving, he accepts that his fate is to continue to kill.

Soon, it is time for Lori to become his next victim, but unlike before, Gunther does not hide his identity. Unfortunately, although there are a couple of nice surprises on the way to the finish, the way things play out is a bit underwhelming, with Lori "terrorized" by a few docile and disinterested rats, and fleeing at a less than full speed, most of the time.

The attempts to keep things atmospheric and scary, are somewhat successful.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Fleishman on June 23, 2002
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Box office favorite and perennial villian KLAUS KINSKI stars in this horrifying and gruesome thriller as a crazed maniac who is obsessed with traping young women and then slowly torturing them to death.
Karl Guenther (KINSKI) is a conscientious landlord who looks out for his young and attractive tenants. Jessica, the rising young soap opera star, Harriet, a sensuous and vivacious secretary and Sophie, an accomplished pianist who enjoys wild fantasy sex with her boyfriend...all live in Karl's well kept apartments. The only discord is the "tap, tap, tap" sound at night from the crawlspace above their rooms. Karl tells them it's rats, but in reality it is Karl spying on them. One by one the tenants become his victims...each one put to a gruesome test. Only one tenant remains to disclose the diabolical Karl and she enters the crawlspace-she is alone with a madman capable of anything!
Enter CRAWLSPACE...and enter a new dimension of terror!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Binky Chottorrhśhia on September 27, 2014
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Before Hannibal Lecter, there was Dr. Kari Gunther (Klaus Kinski—first time I've seen him in an English speaking role and he does great!) , a sophisticated man who found inspiration in the diaries of his Nazi father. He has a "special" relationship with death, one which he is fascinated with and documents and studies methodically. One by one, he picks off the female residents of the apartment building he runs, as well as their male visitors. Our first glimpse at the film is as one doomed tenant enters his sanctum, discovering a dank chamber filled with torture equipment, live rats, Nazi memorabilia and a woman in a tiny cage who cannot talk because, Guther explains, stepping out of the shadows, he has cut her tongue out.
You get the picture.
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