Crawlspace (1986)




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A homicidal maniac doctor specializes in murder and owns a peaceful boarding house for lovely aspiring actresses. They feel safe and comfortable there. Little do they know, the good-doctor is getting his jollies by crawling through narrow spaces between the walls peeking at them through the heating vents. Sometimes he likes to shake the women up by making scary noises in the vents and blaming them on rats. The poor women also do not know that he is also a sadistic killer with a taste for slow, gruesome torture and clever traps. The whole nasty situation comes to a head when a Nazi hunter begins to trail him. Although the doctor himself was never a Nazi, his father was a wanted war criminal. Later it is revealed that the physician feels that he is predestined to follow in his father's grisly footsteps. He proves this after every killing when he plays a game of Russian roulette with his revolver. Each empty chamber is an affirmation that he is doing what he should. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Klaus Kinski
as Dr. Karl Gunther
Talia Balsam
as Lori Bancroft
Barbara Whinnery
as Harriet Watkins
Sally Brown
as Martha White
Carol Francis
as Jessica Marlow
Carole Francis
as Jessica Marlow
as Sophie Fisher
Jack Heller
as Alfred Lassiter
Kenneth Robert Shippy
as Joseph Steiner
Tane McClure
as Sophie Fisher
David Abbott
as Hank Peterson
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Critic Reviews for Crawlspace

All Critics (11)

Crawlspace is an effective little horror movie with a bevy of tension coursing through its dark and sleazy veins and offers up an air of unpredictability for horror fans who think they've seen it all.

Full Review… | January 7, 2016
Daily Dead

While there's always intrinsic interest in watching the unhinged Klaus Kinski in action (whether while delivering a performance or in behind-the-scenes footage), even his bizarre behavior can't elevate this truly atrocious film.

Full Review… | April 18, 2014
Creative Loafing

Crawlspace is kind of a mess, albeit a thoroughly fascinating one.

Full Review… | December 30, 2013
Aisle Seat

Crawlspace revels in its sadistic oddities, but it falls short of true suspense except for at a few key moments.

Full Review… | December 18, 2013

Shout! Factory has rendered this strange and forgotten Klaus Kinski Nazi horror-comedy just a little easier to love.

Full Review… | December 17, 2013
Slant Magazine

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Full Review… | January 21, 2013
Screen International

Audience Reviews for Crawlspace


I was really enjoying this movie and Kinski until the little twist we learn about his character makes it all very cliche by the end. Still, it's worth watching, Kinski plays a real psycho, and that's always entertaining, I think. It's a pretty good scary flick.

Aj V
Aj V

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All you need to know is that Klaus Kinski plays a psychotic Nazi landlord. That will either intrigue you, or it won't. As you can see, I'm in the former category.

Jonathan Hutchings
Jonathan Hutchings

Super Reviewer


Silly, unbelievable, slow moving... but Kinski makes it worth the watch.

Steve K
Steve K

Super Reviewer

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