Crawlspace

  • 1986
  • 1 HR 17 MIN
  • R
  • Horror

Kinski has made a career of playing homicidal nuts on the big screen, whether in such exploitative cheapies as SCHIZOID or in such brilliant pictures as AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD and FITZCARRALDO. This time out he plays the demented son of a Nazi war criminal. A physician and expert in euthanasia, Kinski runs a safe-looking boarding house for nubile young...read more

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Kinski has made a career of playing homicidal nuts on the big screen, whether in such exploitative cheapies as SCHIZOID or in such brilliant pictures as AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD and FITZCARRALDO. This time out he plays the demented son of a Nazi war criminal. A physician and expert in

euthanasia, Kinski runs a safe-looking boarding house for nubile young starlets. Behind the walls, however, lies a maze of crawl spaces through which Gunther slinks on his belly. For cheap thrills, he peeks through the heating vents to watch the girls undressing. To give them a little scare, he

bangs on the vents and later blames the racket on rats. But Kinski is not simply a voyeur; he is also perversely addicted to violent, sadistic, torturous murder. The good doctor really begins to get wacky, however, when Nazi hunter Balsam starts snooping around. Relying on very real fears of

Naziism and memories of concentration- camp atrocities to heighten its horrors, CRAWLSPACE is almost more depraved than even this genre warrants. Kinski's performance is, however, compelling. Having convinced himself that he is meant to kill, the murderer after each murder ritualistically puts a

bullet into the chamber of a revolver, spins the barrel, and puts the gun to his head. Hearing only a click when he fires, he finds that his life has been spared again. Reading this as a sign to continue his killing, Kinski utters the words, "So be it." Not as gory as most slasher entries,

CRAWLSPACE is instead simply ugly and disturbing.

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  • Released: 1986
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Kinski has made a career of playing homicidal nuts on the big screen, whether in such exploitative cheapies as SCHIZOID or in such brilliant pictures as AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD and FITZCARRALDO. This time out he plays the demented son of a Nazi war crimi… (more)

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