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Crawlspace

A sadistic landlord spies on his tenants using secret passages leading to their rooms.

 

United States
Italy
1986
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Animals: 
Rat
Sadist: 
Rigger
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Government: 
Nazi
5.04
Wall to wall!
5.04
5.04
5.04
5.04
2
4
2
Effects
Pace
Plot
The introduction scene led me to believe this film was about an apartment building with secret passages rigged with traps. In reality, it’s more about the master mind that came up with these contraptions, a strange looking Nazi surgeon who kidnaps people for mysterious reasons. “Crawlspace” refers to the tunnels the landlord uses to spy on his tenants.
Klaus Kinski has a smile only a mother could trust. He looks like he’ll stab you in the back the first chance he gets. He won’t leave you indifferent. His performance makes the film cheesier than it already is. Kinski aside, this cast isn’t particularly exciting. They needed women, for one thing, who would do nudity, and, apparently, no one looked at their resumes.
The premise is intriguing, but where are all the traps? The torture devices? How is the villain’s surgeon status helping him achieve any of his goals? Did the story need that Nazi subplot? The script could’ve used a few additional passes, and it should’ve been trimmed. That ending, though, almost redeems the weaker facets. And good job showing everything that goes on in that crawlspace!
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