There are so many horror films that no one ever talks about and until studios like Shout! Factory do them justice with proper distribution, they are all but lost to the world. This statement has never been more true than when speaking about David Schmoeller’s 1986 Empire Pictures production, Crawlspace.
With very little blood displayed in its 80 minute runtime, Crawlspace’s true horror lies solely in Klaus Kinski’s character, Dr. Karl Gunther. Dr. Gunther is a voyeuristic landlord, who with the use of his meticulously built hidden tunnels, keeps close watch on his tenants, until the time is right to make them his victim.
Klaus Kinski is undoubtedly one of the creepiest actors I’ve ever seen. Yet, as creepy as he was, I could not help but be enthralled by his performance. With grim diary entries and sadistic murder devices, Dr. Gunther is the epitome of horror villainy.
With Pino Donaggio’s score adding to the already eerie atmosphere, Crawlspace is not one to miss out on. I give this film 4 bullets out of 5.