Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Crawlspace (1986)


Number Rolled: 47
Movie Name/Year: Crawlspace (1986)
Genre: Horror
Length: 80 minutes
Rating: R
Director: David Schmoeller
Writer: David Schmoeller
Actors: Klaus Kinski, Talia Balsam, Barbara Whinnery, Carole Francis, Tane McClure, Sally Brown, Jack Heller, David Abbott, Kenneth Robert Shippy, David Schmoeller

Well, my brain officially needs to be scrubbed with bleach. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I disliked this movie.

This movie was about a doctor, specializing in euthanasia, that owns a boarding house for women and gets his rocks of crawling through the heating ducts of the house spying on them and causing chaos. It also turns out that he’s a serial killer, with a love for slow torture and traps, who believes he’s supposed to follow in his nazi-father’s footsteps. After each kill he plays Russian roulette with himself, and every time the bullet doesn’t fire he figures that just means he’s good to go on continuing his “kill all the people” philosophy.

Low budget movies don’t bother me. In many cases, actually, I prefer them. The smaller budget forces the director to be more creative on how he realizes his vision. I have seen a lot of movies that have taken a small budget and done spectacular things with it. This was not one of those. Though, to be fair, I’m not all that certain a bigger budget would have helped all that much.

The movie was horrible. There was a twenty minute chase scene that was one of the most boring things I’ve ever seen in a film. The acting was worse, except for the main bad guy, Klaus Kinski, who was ridiculously creepy and did a great job of it.

I wouldn’t watch this movie again if someone paid me to. The only reason it’s not below a one is because the main actor really is made for horror movies, he was amazing. I hope I will eventually get to see him in a movie that doesn’t suck. Also, despite the horrible execution, the plot was actually relatively original for its time.

Overall Opinion – 1.5/5

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