Horrorfest 2017 Presents: Crawlspace (1986, David Schmoeller)


Sure this is a trashy slasher thriller, yet Crawlspace has great set design. Oh and Klaus Kinski running amuck, murdering people in ways that would make Jigsaw smile. The film toys with the audience, only showing certain murders and also playing with the voyeur angle. Kinski is the kind of actor who could carry a film, and here he gives a quiet, intense and creepy performance.

Oh and Kinski playing Russian roulette with himself is not even the strangest thing about this film. Talia Balsam is a really likable final girl, and a chair trap is a nasty highlight. Also having Kinski dress up in full Nazi uniform in the last act results in a finale that is a bit, um, eerie. Despite being really dated I still liked this flick, and one has to watch this just to watch Kinski use a little cart to speed through his own elaborate tunnel system. More slasher films should be this unique and interesting. “So be it.”

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