Crawlspace is a much better movie than the critics say it is. It's the story of a man who runs an apartment house for women. Unfortunately for them, he's a sadist with sociopathic tendencies. Needless to say, things don't go well for the tenants. The one and only German born actor Klaus Kinski [Nosferatu '79 version] stars as Dr. Karl Gunther. He has an unmistakably off-kilter appearance on screen that works well for the character. This is not Anthony Perkins doing his theatrics as Hannibal Lector. Kinski's goes deeper and subtler. Personally, I think he does a great job with the role.
The women, as they say, are grist for the mill. Crawlspace starts off slow but then continues to build and spiral downward. The last scene where Kinski puts on smeared lipstick and watches old Nazi films is truly disturbing.
A shout out to Sally Brown for her amazing portrayal of Martha White, a woman who has been held captive by Dr. Gunther for far too long. Her tongue has been cut out and it's clear she's been horribly abused. Brown completely nails the character and give us some of the more emotional moments of the film.
Yes, we've seen this kind of movie before. Yes, the script needs a bit more work especially in the form of more backstory. But I think Crawlspace is well worth your time solely for Kinski's performance. Don't listen to the critics on this one. Give a chance and let me know what you think.
RATING: Very Good
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.