Unfortunately, the movie didn't really bear this out. Kinski plays the landlord of a small apartment building, where he rents only to attractive young women. He crawls through the air ducts to spy on them and occasionally kill one of them. There's also a subplot where a man who suspects Kinski's character of killing his brother via medical euthanasia a few years earlier shows back up on his doorstep.
Kinski is usually so good at projecting menace, but for some reason he chose to play this role in a very subdued, muttering way. Also, the years between 1986 and the present have not been kind to Crawlspace; it looks very dated. For most of the movie, the landlord is more annoying than frightening. It just doesn't really work.
Now, the pros:
- Even when he's not great, Kinski can still act more with his eyes than most actors do with their entire body. His Russian Roulette scenes are the most interesting parts of the movie.
- Only 80 minutes long!
- The motion picture debut of Tane McClure, who went on to a rich career in late night cable movies.