Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 23rd, 2007
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1972
Director: John Newland
Writer: Ernest Kinoy
Cast: Arthur Kennedy, Teresa Wright, Tom Happer, Eugene Roche, Dan Morgan, Matthew Cowles
DVD released: October 1st, 2007
Approximate running time: 75 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Wild Eye
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.98
Crawlspace is a claustrophobic tales about a demented drifter who becomes the son an elderly couple never had. The film Crawlspace is based on the Herbert Lieberman novel which is also titled “Crawlspace”. Crawlspace was directed by John Newland who also directed also notable films like Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and worked on several T.V. series including “Police Woman”, “Night Gallery” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”. Crawlspace also features a eerie and memorable score from the legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith.
Crawlspace is a very simple story which involves very few locations and characters. In its limp seventy five minute running time there are way too many more moments that bring everything to standstill then there are moments which hold your attention. Performance wise Arthur Kennedy and Teresa Wright are very good in their respective roles. The performance to watch is that of actor Tom Happer as Richard Atlec the young man who likes to hide in crawlspaces. Happer is superb as the eccentric and unbalanced Richard Atlec. Most of what happens if predicable and the ending is not shocking or surprising. Ultimately Crawlspace takes a solid premise and fails to exploit it to its full potential.
Crawlspace was a made for T.V. movie and it is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. Colors are washed out and detail look soft throughout especially during darker scenes. There is some noticeable print damage throughout.
This release comes with only one audio option the film’s original English language mix. The audio mix has some hiss and distortion issues most of which are not that intrusive to the overall presentation.
This release comes with Nada in the extras department. Crawlspace gets a sup par DVD release from Wild Eye which is not in as good shape as the audio/video presentation for Wild Eye’s The Devil’s Daughter DVD.
Overall if you are fan of the film this is about as good of a version that you will likely see for some time to come while everyone else should rent this title first.