Well it Doesn't Suck
Kayla Gates (Raleigh Holmes) returns home from college when her parents move in to the dream house that her father Tim (Jonathan Silverman) and mother Susan (Lori Loughlin) always wanted. What they don't realise is they are not alone as hiding in their attic is Aldon Webber (Steven Weber) the previous owner of the house who when his children died in the pool had a nervous breakdown and was forced to let go of the house by the bank which Tim works for when he didn't keep up the payments. But when strange things start to happen from the bins getting put out with no one doing it to the TV turning itself on in the middle of the night the Gates family begin to realise they are in danger, they just don't realise how much danger they are in.
As "Crawlspace" started and I saw the words "Inspired by True Events" I had mixed feelings as far too often I have watched movies which refer to true events and true stories only to watch a generic movie but the cast in this with the always lovely Lori Loughlin attracted me as did the basic premise. The whole idea of a psychotic previous tenant living in an attic and spooking the family who have moved in is full of potential to be a horrifying movie which will make you sleep uneasy at night.
But "Crawlspace" just didn't work like I hoped it would and didn't deliver the fear factor like I wanted it to although it is at times surprisingly graphic. It certainly tries and the build up which sees various things happening is quite effective as things such as empty cartons being left in the fridge to old neighbours acting peculiar are not out of the question in the real world. Combine that with Aldon watching the Gates family through air conditioning vents in the ceiling and walking around the place when they are not about or are sleeping is entertaining. The trouble is that not only does it fail to really build the right atmosphere but you have to let some things ride as to what Aldon gets away with. Although you will certainly be careful around vacuum cleaners when you watch a scene involving death by one.
But what "Crawlspace" has it the right cast and whilst I wouldn't say that the chemistry between them is 100% believable the likeability of Raleigh Homes and Lori Loughlin certainly helps to make it engaging. Plus there is Steven Weber whose silent presence during the movies first half is when it is at its most effective, especially during the scene involving the vacuum cleaner.
What this all boils down to is that "Crawlspace" is a mixed bag as some things in it are surprisingly good with the likeable nature of the cast playing a big part in its effectiveness. But whilst it has some graphically horrifying moments it is hit and miss with some scenes working better than others.
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