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The People Under the Stairs (1991) Movie Information

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Wes Craven


Brandon Quintin Adams
Everett McGill
Wendy Robie
A.J. Langer
Ving Rhames
Sean Whalen





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On his 13th birthday, a boy helps his sister's boyfriend attempt to rob the house of the greedy local landlord. Getting inside is the easy part, escaping is another matter entirely. -- Chris Kavan

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Ian 09/28/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A sort of Home Alone rip-off, with a kidnapping plot thrown in. The trailer made this movie out to be some kind of terrifying cannibal fest with horrible mutilations as hands reach through the walls to rip people apart. That and the name itself with the tag line, "They will cross the street, do anything to avoid the house with.. the people under the stairs..." The director should have dispensed with the light-hearted comedy feel and the plucky young children heroes and made it a dark and gristly *horror* film about cannibals living under the stairs.

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Monnie1976 08/29/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Wes Craven doesn't get near enough appreciation for this twisted, scary and humorous little film. With great acting performances from the lead kids and plenty of pleasant over the top antics from the lead villains the movie is both entertaining and delivers plenty of suspense. I saw this recently and was pleasantly surprised how well this held up.

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Armando Sanchez 01/24/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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this has to be Wes Craven's best film,besides "scream".many people didn't like this as much,but i love this film.the story,the plot,the style,the characters,i loved everything about this truly delivered on every basis.check this movie out.who cares what people say,cause remember,when people say a movie is bad,it's actually good.Wes Craven is truly still the master of suspence.

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Snoogans 01/17/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Crazy adults running a booby trapped house, with indescribable people living in the basement, makes for an odd and slightly funny film. The (hero) kid is one to root for.

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sapien 03/14/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I can remember when this movie came out and parts of the trailer. But, I don't remember much of the actual movie itself. I do remember thinking, though, that it's just your typical horror flick.

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01/09/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The People Under The Stairs" by Yojimbo

A young boy from the ghetto is trapped inside the house of a pair of ruthless cannibalistic slumlords who keep a group of kidnapped children in their basement. This is Wes Craven's attempt to jump on the ghetto bandwagon with this horror comedy that plays out like The Addams Family crossed with Home Alone. There's some attempt at social commentary hidden in here somewhere, as a gang of subjugated whiter-than-white people are kept helpless and voiceless under the control of the capitalist elite who drain all the money from a black neighbourhood, but the Scooby Doo script just has a group of kids running around dark corridors in a spooky mansion looking for buried treasure. The likeable cast do their best with what they have to work with but there's no plot, no context and little in the way...

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