The People Under The Stairs (1991)
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Wes Craven wrote and directed this surrealistic horror-comedy, which was inspired by a true story of parents keeping their children locked in a basement for years. Fool (Brandon Adams), an African-American teen, breaks into the home of the wealthy landlords who evicted his family from a ghetto tenement. A fortune in gold coins is rumored to exist inside, but Fool discovers that the mansion is a chamber of horrors presided over by a pair of incestuous, serial killer siblings (Everett McGill and
Nov 1, 1991 Limited
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There are a few push-button frights, but a total dearth of mind-disturbing terror; the humour, too, is broad, crowd-pleasing stuff.
Though the new movie has its share of blood and gore, it is mostly creepy and, considering the bizarre circumstances, surprisingly funny.
Craven has been directing downhill since his terror triptych of "Last House on the Left," "The Hills Have Eyes" and the original "Nightmare on Elm Street," so it's hardly surprising that he hits bottom with "The People Under the Stairs."
If there were truth in advertising, The People Under the Stairs would be called The Not Very Scary Movie Set Inside a Grungy, Badly Lit House.
The performances combine with Craven's witty script and energetic direction to make The People Under the Stairs a spooky, laugh-filled release most horror fans should get a kick out of.
Perhaps the most staggeringly incompetent movie in the director's uneven canon.
A very uneven but interesting horror thriller with a social message that's somewhat lost in a script with some effective terror and less working humour and slapstick.
Craven toils under the influence of Lynch and Raimi, but below the surface hyperactivity the results are the same.
Goofy fun for fans of schlocky horror films.
Very good Wes Craven thriller
While The People Under the Stairs may leave some horror fans unsatisfied and other horror detractors repulsed, it ought to satisfy those viewers who appreciate a thoughtful and visceral movie entertainment.
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- Leroy: Maybe the President's gonna make me Secretary of Pussy!
- Mommy: You kids'll be the death of me! The death of me.
- Leroy: (talking to Fool about a noise he heard in the vents) Something's in there. As a matter of fact, why don't you crawl in there and see what it is?
- Fool: Turkey-brain! Are you hitting on me like I'm here to save your ass? You're gonna stick your dumb head in there and lose it, like Spenser!
- Mommy: (to Alice) Speak when spoken to. That's what good girls do.
- Mommy: (saying this along with 'Daddy') Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should KILL before I wake. I pray the Lord my soul to take.
- Fool: (when asked how he feels, at the very end of the movie) I feel like a million dollars.
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