The People Under The Stairs

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In theaters Nov 01, 1991
R, 1 hr. 42 min.

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Movie Info

Synopsis: 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
Director: Wes Craven
Rated: R
Running Time: 1 hr. 42 min.
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Theater Release: Nov 01, 1991
DVD Release: Oct 07, 2003

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Critic Reviews

  • A pretense of social responsibility and most of the necessary tension get lost in a combination of excessive gore and over-the-top perfs in The People Under the Stairs. More...
  • There are a few push-button frights, but a total dearth of mind-disturbing terror; the humour, too, is broad, crowd-pleasing stuff. More...
  • Though the new movie has its share of blood and gore, it is mostly creepy and, considering the bizarre circumstances, surprisingly funny. More...
  • 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." More...
  • 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. More...
  • 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. More...
  • Perhaps the most staggeringly incompetent movie in the director's uneven canon. More...
  • 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. More...
  • Craven toils under the influence of Lynch and Raimi, but below the surface hyperactivity the results are the same. More...
  • A heady horror film (virtually a horror-movie fairy tale) punctuated with occasional outbursts of dark-humored slapstick and all centered on an angry socio-political theme. More...

User Reviews

  • Leroy: Nice to see the rich folks' got rats too. "In every neighborhood there's one house adults whisper about and children cross the street to...
  • The films of Wes Craven have proven to be all over the place in terms of quality over the years, but this one falls on the more positive side of...
  • The People Under The Stairs is a drastic change of direction for director Wes Craven. Craven known for some of the most famous films in the genre,...
  • 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...
  • This is just classic Wes Craven. The plot may not make a lot of sense, but the execution is phenomenal. His style is written all over it.
  • There are some huge flaws in the story and I have to address these before I dig into what's good here. The motivation for entering the house is WEAK -...
  • AJ Langer, Brandon Adams, Brandon Quintin Adams A bookish and poverty-stricken young boy becomes involved in a scheme in order to pay for his...
  • Entertainingly campy horror film is the story of a boy who stumbles upon a group of strange people that have been locked away in the basement of an...
  • Fool is a ghetto kid about to evicted who decides to break into the house of the greedy landlords and steal enough to pay the rent. Big mistake - the...
  • A horror movie. The bad guys are crazy and keeps kids prisoner and kill others to feed to the prisoners. It is an average movie. Full of...