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The People Under The Stairs Reviews

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 6, 2015
A parable of underclass exploitation that ends in revolution and extreme -- even explosive -- wealth redistribution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 25, 2015
Or The Script Under the Coffee Cup... As with most Craven images, this one suffers from lackluster performances, a clumsy screenplay, a campy tone, and a noticeable lack of suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
August 14, 2015
A wacky, darkly comic, and obscenely weird horror movie...
Dustin Putman
August 10, 2015
As a horror film and an allegory that is just as timely in the 21st century as it was in the early 1990s, "The People Under the Stairs" actually has something to say beyond its goal to frighten.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
July 6, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
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.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
June 24, 2006
There are a few push-button frights, but a total dearth of mind-disturbing terror; the humour, too, is broad, crowd-pleasing stuff.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
June 3, 2005
Perhaps the most staggeringly incompetent movie in the director's uneven canon.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Andreas Samuelson
October 28, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Though the new movie has its share of blood and gore, it is mostly creepy and, considering the bizarre circumstances, surprisingly funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
June 8, 2004
Craven toils under the influence of Lynch and Raimi, but below the surface hyperactivity the results are the same.
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 24, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
March 5, 2003
Goofy fun for fans of schlocky horror films.
| Original Score: 3/5
December 27, 2002
Very good Wes Craven thriller
| Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
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."
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
"The People Under the Stairs" provides a few jolts here and there, but writer-director Wes Craven certainly doesn't let taste stand in the way of exploitation.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 1, 1991
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Emanuel Levy
September 9, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
September 6, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
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