The People Under The Stairs Reviews

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.
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.
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.
June 3, 2005
Perhaps the most staggeringly incompetent movie in the director's uneven canon.
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.
June 8, 2004
Craven toils under the influence of Lynch and Raimi, but below the surface hyperactivity the results are the same.
September 6, 2003
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."
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.