3 items from 2015
Wes Craven’s best films are all driven by ideas, whether it’s a boogeyman who can kill you in your sleep or that same fictional boogeyman gaining real-world power from our collective fear. When those ideas combined with politics or social issues, the results were Craven’s rare “message” movies — raw nerves transformed into horror films as a way for the filmmaker to express his outrage. 1991’s The People Under the Stairs is Craven’s first real “message” movie since the one-two punch of The Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes. It’s also one of his most underrated.
Less a horror film than it is a pitch black comedy, The People Under the Stairs is Wes Craven’s most overtly political film. There’s nothing apologetic about it and, like Joe Dante would later do in Homecoming, Craven has something he wants to say »
- Patrick Bromley
Throughout a very prolific and sometimes uneven career as an incredibly notable genre filmmaker, Wes Craven’s aesthetic often grapples with issues of revenge and adolescence, having given birth to the iconic The Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream franchises, both series exploring notions of metatextual reinvention. Cutting his teeth with grindhouse horror titles that have since been re-made, many of his more obscure offerings have languished in the critical realm of inconsequential desolation. But it’s his 1991 offering The People Under the Stairs which is worthy of reappraisal, arguably the filmmaker’s best and most bizarre work. Campy, hysterical, creepy, and replete with a socially conscious message, it’s an early 90s cult classic that retains its power to delight and weird out.
Poindexter, aka Fool (Brandon Quintin Adams) as his older tarot card toting sister Ruby (Kelly Jo Minter) calls him, has just learned they’re behind on rent three days. »
- Nicholas Bell
Universal Cable Productions (Ucp) continues to fortify its genre slate signing a first-look deal with horror mastermind Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream), which includes a TV adaptation of his 1991 thriller The People Under the Stairs. The deal, announced today by Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President, Development, will focus on creating unparalleled scripted programming for NBCUniversal and external networks. Here's what Dawn Olmstead had to say in a statement.
"Wes is an icon whose films have captivated audiences for decades. We're thrilled to be working with him, and to be able to bring his enormous talent and unique blend of horror, humor and intelligence to television."
Wes Craven himself had this to say about his deal with Ucp in a statement.
"Ucp is the home of an amazing slate of TV programming and I'm delighted to be working with them. Fasten your seatbelts."
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3 items from 2015
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