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The People Under the Stairs (1991)

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Two adults and a juvenile burglar break into a house occupied by a brother and sister and their stolen children and become trapped.

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The People Under the Stairs is the story of a young boy (Fool) from the ghetto and takes place on his 13th birthday. In an attempted burglary (along with two others) of the home of his family's evil landlords, he becomes trapped inside their large suburban house and discovers the secret of the "children" that the insane brother and sister have been "rearing" under the stairs. Written by chinagirl

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In every neighbourhood there is one house that adults whisper about and children cross the street to avoid. Now Wes Craven, creator of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" takes you inside... See more »


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Rated R for terror/violence | See all certifications »

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1 November 1991 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$24,204,154 (USA)
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Graeme Revell was the original composer, but his score was rejected (though at the closing titles he received credit as composer for additional music). See more »

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When they discover the dog is dead, the Woman says "Oh My God, Prince!" but her mouth doesn't. See more »

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Fool: Listen Alice, they're not your real parents.
Alice: What?
Fool: They're not. They're not even husband and wife. They stole you, like they did Roach and all the others. They're a bunch of rotten baby snatchers.
Alice: You're just saying that...
Fool: My grandfather Booker told me. He wouldn't lie to me.
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Featured in Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010) See more »

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DO THE RIGHT THING
Written by David 'Redhead' Guppy & Markell Riley
Performed by Readhead Kingpin & The F.B.I.
Courtesy of Virgin Records, Ltd.
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A classic fairy tale!
27 December 1998 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

I really think people who describe this as a comedy or even a horror comedy are missing the point - it's a classic fairy/folk tale, right down to the theme of the kid having to earn manhood and a "real name" by doing a heroic deed. Wicked step-parents, hidden treasure (gold coins, even!), creepy house with secret passages and monsters in the basement, captive maiden to be rescued, innocent villagers held in slavery by evil (land)lords - it's all there! I know this could be said of a lot of fantasy/horror films, but this one seems to be more clearly derived than most. Loved it!


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