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The People Under the Stairs (1991)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Mystery  |  1 November 1991 (USA)
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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 can't escape.

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Storyline

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 neighborhood there is one house that adults whisper about and children cross the street to avoid. 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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Wes Craven was inspired to write this film after reading a real-life news story about burglars breaking into a house. When authorities arrived, the burglars had disappeared but they discovered locked doors with noises coming from behind. Children had been locked up inside the rooms by their parents, never allowed to go outside. See more »

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When the police car pulls up to enquire about the van, in a side shot of the car you can see a crew member reflected in the back window. See more »

Quotes

Woman: Get off my property!
Grandpa Booker: Just want to finish saying our piece, ma'am.
Ruby Williams: Not only are you bad landlords but 10 times worse. You've stolen all the children from our community for your own sick needs!
Woman: There's no community here, all I see are a couple of ni...
[the entire neighborhood comes up behind Ruby and Booker]
First man: Ruby, right here!
First woman: Got that right!
Second woman: We busted your ass, bitch!
Ruby Williams: What're you gonna do, shoot us all?
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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 Home Alone For Adults.
7 March 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I found The People Under The Stairs very entertaining as it combines comedy with suspense. The Mum and Dad character were really creepy but provided the most laughs in the movie which is kind of odd in a way. The kid (who is kind of annoying) is similar to Macauley Culkin's character in Home Alone and the Ma and Pa characters are similar to the burglars from Home Alone too but instead of the bad guys invading the good guys house the good guys are invading the bad guys house. The house is cool as heck with loads of secret passages and gizmos, it's a child's dream play house! It has thrills, suspense, laughs and gore! There is not much bad to say against it but don't go in to this thinking it's a horror movie because it isn't. A darned good flick! 9/10


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