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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 can't escape.

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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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Through out the entire movie you hear the Man and Woman call each other "Mommy" and "Daddy". You never hear their real names. But when Alice attacks the woman, you hear her yell for the Man and she calls him Eldon. See more »

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When Leroy is in the kitchen talking to Ruby and Fool, the position of the map in his shirt pocket changes a few times in the scene. See more »

Quotes

Alice: Roach is my friend.
Fool: Roach? I'm Poindexter.
Roach: [tries to mumble his name]
Fool: Everybody calls me Fool.
Roach: Foo...?
Fool: You sure got the names, huh?
[notices Alice's basket of homemade dolls]
Fool: This Leroy? You did this? Why you make these?
Alice: To hold the souls of burglars when they died. Or salesmen, workmen, other people who saw too much.
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Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

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THRENODY TO THE VICTIMS OF HIROSHIMA FOR 52 STRING INSTRUMENTS
Written by K. Penderecki
Performed by The National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warshaw
Conducted by Witold Rowicki
Courtesy of Polskie Nagrania
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Fun, creepy, and exciting!
20 June 2006 | by (midwest) – See all my reviews

Now Wes Craven may not talk about this one too much, but you know what? I bet he's more proud of this film than most of his films. You know why? He went back to his original roots of storytelling as such how he made "Last House On The Left". The film is an exploitation film, but you would never guess it by the stylish way he fits it into the urban setting, and the wretched display of the villains. You know what? This film tops the last few films he's ever done. I think so, because he uses the old school style of scares, and yes, this film delivers some real moments. It has a very light sense of adventure and humor, but it's all for not without the scares. What would you do if you were a 13 year old boy, tapped in a big, strange house, which is a death trap for all burglars and juveniles? Not only that, but the owners who live their are not only your landlords, but also total psychotics! Well, with a few paths within the house, walkways in the walls, and trap doors in the oven and heater, you might have a chance at living. Brandon Adams, A.J. Langer, Wendie Robie, and Everett McGill are great, and work well together. I hope Universal releases a special edition DVD of this one soon. We need it.


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