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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 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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Hilary Swank auditioned for the role of Roach. Roach was originally written to be either a male or female. See more »

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When Roach writes "ALICE" in the white wall, in the first shot he writes it neatly. In the next shot the writing is very messy, then neat again in the next shot. See more »

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Fool: [after Roach rescues him from "Daddy"] Thanks.
Roach: [smiles and nods]
Fool: [to Alice] He doesn't talk much, does he?
Alice: His tongue's cut out.
Roach: [opens his mouth and shows a severed stump]
Alice: Mommy caught him trying to call for help one day, and Daddy had to teach him to...
Fool: Speak no evil, right?
Alice: [nods]
Fool: Your father's one sick mother, you know that? Actually, your mother's one sick mother, too!
Alice: Shhh! You're speaking evil! They'd kill you if they heard a word you just said.
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Spoofs The Immortalizer (1989) 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 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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