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
The tape recorder playing a skewed version of "Now I Lay Thee Down To Sleep" is a nod to Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). Nancy said the proper prayer before she prepared to meet Freddy Krueger in her nightmares. The prayer is also spoken in Craven's first film The Last House on the Left (1972), and the Craven film title My Soul to Take (2010) is directly taken from the last line in the prayer. See more »
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 »
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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