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The People Under the Stairs (1991)

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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A TV adaptation of Wes Craven's 1991 film 'The People Under the Stairs.'

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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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house | cellar | incest | death | sadism | See All (191) »

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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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Trivia

Wes Craven chose Wendy Robie and Everett McGill to play the parts of Mommy and Daddy after seeing them play husband and wife on the TV series, Twin Peaks (1990). See more »

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When Fool falls down the basement stairs, at the top of the stairs he has on one shirt, when he gets to the middle of the stairs, he has on another shirt, and when he finally lands at the bottom, he has on the first shirt again. See more »

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Leroy: You seen Spencer?
Fool: I seen Spencer, alright.
Leroy: You find anything?
Fool: Something found him. He's dead, Leroy. I think scared to death.
Leroy: Y-you sure?
Fool: You thought he was white before, you should see that sucker now!
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Referenced in House Mother with Wendy Robie (2015) See more »

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THRENODY TO THE VICTIMS OF HIROSHIMA FOR 52 STRING INSTRUMENTS
Written by Krzysztof Penderecki (as K. Penderecki)
Performed by The National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw
Conducted by Witold Rowicki
Courtesy of Polskie Nagrania
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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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