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
Scenes from this movie are shown on the Twister Ride at Universal Studios Orlando. The Twister Ride at Universal Studios allows the guest to experience what it would be like to be in a real tornado or "Twister" which destroys a mock city street during the ride. On the Twister set there are various structures such as buildings, vehicles, and a gas station to include the Galaxy Drive-In theater set. As the Twister Ride unfolds, and before the set is torn apart by the simulated tornado conditions, the Galaxy Drive-In plays scenes from "The People Under the Stairs". An attendants managing the ride confirmed this information, and said they couldn't get the rights to show the other movies listed on the Galaxy Drive-In sign which are "A Night of Horror", "The Shining", and "Psycho". See more »
When Fool is climbing inside the chimney (just before him and Alice descend down and hit Mommy), you can see the brick chimney wobble as he climbs in. See more »
People have tried.
You mean, the people in the cellar?
Who are they?
Mommy and Daddy looked a long time to find the perfect boy child, but each one they found turned out bad. Some saw things they weren't supposed to, others heard too much, others talked back. Daddy cut out the bad parts, and put the boys in the cellar, one by one. They get flashlights and food of some kind. I suppose they're happy in their own way.
Yeah right. What about you? How come they haven't put you in the cellar?
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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 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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