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The People Under the Stairs (1991)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Mystery  |  1 November 1991 (USA)
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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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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$24,204,154 (USA)
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Although Alice was a 12 year old girl, actress A.J. Langer was almost 17 when she played the character in this movie. See more »

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When Fool goes over and starts throwing rocks into the pond, the brown paper bag beside his foot keeps moving between shots. See more »

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Woman: How dare he come into our happy home!
Man: He came back to get Alice! You should have let me kill her!
Woman: You stay away from Alice!
Man: She did it with him! I know it!
Woman: Not my little girl!
Man: She's a whore!
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"Burn in hell"
23 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

I don't know how I found out about this movie to be honest. I think I was just really bored one day and bought it at a video store. But, I'm glad I did.

The movie is both funny and creepy, and personally I couldn't stop watching. It was quite interesting.

Story is simple but actually quite complex at the same time (if that makes any sense). 3 burglars (2 gangsters and a kid) from the slums break into the house of the landlords of a big apartment building, and become trapped inside and face the horrors that await them.

The best performance was definitely Brandon Quintin Adams as Fool, the 13 year old boy who breaks into the house with the 2 other criminals, Leroy (an early but great performance by Ving Rhames) and Spenser (Jeremy Roberts). Everett McGill and Wendy Robie played a good, insane couple, Daddy and Mommy. And Sean Whalen was really good as Roach, the main child from the basement who lives in the walls.

With a good mix of comedy, horror, and great characters, traps, atmosphere, People Under the Stairs should be part of any Horro lover's collection.

9/10.


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