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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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Young Cop (as Joshua Cox)
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George R. Parker ...
Attic Cop
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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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Trivia

The house is located just 1 mile (1.6kM) (a 20 minute walk) from the Eppes family home in Numb3rs (2005). See more »

Goofs

When Fool hits Daddy with the "iron" poker, it snaps in half and is obviously made of thin wood. Fool stops briefly, and looks off set in surprise, before continuing with the scene. See more »

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Woman: Where's the Bear Trooper?
Man: Dead meat. I could've killed him, but I let the people under the stairs do it.
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Referenced in Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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LULLABY FOR A LITTLE TREE
Courtesy of Southern Music Publishing Co., Inc.
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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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