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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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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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1 November 1991 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$24,204,154 (USA)
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Butterfly McQueen (the maid from Gone with the Wind (1939)) lived in the house where this was filmed. See more »

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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 »

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Grandpa Booker: Meanwhile, you be careful. That brother and sister act you mess with are evil, plain and simple.
Fool: Wait a minute, brother and sister?
Grandpa Booker: Brother and sister. Tailend of the craziest family you ever heard of. Every generation more insane than the one before it. Started out as a family running a funeral home, selling cheap coffins for expensive prices. Then they got their fingers into real estate, started making a lot of money taking over people's homes. The more money they got, the greedier they got. ...
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LULLABY FOR A LITTLE TREE
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Fun, creepy, and exciting!
20 June 2006 | by (Somewhere East) – See all my reviews

Now Wes Craven may not talk about this one too much, but you know what? I bet he's more proud of this film than most of his films. You know why? He went back to his original roots of storytelling as such how he made "Last House On The Left". The film is an exploitation film, but you would never guess it by the stylish way he fits it into the urban setting, and the wretched display of the villains. You know what? This film tops the last few films he's ever done. I think so, because he uses the old school style of scares, and yes, this film delivers some real moments. It has a very light sense of adventure and humor, but it's all for not without the scares. What would you do if you were a 13 year old boy, tapped in a big, strange house, which is a death trap for all burglars and juveniles? Not only that, but the owners who live their are not only your landlords, but also total psychotics! Well, with a few paths within the house, walkways in the walls, and trap doors in the oven and heater, you might have a chance at living. Brandon Adams, A.J. Langer, Wendie Robie, and Everett McGill are great, and work well together. I hope Universal releases a special edition DVD of this one soon. We need it.


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