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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 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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The "House" interiors were also used for filming Rob Zombie's Halloween (2007). See more »

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After Alice stabs the Woman, you can see the Woman removing the knife but you can see she's removing it from the side of her body. See more »

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Fool: How did Spenser get past her? She's got X-Ray eyeballs!
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DO THE RIGHT THING
Written by David 'Redhead' Guppy & Markell Riley
Performed by Readhead Kingpin & The F.B.I.
Courtesy of Virgin Records, Ltd.
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All in the name of perfection.
7 January 2004 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

Once again director/writer Wes Craven delivers the thrills and chills. A young boy(Brandon Adams)is persuaded by a hapless crook(Ving Rhames) to break into his landlord's house to steal a gold coin collection. The house turns out to be an overly secured mansion that was formerly a funeral home. The demented landlord(Everett McGill)and his wife(Wendy Robie) and daughter(A.J. Langer)are not the only weirdness to be found. There is the mangled denizens under the stairs...in the basement...between the walls. The husband and wife are actually brother and sister. This tale of horror turns into a campy riot and easy to gain a cult following.


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