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The People Under the Stairs -- 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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Writer (WGA):
Wes Craven (written by)
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Release Date:
1 November 1991 (USA) See more »
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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Brandon Quintin Adams ... Fool (as Brandon Adams)

Everett McGill ... Man

Wendy Robie ... Woman

A.J. Langer ... Alice

Ving Rhames ... Leroy

Sean Whalen ... Roach

Bill Cobbs ... Grandpa Booker

Kelly Jo Minter ... Ruby Williams
Jeremy Roberts ... Spenser

Conni Marie Brazelton ... Mary

Josh Coxx ... Young Cop (as Joshua Cox)
John Hostetter ... Veteran Cop

John Mahon ... Police Sergeant
Teresa Velarde ... Social Worker
George R. Parker ... Attic Cop

Yan Birch ... Stairmaster
Wayne Daniels ... Stairperson 1

Michael Kopelow ... Stairperson 2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nic Cramer ... Person Under the Stairs (uncredited)
Jon Kinney ... Drug Addict #1 (uncredited)

Danny Kopel ... Drive-by Biker (uncredited)
David Robinson ... Person Under the Stairs (uncredited)

Directed by
Wes Craven 
Writing credits
Wes Craven (written by)

Produced by
Stuart M. Besser .... producer
Dixie J. Capp .... co-producer (as Dixie Capp)
Wes Craven .... executive producer
Peter Foster .... associate producer
Shep Gordon .... executive producer
Marianne Maddalena .... producer
Original Music by
Don Peake 
Cinematography by
Sandi Sissel 
Film Editing by
James Coblentz 
Casting by
Eileen Mack Knight 
Production Design by
Bryan Jones 
Art Direction by
Steven Lloyd Shroyer 
Set Decoration by
Molly Flanegin 
Costume Design by
Ileane Meltzer 
Makeup Department
Jerry Baker .... special makeup effects assistant
Howard Berger .... special makeup effects supervisor
Michelle Bühler .... makeup artist
Denise Dellavalle .... assistant makeup artist
Earl Ellis .... key special makeup effects technician
Robert Kurtzman .... special makeup effects supervisor
Rick Lalonde .... special makeup effects assistant
Mark Maitre .... key special makeup effects technician
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects supervisor (as Gregory Nicotero)
Barbara Olvera .... hair stylist
David P. Barton .... dental prosthetics (uncredited)
Wayne Toth .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Stuart M. Besser .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carl Beyer .... production assistant
Peter Chesney .... second unit director
Rosemary C. Cremona .... key second assistant director
Melanie L. Knox .... second second assistant director
Nicholas Mastandrea .... assistant director (as Nick Mastrandrea)
Art Department
Will Blount .... property master
Chester A. Hewett III .... stand-by effects carpenter
Kent Johnson .... painter
Fernando Lau .... construction foreman
Philip Mayor .... storyboard artist
Lisa Thompson .... assistant set decorator
Ernst van de Bovenkamp .... set constructor
Helen Wilson .... draper
Sound Department
Rick Bozeat .... sound editor
Paul B. Clay .... supervising sound editor
Rich Coleman .... sound recordist
Roberta Doheny .... sound re-recording mixer
Walter Gorey .... boom operator
Susan Kurtz .... sound editor
Susan Kurtz .... sound effects editor
Greg W. Lowe .... adr recordist
Diane Marshall .... foley artist (as Diana Marshall)
Ernesto Mas .... adr editor
Peter Reale .... supervising re-recording mixer
Carin Rogers .... sound editor
Karin Roulo .... foley mixer
Jeffrey L. Sandler .... sound editor
Tanya Sharp David .... adr mixer
Steve F.B. Smith .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Pat Somerset .... adr editor
Don Summer .... sound mixer
Mike Szakmeister .... sound editor
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Howard Wilmarth .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Peter Chesney .... special effects supervisor
Robert Clark .... mechanical dog effects
Mark Goldberg .... dog effects crew
Mark Goodell .... dog effects crew
Camilla Henneman .... dog effects crew
Timothy Huizing .... puppeteer
Kent Jones .... dog effects crew
Rikelle Kerr .... dog effects crew
James McLoughlin .... dog effects crew (as Jim McLaughlin)
Dean W. Miller .... key effects coordinator (as Dean Miller)
Kate Steinberg .... special effects projects coordinator
Sandra Stewart .... effects technician (as Sandy Stewart)
J.D. Streett .... effects technician
Tom Chesney .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Linda Arvidson .... stunts
John Branagan .... stunts
Anthony Cecere .... stunt coordinator
Anthony Cecere .... stunts
Dane Farwell .... stunts
Sandra Lee Gimpel .... stunts
Marian Green .... stunts
Jeff Habberstad .... stunts
Melvin Jones .... stunts
Kelsee King-Devoreaux .... stunt double
Kelsee King-Devoreaux .... stunts
Kent W. Luttrell .... stunts
Eric Mansker .... stunts
Paula Marie Moody .... stunts
Beth Nufer .... stunts
William R. Perry .... stunts
Lori Lynn Ross .... stunts
Dan Rycerz .... stunts
Lynn Salvatori .... stunts
Birgit K. Schier .... stunts
Lee Waddell .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Douglas L. Adam Jr. .... assistant camera
Dana Altomare .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Huston Beaumont .... rigging gaffer
George Billinger III .... camera operator
Joe Celeste .... key grip
George M. Chappell .... gaffer: second unit
Ted Chu .... Steadicam assistant
Craig Cockerill .... second assistant camera
Tony Cutrono .... director of photography: second unit
Jeffrey De La Rosa .... lighting technician
Ronnie Dennis .... first assistant camera
Matthew Dorsey .... electrician
Lex DuPont .... Steadicam assistant
Linda Field .... grip
Jerry Gorman .... first assistant camera: second unit
Chris Hayes .... additional camera operator
Dan Kneece .... Steadicam operator
Jules Labarthe .... gaffer: second unit
Jerry L. Mandley .... electrician
Jeff Mart .... Steadicam operator
Bruce McCleery .... gaffer
Ned Nedrow .... rigging grip
Terry Pfrang .... first assistant camera
Felix Rivera .... gaffer: second unit
Brian Robertson .... best boy grip
Dave Robey .... best boy electric
Brenda Ryan .... camera loader
Wendi Van Dyke .... second assistant camera: second unit
Carol Westwood .... still photographer
Gary A. Williams .... grip
Jamie Young .... dolly grip
Casting Department
Andria Mack .... casting assistant
Rick Montgomery .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tim Wegman .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Sondra Davis .... first assistant editor
Brian Leon .... telecine colorist
Tim O'Neil .... second assistant editor
David Orr .... color timer
William Pine .... color timer (as Bill Pine)
Angela Robinson .... second assistant editor
Yvonne Valdez .... post-production coordinator
Tom Walls .... additional editor
Music Department
Dick Bernstein .... music editor
Laurie Higgins Tobias .... supervising music editor
Graeme Revell .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Jimmy Jones .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Joi Andreoli .... script supervisor
Henri Bollinger .... unit publicist
Rocky Bonifield .... stand-in: A.J. Langer (as Roxanne 'Rocky' Meyers)
Kathie Broyles .... title designer
James Dew .... animal trainer
Fabio Golombek .... set production assistant
Sarah James .... production coordinator
Van Johnson .... stand-in
Sean Lemar .... stand-in
Julie Mondin .... stand-in
Jeffrey A. Okun .... title designer
Tom Prince .... production executive
David Riggons .... stand-in
Angelo Rivers .... animal trainer
Roger Schumacher .... head animal trainer
Judson Schwartz .... location manager (as Judson Neil Schwartz)
Crystal Weaver .... production assistant
Wanda Welch .... stand-in
Sharon 'Mae' West .... script supervisor
Daniel Wheatcroft .... studio executive
Richard Wicklund .... studio teacher
Michael Haro .... additional production assistant (uncredited)

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Rated R for terror/violence
102 min | Germany:99 min (cut version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1993) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1992) (2002) | Germany:18 | Germany:16 (cut) | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Norway:18 (video premiere) (1992) (uncut) | Norway:(Banned) (1991-2003) (cinema release) | Portugal:M/18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 (original rating) | UK:15 (video re-rating) (2002) | UK:18 (video rating) (1992) | USA:R (certificate #31396)

Did You Know?

Wes Craven was inspired to write this film after reading a real-life news story about burglars breaking into a house. When authorities arrived, the burglars had disappeared but they discovered locked doors with noises coming from behind. Children had been locked up inside the rooms by their parents, never allowed to go outside.See more »
Continuity: When Fool falls down the basement stairs, at the top of the stairs he has on one shirt, when he gets to the middle of the stairs, he has on another shirt, and when he finally lands at the bottom, he has on the first shirt again.See more »
Man:Kiss your ass goodbye, boy!See more »
Movie Connections:
References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)See more »


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23 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
I liked it, 6 October 2004
Author: Ilona Ward (kameleontti) from Oulu, Finland

Many people dislike this movie but it's good enough for watching, if maybe not several times then at least once. "Don't damage the face", says Mother and leaves Father to punish Alice for being a bad girl. That's it, I'm hooked to the screen. First time I saw this movie I missed the beginning but it works well without it. Actually you can skip the background story with the financial problems and society issues and stick to the horror - and it's comical side. I specially liked the kid called Roach, who had his tongue cut out for bad words. Alice was also great, a shy little girl that tries to be nice for Mommy and not soil her pretty dress, though she feeds the basement people and guides Fool around when the time comes. When you watch a doll being pulled away from you on a string, you must follow it... Find a candle in the darkness. You know you must get out but the door is locked. The only way out is upwards.

There is a lot of nice visual stuff like the old bathroom or running inside the walls and the light drifting in from bullet holes. Mother and Father live in a fantasy where children are supposed to be pretty and behave. Now a few decades ago that was reality, but they are pulling it over the edge by mutilating their children and locking them in the basement if they're naughty. I recall that the kids weren't really theirs but kidnapped from around the area. Many people writing down the plot have misunderstood it somehow. It is quite poor but in this case it's not supposed to be a main attraction. I bet the writer came up with the idea of a sick mother and burglary in order to get money for medical treatment only after inventing the main idea about the house and the brother and sister living together as a couple, herding a bunch of insane children. Well they must have some reason to get Fool into the house, so why not...

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