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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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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Wes Craven (written by)
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Release Date:
1 November 1991 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
Two adults and a juvenile burglar break into a house occupied by a brother and sister and their stolen children and can't escape. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (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

Joshua Cox ... Young Cop
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)
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Directed by
Wes Craven 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
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
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)
 
Stunts
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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MPAA:
Rated R for terror/violence
Runtime:
102 min | Germany:99 min (cut version)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Chile:14 | 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?

Trivia:
Wes Craven chose Wendy Robie and Everett McGill to play the parts of Mommy and Daddy after seeing them play husband and wife on the TV series, "Twin Peaks" (1990).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Roach writes "ALICE" in the white wall, in the first shot he writes it neatly. In the next shot the writing is very messy, then neat again in the next shot.See more »
Quotes:
Leroy:Nice to see the rich folks' got rats too.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
LULLABY FOR A LITTLE TREESee more »

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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
In the top 5 of Craven's movies!, 7 May 2002
Author: SPaS from Finland

Years ago I went to see this movie with my friend, think I was 15... Well, liked it then, like it now! A mystery to me is that how can this horror gem be so underrated - at the time it's practically forgotten! C'mon! Let's see what we got here!

1) Originality. It's mostly day time, we're up against no Jason or Michael, but two HUMAN baddies, and the setting is just a normal (well, then again maybe not so normal) HOUSE in the middle of a suburb! In between the lines this pays homeage to Halloween by shoving that inhabited areas can be just as deserted and unsafe as, say, a foggy forest...

2) Humour. This must be the most coal-black-humour-ridden splatter flick in history! And believe it or not, it all works! You'll be either frightened and laughing your ass off in every twisted turn, I promise you that. A school- book example of a roller-coaster-ride- kind of a movie! Most of this thanks to the nutcased "parents", especially the father (Everett McGill)!

Also instead of a caucasian College kid Johnny Football Hero in the lead for goodies, we this time have a 13-year old black kid everyone calls "Fool".

Was Craven ahead of his time back then? I think "Scream" owes at least a bit to this one in what comes to taking the splatter genre not too seriously... Any which way, go rent this one right away!

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