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The People Under the Stairs (1991)

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Two adults and a juvenile break into a house occupied by a brother and sister and their stolen children. There, they must fight for their lives.

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Wes Craven

Writer:

Wes Craven
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Teresa Velarde ... Social Worker
George R. Parker George R. Parker ... Attic Cop
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Storyline

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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Plot Keywords:

house | cellar | incest | death | sadism | See All (218) »

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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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for terror/violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wes Craven's The People Under the Stairs See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,522,250, 3 November 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,204,154
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Graeme Revell was the original composer, but his score was rejected (though at the closing titles he received credit as composer for additional music). See more »

Goofs

When Alice and Fool are going through the walls when she whispers "Shh, if he can't hear us, he can't shoot us." Her mouth did not move at all. See more »

Quotes

Ruby Williams: What're you gonna do, shoot us all?
Woman: You'll do!
Alice: No!
[drops out of the ceiling and knocks the Woman's head against the floor]
Ruby Williams: Damn, she knocked that bitch cold!
Second man: Look at her, what they doing to her in there?
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DO THE RIGHT THING
Written by David 'Redhead' Guppy & Markell Demont Riley (as Markell Riley)
Performed by Readhead Kingpin & The F.B.I.
Courtesy of Virgin Records, Ltd.
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very stylish
2 April 2004 | by callanvassSee all my reviews

fast paced fun and very stylish little horror flick is very well acted and is kinda creepy in spots i really liked the settings in this one and the dialog is intelligent and it is always interesting and quite stunning at times oh and ya get to see Ving Rhames that is always a pleasure there is lots of blood and a creepy looking basement with lots of weird images and other great delights the direction is awesome tons of stylish shots and it has a great happy ending the movie is at times horrifying and with Wes Craven directing that makes it even better so all in all a great little film that i highly highly recommend i give this movie a ***1/2 out of 5


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