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
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 »
When Daddy tells Prince to shut up, the amount of blood on his chin changes between shots. See more »
[after Roach rescues him from "Daddy"]
[smiles and nods]
He doesn't talk much, does he?
His tongue's cut out.
[opens his mouth and shows a severed stump]
Mommy caught him trying to call for help one day, and Daddy had to teach him to...
Speak no evil, right?
Your father's one sick mother, you know that? Actually, your mother's one sick mother, too!
Shhh! You're speaking evil! They'd kill you if they heard a word you just said.
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I found The People Under The Stairs very entertaining as it combines comedy with suspense. The Mum and Dad character were really creepy but provided the most laughs in the movie which is kind of odd in a way. The kid (who is kind of annoying) is similar to Macauley Culkin's character in Home Alone and the Ma and Pa characters are similar to the burglars from Home Alone too but instead of the bad guys invading the good guys house the good guys are invading the bad guys house. The house is cool as heck with loads of secret passages and gizmos, it's a child's dream play house! It has thrills, suspense, laughs and gore! There is not much bad to say against it but don't go in to this thinking it's a horror movie because it isn't. A darned good flick! 9/10
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