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The People Under the Stairs ()


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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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Fool (as Brandon Adams)
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Man
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Woman
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Alice
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Leroy
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Roach
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Grandpa Booker
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Ruby Williams
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Spenser
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Mary
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Young Cop (as Joshua Cox)
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Veteran Cop
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Police Sergeant
Teresa Velarde ...
Social Worker
George R. Parker ...
Attic Cop
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Stairmaster
Wayne Daniels ...
Stairperson 1
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Stairperson 2
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nic Cramer ...
Person Under the Stairs (uncredited)
Jon Kinney ...
Drug Addict #1 (uncredited)
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Drive-by Biker (uncredited)
David Robinson ...
Person Under the Stairs (uncredited)

Directed by

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Wes Craven

Written by

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Wes Craven ... (written by)

Produced by

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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

Music by

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Don Peake

Cinematography by

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Sandi Sissel

Film Editing by

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James Coblentz

Editorial Department

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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

Casting By

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Eileen Mack Knight

Production Design by

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Bryan Jones

Art Direction by

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Steven Lloyd Shroyer

Set Decoration by

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Molly Flanegin

Costume Design by

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Ileane Meltzer

Makeup Department

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Jerry Baker ... special makeup effects assistant
David P. Barton ... special makeup effects artist (prosthetic supply)
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

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Stuart M. Besser ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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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

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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

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Rick Bozeat ... sound editor
Paul B. Clay ... supervising sound editor
Rich Coleman ... sound recordist
Roberta Doheny ... re-recording mixer
Walter Gorey ... boom operator
Susan Kurtz ... sound editor / 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 ... re-recording mixer

Special Effects by

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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

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Linda Arvidson ... stunts
John Branagan ... stunts
Anthony Cecere ... stunt coordinator / stunts
Dane Farwell ... stunts
Sandra Lee Gimpel ... stunts
Marian Green ... stunts
Jeff Habberstad ... stunts
Melvin Jones ... stunts
Kelsee King-Devoreaux ... stunt double / 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

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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 (as Lex DuPont)
Linda Field ... grip
Samuel Fischer ... dimmer board
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

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Andria Mack ... casting assistant
Rick Montgomery ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Tim Wegman ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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Judson Schwartz ... location manager (as Judson Neil Schwartz)

Music Department

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Dick Bernstein ... music editor
Laurie Higgins Tobias ... supervising music editor
Graeme Revell ... composer: additional music

Transportation Department

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Jimmy Jones ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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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
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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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines 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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Also Known As
  • Le sous-sol de la peur (France)
  • Das Haus der Vergessenen (Germany)
  • El sótano del miedo (Spain)
  • Οι άνθρωποι κάτω από τις σκάλες (Greece)
  • La casa nera (Italy)
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Runtime
  • 102 min
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Box Office

Budget $6,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $5,522,250, 03 Nov 1991

Did You Know?

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Trivia 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 »
Goofs When Fool hits Daddy with the "iron" poker, it snaps in half and is obviously made of thin wood. Fool stops briefly, and looks off set in surprise, before continuing with the scene. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Cape Fear/Strictly Business/All I Want for Christmas/Liebestraum/The People Under the Stairs (1991). See more »
Soundtracks DO THE RIGHT THING See more »
Quotes Leroy: You seen Spencer?
Fool: I seen Spencer, alright.
Leroy: You find anything?
Fool: Something found him. He's dead, Leroy. I think scared to death.
Leroy: Y-you sure?
Fool: You thought he was white before, you should see that sucker now!
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