People Under the Stairs (1991) Movie Review

People Under the Stairs (1991)

1991 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Comedy
102 minutes /

User Score: 82/100

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People Under the Stairs Review


Two adults and a juvenile burglar break into a house occupied by a brother and sister and their stolen children and can't escape.

Wes Craven‘s The People Under the Stairs is an interesting tale of a young boy named Fool who is struggling in the projects. He, his sister’s boyfriend Leroy (played by a very young Ving Rhames), and a friend of theirs decide to break into their land lord’s house and rob him. However, they soon find out that the job will not be as easy as they thought. Everett McGill & Wendy Robie do a great job of playing the sick and sad**tic "Ma" and "Pa" characters that own the home. The film has very disturbing images and references. "Pa" beats and sexually abuses their "daughter" Alice and always claims that she will "burn in Hell" with the rest of the sinners. Fool discovers that the people under the stairs he encounters while hiding from the crazed couple (who actually turn out to be brother and sister, sick huh?) aren’t monsters at all, but prisoners of men and boys "Ma" and "Pa" had collected over the years, trying to find the perfect son. The movie sounds confusing and sick, but it’s done pretty well. The acting could be a lot better, especially the part of Fool (played by a young Brandon Adams) but the great story makes up for it. The ending is beautiful and makes the movie a classic in my eyes. All in all, Wes Craven’s "People Under the Stairs" is far from being his greatest film, however, it’s still an interesting and original story, with some memorable images and ideas.

About People Under the Stairs (1991)

Title: People Under the Stairs
AKA: The People Under the Stairs
Year: 1991
Runtime: 102 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Comedy
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4.05/5 stars from 11 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 11
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Sean Whalen, Ving Rhames, John Mahon, Kelly Jo Minter, Everett McGill, Teresa Velarde, Danny Kopel, Wendy Robie, Bill Cobbs, John Hostetter, Yan Birch, A.J. Langer, Josh Coxx, George R. Parker, Wayne Daniels, Nic Cramer, Jon Kinney, Michael Kopelow, Brandon Quintin Adams, Jeremy Roberts, Conni Marie Brazelton, David Robinson
Writers: Wes Craven
Director: Wes Craven

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