The People Under the Stairs

The People Under the Stairs

DVD - 2003
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Trapped inside a fortified home owned by a mysterious couple, an impoverished young boy is suddenly thrust into a nightmare.
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : MCA Home Video, 2003
Edition: Widescreen version
ISBN: 9780783255323
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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Sep 03, 2018

Overlooked horror/dark comedy film from the early 90s. After a botched robbery, a kid gets trapped in the house of a very strange, very dangerous couple (Played by Everrett McGill and Wendy Robie from "Twin Peaks."), who are also the kid's family's sketchy landlords. It's the rare horror film with a black protagonist, and even if it's a little cheesy, there are some social aspects that make it interesting. The kid is really good and sympathetic. Ving Rhames and Bill Cobbs have supporting roles. Directed by Wes Craven.

Aug 22, 2018

This is one of my all time horror movies. It's actually from 1991. For some reason our library likes to give us the relatively useless information of the DVD release date instead of when the media is originally released.
This is not a serious film, but I don't think it's meant to be all that funny either. This movie is campy and twisted, with an excellent cast. It has robbery with a treasure hunt, child enslavement and mutilation, cannibalism, incest, booby-traps, a maze of sorts, and a big explosion. There's a lot of tense moments where you bite your nails and hope the protagonist isn't discovered, some jump scares, gross outs, and you'll make a few yelps of triumph. In the end you'll root for the cannibals (and the robber).

Feb 22, 2017

I saw this movie a number of years ago and thought it was really well done. One interesting aspect was that it featured a black hero.

Jul 14, 2014

Very dated. You can tell what movies were popular then. Take Goonies, make it more sinister, add in a dash of Home Alone and just a splash of Texas Chainsaw (the original). It's not a bad film. The kids really kick ass and you can tell Craven put a lot of heart into it.


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