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15 November 2011

The People Under the Stairs (1991) Quickie Review

Directed by: Wes Craven
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Runtime: 102 Minutes
Wes Craven’s little horror adventure is rather stupid, but is not all bad. You get soem few cheap thrills and plenty of corny comedy along with it. Fool (Brandon Adams), an African-American teen, breaks into the home of the wealthy landlords who evicted his family from a ghetto tenement. A fortune in gold coins is rumoured to exist inside, but Fool discovers that the mansion is a chamber of horrors presided over by a pair of incestuous, serial killer siblings (Everett McGill and Wendy Robie). 

The twisted couple currently have a daughter whom they control to a freakish and cruel extent. 

Fool is able to avoid the evil lovers as he moves through the house's maze of hidden passageways. He discovers that the occupants have a daughter, Alice (A.J. Langer), who has survived their abuse, so he rescues her and they attempt to free the "people under the stairs."


The plot is insanely silly, but I think the macabre and horrific thought of two twisted parents keeping children locked in their basement is quite inventive. In addition, it is based on a true story of parents who locked kids in their basement. With plenty of little thrills, corny acting and lots of good horror humour, the film turns out as an average piece of horror possibly worth a miss.

My Rating: 5/10

2 comments:

  1. under your advisement, I shall not watch this then, great review

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  2. I don't think I'll watch this. great review though

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