The People Under the Stairs

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Time Out says

Craven aims for an archetypal confrontation between childlike innocence and wicked step- parent cruelty, but the results are more grim than Grimm. Black ghetto child Fool (Adams) joins a pair of neighbourhood burglars planning to steal a legendary hoard of gold coins from the Old Dark House of weirdo couple McGill and Robie. Once inside, things go badly wrong: Rottweilers go for the throat, mutant children lurk beneath the stairs, and while maniacal Robie invokes the wrath of the Lord, wigged out McGill rampages in leather fetish gear, firing a shotgun at the brats in the walls. Trapped with tongue-less mutant Roach (Whalen) and abused stepdaughter Alice (Langer), Fool barely escapes being fed to the voracious People Under the Stairs. There are a few push-button frights, but a total dearth of mind-disturbing terror; the humour, too, is broad, crowd-pleasing stuff.
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Release details

UK release:

1991

Duration:

102 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Wes Craven

Cast:

Sean Whalen, Ving Rhames, AJ Langer, Wendy Robie, Everett McGill, Brandon Adams, Bill Cobbs

Music:

Graeme Revell

Production Designer:

Bryan James

Editor:

James Coblentz

Cinematography:

Sandi Sissel

Screenwriter:

Wes Craven

Producer:

Stuart Besser, Marianne Maddalena

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