The People Under The Stairs (1991)
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A thirteen year old boy nicknamed Fool lives in the ghetto and has found out his family is going to get evicted from their run down apartment. On top of that he learns his Mother is dying of cancer. Fool is persuaded by family friend, Leroy to sneak into the landlords' home to steal a prized coin collection rumored to be in their home. Desperate to help save his Mother's life and the family from being thrown into the streets, Fool goes with Leroy and Leroy's friend, Spenser to the house. They use all sorts of disguises to get in, but it doesn't work. Once they force their way into the house, they realize they got a lot more than they were looking for. After Spenser and Leroy are tragically killed, Fool tries to escape. Running for his life, he bumps into the landlords' daughter, Alice, a young abused girl full of nothing but scars and fear. Fool feels sympathy towards Alice and persuades her to escape with him. Fool then finds out that the evil and sadistic landlords are not a married couple but brother and sister who kidnap young boys and keep them locked up in the cellar. Fool will stop at nothing to save them and in the end Fool becomes the movie's hero.
In every neighborhood there is one house that adults whisper about and children cross the street to avoid.
Title: People Under The Stairs, The
Release Date: November 01, 1991
Runtime: 102 mins
All Genres: Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 5.9
Buried.com Rating: 6.9 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With P
MPAA Rating: R
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for terror/violence.
Brandon Quintin Adams ...Poindexter 'Fool' Williams (as Brandon Adams)
Everett McGill ...Man / Dad / Eldon Robeson
Wendy Robie ...Woman
A.J. Langer ...Alice
Ving Rhames ...Leroy
Sean Whalen ...Roach
Bill Cobbs ...Grandpa Booker
Kelly Jo Minter ...Ruby Williams
Jeremy Roberts ...Spenser
Conni Marie Brazelton ...Mary
Joshua Cox ...young cop
John Hostetter ...Veteran cop
John Mahon ...Police sergeant
Teresa Velarde ...Social worker
George R. Parker ...Attic Cop
yan Birch ...Stairmaster
Wayne Daniels ...Stairperson 1
Michael Kopelow ...Stairperson 2
Robert Micheal ...The People Under the Stairs
Nic Cramer ...The People Under the Stairs
Jon Kinney ...Drug Addict #1
Danny Kopel ...Drive-by Biker
David Robinson ...The People Under the Stairs
Stuart M. Besser
Dixie J. Capp
The People Under The Stairs Horror Film Trailer 1
The People Under The Stairs Horror Film Trailer 2
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"LULLABY FOR A LITTLE TREE"
"THRENODY TO THE VICTIMS OF HIROSHIMA FOR 52 STRING INSTRUMENTS"
More Movie Taglines:
- In every neighborhood there is one house that adults whisper about and children cross the street to avoid.
- Leroy: He came at me like an airplane or something!
Leroy: Just because a man's lying down doesn't mean he's dead!
Leroy: Yeah, and maybe the President will make me Secretary of Pussy.
Fool: That X-ray lady's back, she's out back right now by the van. She's got a man with her the size of Detroit.
Fool: [after Roach rescues him from "Daddy"] Thanks. Roach: [smiles and nods] Fool: [to Alice] He doesn't talk much, does he? Alice: His tongue's cut out. Roach: [opens his mouth and shows a severed stump] Alice: Mommy caught him trying to call for help one day, and Daddy had to teach him to... Fool: Speak no evil, right? Alice: [nods] Fool: Your father's one sick mother, you know that? Actually, your mother's one sick mother, too! Alice: Shhh! You're speaking evil! They'd kill you if they heard a word you just said.
- Wes Craven was inspired to write this film after seeing a real-life news story about parents who locked their children up inside their house, never allowing them outside.
Wes Craven chose Wendy Robie and Everett McGill to play the parts of Mommy and Daddy after seeing them play husband and wife on the TV series, "Twin Peaks" (1990).
Through out the entire movie you hear the Man and Woman call each other "Mommy" and "Daddy". You never hear their real names. But when Alice attacks the woman, you hear her yell for the Man and she calls him Eldon.
Although Alice was a 12 year old girl, actress A.J. Langer was almost 17 when she played the character in this movie.
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Rating: 6.9 out of 10.0 - 55 votes cast total