The People Under the Stairs

Still of Wes Craven in The People Under the StairsStill of Brandon Quintin Adams in The People Under the StairsStill of A.J. Langer in The People Under the StairsStill of Brandon Quintin Adams and Everett McGill in The People Under the StairsStill of Ving Rhames and Brandon Quintin Adams in The People Under the StairsStill of Wendy Robie in The People Under the Stairs

Plot

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

Release Year: 1991

Rating: 6.1/10 (12,173 voted)

Director:
Wes Craven

Stars: Brandon Quintin Adams, Everett McGill, Wendy Robie

Storyline
The People Under the Stairs is the story of a young boy (Fool) from the ghetto and takes place on his 13th birthday. In an attempted burglary (along with two others) of the home of his family's evil landlords, he becomes trapped inside their large suburban house and discovers the secret of the "children" that the insane brother and sister have been "rearing" under the stairs.

Cast:

Brandon Quintin Adams

Fool

(as Brandon Adams)


Everett McGill

Man


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

Taglines:
In every neighbourhood there is one house that adults whisper about and children cross the street to avoid. Now Wes Craven, creator of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" takes you inside…

Release Date: 1 November 1991

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA



Box Office Details

Budget: $6,000,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $5,522,250
(USA)
(3 November 1991)
(1 Screen)

Gross: $24,204,154
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:


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Germany:
(cut version)



Did You Know?

Trivia:

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.

Goofs:

Audio/visual unsynchronized:
When they discover the dog is dead, the Woman says "Oh My God, Prince!" but her mouth doesn't.

Quotes:

Fool:
My name is Fool. What's yours?

Alice:
[shyly]
Alice.

Fool:
Don't be scared. You never seen a brother before?

Alice:
Never had a brother.

Fool:
No, I mean a black dude. There's black folks in this neighborhood.

Alice:
Neighborhood?

Fool:
The neighborhood. You know, outside.

Alice:
Well, that's outside, not in here.

Fool:
So you get outside, don't you?

Alice:
[shakes her head]

[…]



User Review

A classic fairy tale!

Rating:

I really think people who describe this as a comedy or even a horror comedy
are missing the point – it's a classic fairy/folk tale, right down to the
theme of the kid having to earn manhood and a "real name" by doing a heroic
deed. Wicked step-parents, hidden treasure (gold coins, even!), creepy house
with secret passages and monsters in the basement, captive maiden to be
rescued, innocent villagers held in slavery by evil (land)lords – it's all
there! I know this could be said of a lot of fantasy/horror films, but this
one seems to be more clearly derived than most. Loved it!