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The People Under the Stairs
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Directed By
Wes Craven

Written By:
Wes Craven

Everett McGill, Brandon Adams, Ving Rhames, A.J. Langer, Sean M. Whalen, Kelly Jo Minter, Wendy Robie, Wendy Robie

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The People Under the Stairs (1991)
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Movie Review by Movie Addict
December 2nd, 2008

A wild ride!

Favorite Movie Quote: "Nice to see the rich folks' got rats too."

Have you ever ridden a roller coaster? You go up slowly, reach the top, and then the fun begins. There is nothing like it in the world.

Wes Craven's little film is just like that. It starts off slow as we see a family being about to be kicked into the streets by greedy landlords before Leroy (Ving Rhames) enlists the son, Fool (Brandon Quintin Adams) into a scheme to get some gold coins from the landlord to pay the rent and get medical treatment for his sick mother.

Then our coaster starts going down. It picks up speed as we see some strange things about this house - locks on the outside, dead flies piled in a corner - and we wonder what is going on. Out comes the Rottweiler and we know that we are in trouble, but we are starting to fly.

Then we meet the weird gun-nut husband (Everett McGill) and religious-wacko wife(Wendy Robie); siblings actually from a long line of incest, and we start to see that the real evil in this house isn't under the stairs, but above them.

There are some interesting characters along our journey; Roach (Sean Whalen) who lives in the walls, Alice (A.J. Langer), who was kidnapped and is abused as a "daughter," and the ones who live in the basement.

It is funny and exciting throughout. Sure, there are some gory bits, but not too bad, as the main idea is fun and excitement.

So, don't get scared as that coaster hits top speed, just concentrate on the excitement and you'll love it.

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Dec 4, 2008 3:20 PM
I didn't remember this one being that good but I saw it nearly eighteen years ago so perhaps my view of it may be entirely different once I re-visit...
Movie Addict
Dec 4, 2008 3:41 PM
Maybe I was just in the mood for some scary excitement.

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