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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 Jarrod
September 23rd, 2007

"The People Under the Stairs' is a weird but funny horror movie from Wes Craven, about a bizarre, sadistic couple (Everett McGill and Wendy Robie), who kidnap children and keep them in the basement, cutting out their tongues as punishment for their sins, at least what constitutes sin in the minds of crazy religious nuts who are willing to murder without compunction and abuse a young girl named Alice, who they have also kidnapped and raised as their daughter, though she would like to be elsewhere. Fool (Brandon Adams) breaks into their house, along with Leroy (Ving Rhames), who believes they have money stashed away somewhere, they are slumlords, who lord over the surrounding ghetto.

Fool gets locked in the house, meets Alice and Roach (Sean Whalen), who has escaped the basement and now moves around through passages in the wall, pursued in vain by McGill, who puts on a leather outfit and grabs a shotgun as he hunts down Roach. McGill and Robie are insane, wildly insane, wretched and loathsome psychos who get a well-deserved comeuppance. Is it scary? Not in the slightest, it often borders on absurdity, but it is infectiously fun, so odd and off-handedly humorous, it is worth seeing at least once. Yeah, the people in the basement are creepy, especially when we first see them, but then we realize who the real monsters are.

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