The People Under the Stairs (1991)
Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller | Black Comedy
Country: USA | Director: Wes Craven
Language: English | Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 | Length: 102mn
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Audio 2: Commentary with Director Wes Craven
Audio 3: Commentary with Actors Brandon Adams,
A.J. Langer, Sean Whalen And Yan Birch
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.
This is a terrific film, one of Craven’s best, and one of a handful of great little horror movies made in the late eighties / early nineties by Shep Gordon’s Alive Films company. It works wonderfully on several different levels; it’s basically a great horror-adventure film with lots of action and scares, but it’s also a weird culture-clash drama, a mythic adventure with a princess to be freed and golden treasure at the end, and even a lefty citizens’ rights story. It’s gloriously all over the place. The cast are excellent, especially young Adams, who holds the movie squarely on his small shoulders, and McGill and Robie (who played husband and wife on the TV show Twin Peaks) as the thoroughly psychotic Mom and Dad. A great visceral movie with lots of horrible moments – Adams battles with the vicious rottweiler, McGill gleefully chewing bits of Rhames’ corpse, the ominous piles of dead flies in the kitchen. The art direction is tremendous; the gigantic, gruesome Bad Place of a house is horrifically cavernous and foreboding, crammed full of crawlspaces, archaic plumbing, ghoulish brickdust and crumbling plasterboard. Full of intriguing ideas and sociological riffs (gun culture, S&M tendencies, incest, racism, class exploitation), this is a movie bursting at the seams with cinematic creativity.