Watch: The People Under the Stairs 1991 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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..
Plot: Poindexter “Fool” Williams, his brother Leroy, and their family face eviction from their rented home in South Central Los Angeles. Their landlords are a greedy, uncaring couple who live in a mansion that’s as huge as it is eerie. Leroy has a plan to burglarize the mansion, but what the boys find inside is not what they expected.
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|6.4/10 Votes: 35,888|
|70% | RottenTomatoes|
|57/100 | MetaCritic|
|N/A Votes: 531 Popularity: 11.07 | TMDB|
Craven on the up again.
Wes Craven’s career as a director has experienced more highs and lows than a bipolar roller-coaster fan; The People Under The Stairs sees him on a particularly unpredictable part of the ride, travelling up a slight incline towards New Nightmare after the rapid drop that was Shocker.
The film is something like a fairground attraction in itself, taking place as it does inside a warped ‘funhouse’—a labyrinthine, booby-trapped mansion owned by a pair of rich, perverted, sibling landlords who are gradually turning their ghetto tenants onto the streets in order to redevelop the land. It also works like a demented urban folk/fairy tale, with fearless child protagonist Fool (Brandon Adams) entering the wicked duo’s home to try and find their hidden stash of gold, only to face a terrifying challenge, rescue a maiden in distress, and become a man in the process. Viewed in this context, the film’s two-dimensional characters, simplistic morality, and less than realistic approach becomes more than acceptable.
The handling of the material is delightfully unpredictable, equal parts twisted humour and genuine horror, with a bit of juicy gore, some truly insane action, a brilliantly designed central set, and the unforgettable sight of Everett McGill dressed from head to toe in a leather S&M outfit. Craven would suffer another drop with his next film, the disappointing Vampire in Brooklyn, before finally delivering maximum thrills with Scream; The People Under The Stairs sits somewhere in the middle—it’s not an absolute classic, but it’s well worth a look.
7.5 out of 10, rounded up to 8 for IMDb.
Ambitious, Exceptional, Well-Written Sociological Horror Flick
Fool is a ghetto kid about to evicted who decides to break into the house of the greedy landlords and steal enough to pay the rent. Big mistake – the landlords turn out to be a loony-toon brother-and-sister act who live in a labyrinthine mansion and literally eat little boys for breakfast. Can Fool get out alive, rescue the imprisoned Alice and save his neighbourhood from the bulldozers ? 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. Brilliantly written and directed by Craven, this is a fine example of the rare breed of multi-layered movie I adore which is automatically derided by snooty film critics who want to keep entertaining films and intelligent films mutually exclusive – may they burn in hell !!
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 42 min (102 min), 1 hr 39 min (99 min) (cut) (Germany)
Genre Comedy, Horror, Mystery
Director Wes Craven
Writer Wes Craven
Actors Brandon Quintin Adams, Everett McGill, Wendy Robie
Country United States
Awards 2 wins & 8 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex 35 BL3
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length 2,803 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm