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The People Under The Stairs

The People Under The Stairs
Wendy Robie, Everett McGill and Brandon Adams

Rated: R For violence.
Reviewed by: Frank and Chris  
Release date: November 1, 1991

We can all remember when we were young, crossing the street to avoid walking in front of a scary looking house. One of there strange structure house. One of these strange structures houses a whacky couple, "Mother" and "Daddy" played by Wendy Robie and Everett McGill from Twin Peaks.

The couple are slum landlords who evict their tenants and replace the run-down tenements with office buildings, making big money. In their spare time, they take in young boys to raise but, when the lads are bad, Mother and Daddy maim and throw them in the cellar. For food, they're given the odd piece of flesh from various intruders who happen to enter this weird place.

One of the teens gets loose and hides in secret passages between the walls. Every day Daddy, dressed in a black suit covered with studs and armed with a shot gun, hunts for the runaway, blasting huge holes in the walls.

Rumors that a fortune in gold coins is hidden in the house prompts a black youngster (Brandon Adams), along with a couple of accomplices, to break in. Once inside, he finds the odd looking creatures who need some sun and fresh vegetables. They sneak out of the basement by using vents, kitchen cabinets and fireplace openings trying to find a means of escape.

Writer/Director Wes Craven (Nightmare on Elm Street) uses a lot of broad humor in this weird comedy/horror. He has come up with a distinctive and entertaining story that is both exciting and wild. If your taste borders on the bizarre give this one a try.

  Frank Chris Jim Nina Sam Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
The People Under The Stairs  B+   B+                     B+ 

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