Reel Black: The People Under the Stairs

The People Under the Stairs

USA | 1991 | 102 min. | Wes Craven

October 27, 2024

Reel Black: SoulGenre

In the shadows of a menacing mansion, a family discovers the horrifying secrets hidden beneath the stairs, exposing a nightmarish world of oppression and terror in this chilling Wes Craven cult classic.\


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Follow Fool, a young boy from a poverty-stricken neighborhood, who becomes entangled in a nightmarish journey within the home of the sinister landlords, the Robesons. As Fool navigates the maze-like house, he discovers a grotesque reality beneath its surface – a secret community of mutilated and abused individuals living in captivity. As the protagonists navigate the twisted corridors of the house, the film delves into themes of economic disparity, social injustice, and the horrors lurking behind seemingly affluent facades. Blending horror with social commentary, The People Under the Stairs remains a thought-provoking and unsettling cinematic experience that challenges audiences to confront the hidden terrors embedded in societal structures.

  • Director: Wes Craven
  • Principal Cast: Brandon Adams, Everett McGill, Wendy Robie, A. J. Langer, Ving Rhames, Sean Whalen
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1991
  • Running Time: 102 min.
  • Producer: Stuart M. Besser, Marianne Maddalena
  • Screenplay: Wes Craven
  • Cinematographers: Sandi Sissel
  • Editors: James Coblentz
  • Music: Don Peake
  • Filmography: The Hills Have Eyes (2006) and The Last House on the Left (2009), Scream (1996), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984
  • Language: English

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