The People Under the Stairs (1991)
Director: Wes Craven
Main Stars: Brandon Quintin Adams, Everett McGil, Wendy Robie, A.J. Langer, Sean Whalen
Storyline: A child and two adults break into a house to learn that it is occupied by a twisted brother and sister that are trying to find and raise the perfect child.
Review (Spoils): Tough kid Fool (Brandon Quintin Adams) breaks into a house that is owned by his family’s landlords and he discovers that it is a twisted trap of a house. We a twisted man (Everett McGil) and his sister (Wendy Robie ) that act like over religious inbreed that have kidnapping and trapping children and boarding them up underneath the stairs of the house. Fool comes across a shy timid girl named Alice (A.J. Langer) and other stranger characters that help him to escape the madness of the house.
If you want to understand this film take the novel Flowers in the Attic and mix it with the mother of Carrie and you have The People under the Stair. This works well! We have twisted characters, demented incest couple, some exciting chases, shootings, some blood and scares. The plot is very simple and yes Fool can be annoying but everything in between keeps the film flowing and the audience interested. No this not a high budget horror film but a low budget weird film that keep you drawn in.
Everett McGil and Wendy Robie are both over the top and you will remember these characters as great freak villains. Also A.J. Langer and Sean Whalen were awesome playing the parts of the children that help with the rebellion. All memorable characters for sure.
Rating: Wes Craven did well with this film. He created one of the weirdest films of his career and the bits of comedy actually worked. Very bizarre but yet very worth to drink too.