The People Under the Stairs
Directed By
Wes Craven
Produced By

Shep Gordon
Wes Craven
Marianne Maddalena
Stuart M. Besser
Dixie Capp

Peter Foster
Written By
Wes Craven

Brandon Adams
Everett McGill
Wendy Robie
A. J. Langer
Ving Rhames

Sean Whalen
Music By
Don Peake
Sandi Sissel
Editing By
James Coblentz

Release Date(s)
November 1, 1991
102 minutes
United States

The People Under the Stairs is a 1991 horror film directed by Wes Craven.


A thirteen year old boy nicknamed Fool lives in the ghetto and has found out his family is going to get evicted from their run down apartment. On top of that he learns his Mother is dying of cancer. Fool is persuaded by family friend, Leroy to sneak into the landlords' home to steal a prized coin collection rumored to be in their home. Desperate to help save his Mother's life and the family from being thrown into the streets, Fool goes with Leroy and Leroy's friend, Spenser to the house. They use all sorts of disguises to get in, but it doesn't work. Once they force their way into the house, they realize they got a lot more than they were looking for. After Spenser and Leroy are tragically killed, Fool tries to escape. Running for his life, he bumps into the landlords' daughter, Alice, a young abused girl full of nothing but scars and fear. Fool feels sympathy towards Alice and persuades her to escape with him. Fool then finds out that the evil and sadistic landlords are not a married couple but brother and sister who keep trying to give birth to the perfect child.


Box OfficeEdit

The film opened at #1 in the box office,taking in $5.5 million in sales on its opening weekend, it remained in the box office top 10 for a month.


It holds a 56% rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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