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The People Under the Stairs

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Movie Info & Cast


Two adults and a juvenile break into a house occupied by a brother and sister and their stolen children. There, they must fight for their lives.


  • Brandon Quintin Adams
  • Everett McGill
  • Wendy Robie
  • A.J. Langer
  • Ving Rhames
  • Sean Whalen
  • Bill Cobbs
  • Kelly Jo Minter
  • Jeremy Roberts
  • Conni Marie Brazelton

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While The People Under the Stairs may leave some horror fans unsatisfied and other horror detractors repulsed, it ought to satisfy those viewers who appreciate a thoughtful and visceral movie entertainment.

Metacritic review by Marjorie Baumgarten
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

If there were truth in advertising, The People Under the Stairs would be called The Not Very Scary Movie Set Inside a Grungy, Badly Lit House.

Metacritic review by Owen Gleiberman
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Craven also wrote the script here, based on a news story about California parents who kept their children locked in the basement for many years. That's scary -- and so is how far Craven has fallen.

Metacritic review by Richard Harrington
Richard Harrington
Washington Post