The People Under the Stairs (1991) Back in the '50s, schlock movie mavens used to think up shamelessly blatant, lurid titles in order to sucker teenagers into drive-ins. If the title… R Horror Brandon Adams Everett McGill Wendy Robie A.J. Langer Ving Rhames Universal
Movie Review

The People Under the Stairs (1991)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
D

Details Rated: R; Genre: Horror; With: Brandon Adams, Everett McGill and Wendy Robie; Distributor: Universal

Back in the '50s, schlock movie mavens used to think up shamelessly blatant, lurid titles in order to sucker teenagers into drive-ins. If the title worked, the movie didn't have to be much of anything. Director Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street) appears to be following suit. In The People Under the Stairs, some kids are chased through a house by a couple of puritanical mom-and-pop wackos who make the Bundys look like the Bradys.(The movie's one distinction is that the 'mother' is played by — with supreme viciousness — by a female impersonator named Wendy Robie.) And just who are the people under the stairs? They're a pack of reject male offspring who stagger around like metalhead versions of the undead. 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. D

Originally posted Nov 15, 1991 Published in issue #92 Nov 15, 1991 Order article reprints