The People Under the Stairs

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Overview

Universal's DVD of The People Under The Stairs is a decent if underwhelming edition of the film. The video transfer isn't as sharp as most modern transfers but it delivers the film's nocturnal look of the cinematography with plenty of clarity and no defects. The Dolby 2.0 Stereo audio lacks the power a remix would have given it but it delivers the soundtrack with a decent amount of sonic muscle. Outside of this solid transfer, this disc of The People Under The Stairs has nothing else to offer the viewer, not even...
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Overview

Universal's DVD of The People Under The Stairs is a decent if underwhelming edition of the film. The video transfer isn't as sharp as most modern transfers but it delivers the film's nocturnal look of the cinematography with plenty of clarity and no defects. The Dolby 2.0 Stereo audio lacks the power a remix would have given it but it delivers the soundtrack with a decent amount of sonic muscle. Outside of this solid transfer, this disc of The People Under The Stairs has nothing else to offer the viewer, not even a theatrical trailer. Given Wes Craven's willingness to do commentaries for his work, it's surprising he wasn't approached to do the honors for this film. However, the solid transfer and the cheap price make this disc a decent value and this disc of The People Under The Stairs makes a worthwhile pick for horror fans on a budget.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Of all the films Wes Craven made between the commercial peaks of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, this blackly comedic exercise ranks up there with The Serpent And The Rainbow as the best. Craven's clever script mixes fairy tale elements (wicked parents, lost children, a hidden fortune, etc.) with a storyline that touches on serious subjects like racism and child abuse to create an intelligent, socially conscious backdrop for the gruesome goings-on. The People Under the Stairs also benefits from solid performances that give dimension to its archetypal characters: Brandon Adams and A.J. Langer are sympathetic and believable in roles that are especially demanding for young actors and Everett McGill and Wendy Robie are deliciously over-the-top as the ultimate "bad parents." Craven's direction gives these performances a strong framework, striking an effective balance between stomach-churning shocks and quieter but no less chilling moments where the background of the house and its twisted family are explored. On the downside, The People Under The Stairs occasionally lets its ambition get out of hand: some attempts to lighten the grim story with humor fall flat and the last act incorporates some rather implausible twists to direct the storyline in an uplifting direction. Despite these occasional missteps, the film's frequent chills and startling imagination make it worth sticking with. It's a smart viewing choice for anyone interested in going beyond the hits in Wes Craven's filmography.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • UPC: 025192123726
  • Original Release: 1991
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,687

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brandon Adams Fool
Everett McGill Daddy
Wendy Robie Mommy
A.J. Langer Alice
Ving Rhames Leroy
Sean Whalen Roach
Bill Cobbs Grandpa Booker
Kelly Minter Ruby
Yan Birch Stairmaster
Conni Marie Brazelton Mary
Joshua Cox Young Cop
Wayne Daniels 1st Stairperson
John Hostetter Veteran Cop
Eileen Mack Knight
Michael Kopelow 2nd Stairperson
John Mahon Police Sergeant
George Parker Attic cop
Jeremy Roberts Spenser
Theresa Velarde Social Worker
Technical Credits
Wes Craven Director, Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Howard Berger Special Effects
Stuart M. Besser Producer, Production Designer, Production Manager
Michelle Buhler Makeup
Dixie J. Capp Co-producer
Tony Cecere Stunts
Peter M. Chesney Special Effects
James Coblentz Editor
Kelsee Devoreaux Stunts
Molly Flanegin Set Decoration/Design
Peter Foster Associate Producer
Shep Gordon Executive Producer
Bryan Jones Production Designer
Eileen Mack Knight Casting
Robert Kurtzman Special Effects
Marianne Maddalena Producer
Nick Mastandrea Asst. Director
Ileane Meltzer Costumes/Costume Designer
Gregory Nicotero Special Effects
Don Peake Score Composer
William R. Perry Stunts
Steve Lloyd Shroyer Art Director
Sandi Sissel Cinematographer
Donald Summer Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. "The Fool" (Main Titles)
2. Hidden Treasure
3. Casing the House
4. Man Trap
5. Keep an Eye Out
6. Who Are You?
7. Hunted Down
8. Police Are Outside
9. Sic'em Prince
10. Dead Meat
11. Burn in Hell
12. Gotcha
13. My Promise to Alice
14. Nighty Night
15. All Tied Up
16. You're Busted
17. Jackpot!
18. End Titles
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Scenes
   Recommendations
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English Dolby Surround
      Spoken Language: Español 2.0 Mono
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
   Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    I was a kid when I saw this. I rented the edited version in Bloc

    I was a kid when I saw this. I rented the edited version in Blockbuster and it was awesome.
    First horror movie I ever picked out, and it was one of the best. 


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